Top 5 Best Bets of All Time
Our collection of punting triumphs celebrate the best of betting and its successes. These may be our favourite betting tales from across the web, but have you ever thrown caution to the wind and made an ambitious bet, leaving it in the lap of the odds?
Whether you’ve placed a bet on the gee-gees, tipped your beloved team to come out on top or even tried your luck and bet against the weather – we’d like to know what the best bet you’ve ever made is.
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1. A run for your money
Back in September 1996, builder Darren Yates outlook on life took a dramatic change. It was Champions Day at Ascot, and as a mark of his faith in Frankie Dettori he placed a £67.58 wager backing him. But having combined all of Dettori’s mounts, he’d need to be riding the winning horse for all seven races for him to see a win and cash in. Unbelievable, right? Well Dettori did the impossible, and in return Yates received the £550,823 pay-out.
2. Back of the net
Liverpool fan Adrian Hayward dreams, quite literally, came true. After visualising the goal in his dreams, Hayward placed a £200 bet, with the odds of 125-1, that Xabi Alonso would score a goal from his own half at some point during the season. Bookmaker Paddy Power said: "When he placed the bet we thought it was the easiest £200 we had ever made.” But the unusual bet paid off and when Alonso scored against Luton Town in the FA Cup 3rd round. The goal totalled a win of £25,000.
It was widely reported on that British light-welterweight champion, Curtis Woodhouse, backed himself to win the 2006 boxing title before he had even taken up the sport. Previously an emerging talent in the world of football, Woodhouse turned to his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Before joining the sport, he went to the bookies to place a bet on him becoming a British boxing champion. They reportedly gave him the odds of 50/1. Although he had neither confirmed nor denied collecting winnings of £250,000 he was once quoted saying: "There is a rumour going around that I had a £5,000 bet on myself to win the British title at 50/1. I can neither confirm nor deny these rumours but the drinks are on me."
4. An unlikely tail
The headline of the Mirror read: “Deep sea fisherman nets £5.4 million jackpot in online casino”. We love a pun! The man from Aberdeenshire began betting just 20p a time, but soon his profits began to grow. He is said to have received the biggest pay-out from an online book maker. Although he netted a substantial win, the fisherman said he will continue to work because he’d miss it too much otherwise.
5. All or nothing
Ashley Revell risked everything on red and came out victorious. Selling all his possessions, Revell gambled the grand total of £76,840 on the spin of a roulette wheel of a Las Vegas casino. His last minute decision to opt for red, meant his gamble was down to luck alone. But, it seemed luck was on his side and he scooped £153, 680.