It’s time to place your bets, even on some strange bets

It is commonly known that Las Vegas is the place where one can legally bet on almost anything, as long as the books offer the betting proposition(s). Players love to gamble their money on odd bets, especially around the time of the Super Bowl. Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the ban on sports betting, we may see more oddball bets being offered in states that bet on by sportsbooks. Weird bets are not exclusive to Las Vegas. The United Kingdom also gets in on the action.

Here’s a collection of some of the weirdest, weirdest, and most outlandish bets ever made:

  • 1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Las Vegas, posted odds when the faltering American satellite sky Lab, was about to crash into the ground. The odds of where it would crash were put: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 in the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2000/1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000. /1 that would crash into El Cortez! Turns out he landed in Australia on 1/30.

  • 1980: From the popular TV show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Bets were taken at the Castaways Hotel with odds on each cast member before the end of the season, but the Gambling Control Board ordered a halt to all betting because someone had to have a script that knew the answer.

  • 1981: Amid the ongoing controversy over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm his identity. The sportsbook in Union Plaza quickly jumped on the bandwagon of proposing whose body would be in the coffin. Odds were posted for: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s assassin), or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gambling commission put a cap. Turns out it was Oswald after all.

  • In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.

  • UK bookies also offered 1,000/1 for Tiger Woods to become US President and 5,000/1 for Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky to marry.

  • A London resident named Matthew Drumbell placed a bet of 1,000,000/1 that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he survived? No pun on the man’s name.

During Super Bowl week in Las Vegas, millions of dollars are thrown through the betting terminals to bet on one’s favorite team, and some odd bets as well. Here are some of the past Super Bowls prop bets:

· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or spoil one or more words in the National Anthem? How long will she take to sing it? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare tummy show when she sings it?

If quarterback Tom Brady’s son appears on TV during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady jersey?

How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the game?

What will be the celebration of the first touchdown? A ball spike, a dance, a lie down, a dunk off the goalpost, a Tim Tebow kneel or a kiss from a cheerleader?

· What color of Gatorade will be dumped on the head coach of the winning team? Yellow, orange, transparent, red, green, blue? (Yellow was the favourite.)

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his post-game interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, Nobody? (Teammates were favorites.)

There you have it. I wonder what strange bets are in store for the next Super Bowl? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.

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