10 Sports Bets that absolutely nailed it in the past years

It’s a proven fact that you need skills to win and to be profitable in the long run in sports betting, but sometimes luck is better than skills! Let’s have a look at the most incredible bets of all times!

10) SAFETY IN SUPERBOWL

MGM Safety bet slip
Year: 2012
Sport: American Football
Location: United States
Stake: 1,000$
Cash out: 50,000$

Safeties in American Football are rare but not incredibly rare; less than 7 have happened in superbowl history (at the time of writing). Jona Rechnitz did not care and still placed this bet on the first scoring play of the game, a safety scored by the New York Giants.
Well, to be honest, he really believe in that, as he staked an astonishing 1000$ on this (at MGM Grand in Las Vegas).

9) THE WIMBLEDON BET

Roger Federer wimbledon trophyYear: 2003
Sport: Tennis
Location: London, United Kingdom
Stake: 1,520£
Cash out: 101,840£

How many Wimbledons has Roger Federer won? A lot! So many that I couldn’t even remember by heart and had to google: 8.
It would be an easy guess now but it wasn’t the case in 2003 when Federer won his first Wimbledon title: Nick Newlife was given odds of 66 for Federer to win 6 more titles in the following 15 years. Well he liked the odds and staked an incredible 1.520£! In 2012, Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray to gain his 7th Wimbledon title, sending 101.840£ to mr Newlife.

8) A 3.5 MILLION BET ON THE UNDERDOG IN SUPER BOWL XLIV? WHY NOT!

Super Bowl XLIVYear: 2010
Sport: American Football
Location: United States
Stake: 3.5 million $
Cash out: 8.75 million $

Yes, you read that right: 8.5 million $. Well the New Orleans Saints were the underdog, but we all know this: anything can happen in sports, especially in Finals!
This was Billy Walters’ (probably the most professional punter of all) biggest bet; good for him it was a winner!

7) MALI IN AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Mali soccer national teamYear: 2010
Sport: Soccer
Location: Angola, Africa.
Stake: 5£
Cash out: 5,000£

Minute 76th, Mali down 4-0 against Angola (the hosts) in the African Cup of Nation. This is when one lucky (and ambitious) punter places his 5-pound bet on the underdogs to draw by full time.
Well, Mali scored 4 goals (3 in injury time) to record one of the greatest comebacks of all times.
The punter’s bet (odds 1000 – 1) resulted in a winner!  Don’t believe it? Check out this video:

6) MCILORY’S FATHER BETS ON HIS SON

Rory McIlroy wins 2014 British OpenYear: 2014
Sport: Golf
Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Stake: 200£
Cash out: 100,000£

Rory McIlory was only 15 years old when his father Gerry McIlroy decided to bet on his talent (literally). His idea was simple: “My son is going to be a Champion!”. Champion of what? Well, the British Open of course (golf); so he phoned his favorite bookmaker to ask for odds on his son to win that tournament within 10 years. Ladbrokes’ answer was a succulent 550-1 price and the rest is history.

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5) LEWIS HAMILTON

Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP win
Year: 2007
Sport: Formula 1
Location: Montreal, Canada
Stake: 50£
Cash out: 75.000£

What’s even better than your dad believing in your talent? Well, when a stranger believes in it too. This is what happened when Richard Hopkins saw 13-years-old Hamilton racing go-carts against his own son. This punter immediately spotted Hamilton’s skills and asked for odds on Hamilton to win his first GP and the World Championship by the age of 25. He got a 1500-1 that were simply too good to resist, so he placed his bet!

4) THE XABI ALONSO BET

Year: 2006
Sport: Soccer
Location: Luton, United Kingdom
Stake: 200£
Cash out: 25,000£

To put it in Paddy Power’s own words: “When he placed the bet we thought it was the easiest 200£ we had ever made.”
Well, not really… Adrian Hayward, a long-time Liverpool supporter, managed to cash in his bet on Liverpool player Xabi Alonso to score a goal from his end of the field during that season.
The bookmaker priced it at 125-1, and, as you guessed from the video, Xavi Alonso scored, Liverpool won and Hayward netted the nice profit: everybody won! (well, bookmaker apart).

3) ST LOUIS CARDINALS

St. Louis Cardinals World Series 2011 ChampionsYear: 2011
Sport: Baseball
Location: United States
Stake: 250$
Cash out: 375,000$

What do you do normally when your team is playing poor and almost has no chances of making it to the playoffs with 15 games to go in the regular season? Well, you bet on them! This is what a punter from Saint Louis must have thought; so, with little over 2 weeks to go in the regular season and his team 5 games far from the last playoff spot, he placed a 999-1 bet on the Cardinals. History told us that that Cardinals team caught fire and went on to win the World Series, which meant a 375,000$ for this lucky bettor. And, what do you do when you cash in such a bet? I really don’t know as that never happened to me yet…

2) ASCOT – DETTORI

Frankie Dettori 7 wins at AscotYear: 1996
Sport: Horse Racing
Location: Ascot, United Kingdom
Stake: 67.58£
Cash out: 550,823£

When interviewed before the first of his seven races, Dettori was feeling optimistic and said that he had chances to win 2 or 3 of those. Darren Yates was probably feeling more optimistic about it and decided to place a 7-folder with all of Dettori’s horse as winners. The odds? Something like 8,150 to 1, not that difficult after all…

1) MICK GIBBS (15-fold accumulator on football)

30 pence pictureYear: 2001
Sport: Soccer
Location: Europe
Stake: 0.30£
Cash out: 500,000£

An easy way to turn 30 pence into 500.000£? Ask Mick Gibbs for a soccer accumulator, that guy is a master! Mick had already profited from multi-selection bets in the past, but in 1999 he cashed in a 15-fold soccer accumulator paying 1,666,666 to 1. Yes, 1 and a half million to 1.
The bet included the winner of that season’s Champion’s League Final between Valencia and Bayern ended with penalty kicks.

Amazing bet!

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