Sports Betting: A Look at Some of the Most Successful Bets Ever Made
Sports betting can be a risky activity, but for some people, the rewards can be huge. Throughout history, there have been many notable sports bets that have paid off in a big way.
One of the most famous sports bets of all time was made by a British businessman named William Lee Bergstrom in 1991. Bergstrom placed a $777,000 bet on the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XXXII at the Mirage casino in Las Vegas. The Broncos won the game, and Bergstrom collected his winnings, which were reported to be over $1 million.
Another successful sports bet was made by a professional poker player named Phil Ivey in 2002. Ivey won $4 million by correctly betting that the New York Giants would upset the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL playoff game.
In 2011, a group of friends in Las Vegas won $1 million by betting on the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series at odds of 999-1. The Cardinals pulled off the upset, and the friends collected their winnings.
In 2014, a group of friends in the UK won £1 million ($1.3 million) by betting on the Leicester City soccer team to win the English Premier League at odds of 5000-1. Leicester City pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history by winning the league, and the friends collected their winnings.
In 2019, a Las Vegas resident named David Oancea, also known as “Vegas Dave,” won over $2 million by betting on the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LIV at odds of 100-1. Oancea made a series of bets totaling $85,000 on the Chiefs, and collected his winnings after they defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
Other notable sports bets include a $2.2 million win by hedge fund manager James Holzhauer in 2008, a £1 million ($1.3 million) win by a group of friends in the UK in 2014, and a $2 million win by Las Vegas resident David Oancea in 2019.
While these are just a few examples, they demonstrate the potential rewards of sports betting for those who are able to make informed and successful bets. However, it’s important to note that sports betting carries inherent risks and the majority of people who bet on sports do not make a profit in the long run.
Author: Money Maverick