Gambling is a form of entertainment that involves risking money or other valuable items on the outcome of uncertain events. Some people gamble for fun, some for profit, and some for thrill. But some people take gambling to the extreme, making bets that are so outrageous they defy logic and common sense. These bets often involve huge amounts of money, bizarre challenges, or personal sacrifices. According to various sources, here are some of the most outrageous bets ever made in history, with more details and examples.
– The Suitcase Man: William Bergstrom was a mysterious gambler who walked into Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas in 1980 with a suitcase containing $777,000 in cash. He placed the entire amount on a single bet on the craps table, betting on the “don’t pass” line, which means he was betting against the shooter. He won the bet, doubled his money, and left with his suitcase. He repeated this feat twice, winning $590,000 and $190,000 respectively. However, on his fourth attempt in 1984, he lost $1 million and never returned to the casino. His identity and motives remain unknown to this day. Binion’s Horseshoe Casino was founded by Benny Binion, a former Texas gambler who moved to Las Vegas in 1946. He created a casino that catered to high rollers and offered high table limits and no-limit bets. He also installed a famous display of $1 million in cash inside a glass case on the casino floor.
– The Cheeseburger Challenge: Howard Lederer is a professional poker player who has won two World Series of Poker bracelets. He is also a former vegetarian who gave up his meat-free diet for a $10,000 bet. Another poker player, David Grey, challenged him to eat a cheeseburger in exchange for the money. Lederer accepted the bet and ate the cheeseburger, claiming it was “delicious”. He later said he regretted the bet because it led him to gain weight and develop health problems. Lederer is not the only poker player who has made outrageous food-related bets. For example, Phil Ivey once bet $10,000 to eat eight oranges in an hour; Mike Matusow bet $100,000 that he could lose 60 pounds in a year; and Tom Dwan once bet $15,000 to eat a raw onion in two minutes.
– The Bathroom Dweller: Brian Zembic is another poker player with a history of making crazy bets. He once lived in a friend’s bathroom for a month on a $7,000 bet. For another bet, he slept under a bridge with $20,000 strapped to his leg for a week. But his most outrageous bet was when he agreed to get breast implants for $100,000. He underwent the surgery in 1996 and kept the implants for more than 20 years, even after he won the bet. Zembic is one of the most daring prop bettors in the gambling world. He has also made bets on chess games, backgammon matches, golf tournaments, and even running races.
– The Student Loan Sacrifice: In 2010, a student from Ghana named Kwame Fosuhene bet his entire student loan of £4,400 on Mali to beat Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations. Angola was leading 4-0 with 15 minutes left in the game, but Mali staged an incredible comeback and scored four goals to draw the match. Fosuhene lost his bet and student loan, leaving him unable to pay his tuition fees or rent. Fosuhene is not alone in betting his student loan on sports events. According to a survey by Save The Student, one in eight students have gambled with their student loan money, and one in four have considered doing so.
– The Proud Grandfather: In 2013, Harry Wilson debuted for Wales at 16, becoming the youngest player ever to represent his country. His grandfather, Peter Edwards, had placed a £50 bet on him playing for Wales when he was 18 months old, getting odds of 2,500/1. Edwards won £125,000 from his bet and retired from his job as an electrical contractor. Edwards is not the only grandfather who has made a fortune from betting on his grandson’s football career. In 2014, Mick Tunnicliffe collected £10,000 from a £100 bet he made in 2000 when his grandson Ryan Tunnicliffe was nine years old, that he would play for Manchester United. Ryan debuted for the club in a League Cup match against Newcastle United.
These are just some of the most outrageous bets ever made in history. They show that some people are willing to risk everything for a thrill or a challenge simply because they have too much money to spare. Gambling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be dangerous and addictive. Always gamble responsibly and never bet more than you can afford to lose.