Over the past number of years there has been a definitive boom in betting since the birth of sports betting sites such as
BetUS.com online sportbook. With it have come some of the greatest betting upsets known to mankind. In our amazing top five, we will look at some of the shocks of the century.
5. Mali’s Amazing Comeback
In football’s African Cup of Nations last year, Mali found themselves 4-0 down to hosts, Angola. With 11 minutes to go, odds had shortened to 1000-1, at which point one brave punter risked £5 on one of the greatest comebacks of all time. Mali fought back to 4-2 by the 90th minute and panicked defending by Angola saw them eventually scupper their two goal cushion. At those odds, the audacious punter bagged £5,000.
4. Delightful Dettori
In 1996, horse racing jockey, Frankie Dettori, defied 25,000-1 odds and won all seven races at Ascot. Darren Yeats of Morecambe was the only punter willing to take such a hefty gamble and placed a bet of £59. The dismayed bookies had to hand over £550,000 following a shock climax.
3. The Xabi Alonso Dream
In 2006, Adrian Hayward of Newbury, Berkshire placed a bizarre £200 bet. He dreamed that then Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso would score from within his own half at some point throughout the season. Mr Hayward became so convinced that he eventually went to the bookmakers and placed a bet at 125-1.
Then in an FA Cup tie against Luton, with the London club pressing for an equaliser, the goalkeeper went up for a corner. The ball was cleared leaving the goal mouth open for Alonso to shoot and score from his own half. Mr Hayward picked up £25,000.
2. 50p to £1million
In 2008, one punter flippantly threw just 50p on an eight-horse accumulator at odds of 2,000,000-1. You can probably assume he didn’t choose by form, he simply chose the horses by their names. Each of the runners had fairly long odds in the races split between Sandown, Dubai and Wolverhampton, and unbelievably, they all won.
Horses with names like, ‘Isn't That Lucky’, 'Racer Forever' and even more bizarrely, 'A Dream Come True' finished first against the odds and Fred Craggs, of Thirsk, Yorkshire, took home £1million on the same weekend of his 60th birthday.
1. Faith in Lewis
In 2008, McLaren driver, Lewis Hamilton won the F1 World Championship; however, someone had always known he would. Ten years prior, an un-named punter placed a £100 bet on Hamilton lifting one of motorsport’s biggest accolades before he was 25.
Having seen Hamilton karting at just 13 years of age, he placed the bet that eventually won him £125,000. However, he was not the only one, in 2003, when Hamilton would have only been 18, another punter also offered £100 at 100-1 and eventually took home £10,000.
So it just goes to show, if you have that gut feeling, it might just be worth a punt. You might think that betting £1 on anything is barely worth the winnings, but after some of these shocks you might think twice.