In most cases, bets can either go well and deliver fantastic results, or they can go wrong, and sometimes spectacularly so. In the end, whether bets are won or lost, they can make headlines.
It does not matter if you make a friendly bet with a friend, spin bets on the reels of the most popular slots on the Vegas Strip, or bet on mobile Blackjack or Roulette at online casinos such as Lucky Nugget – the outcomes are ultimately decided by Lady Luck herself. Before we look at a few bets that have gone wrong badly, let’s look at a few players whose bets really paid off.
Bets Behaving Beautifully
Way back in the 1970s, a steep increase in the price of fuel almost drove international logistics and courier company FedEx into bankruptcy. A gambling man, company founder Fred Smith decided to try his luck in Vegas.
He took $5000 to Sin City where, over the course of a few days’ Blackjack gaming, it turned into the more than $30000 needed to salvage the company’s finances.
In 2009, new Craps player Patricia Demauro visited the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, USA. She bet $10 at the table, rolled the bones, and won. Demauro placed another bet, shot the dice, and won again. Obviously sensing Lady Luck generosity, she continued playing, and her winning streak lasted an unbelievable 154 throws.
In 2004, Briton Ashley Revell sold his clothes, sold his car, and withdrew all his savings. He used the money to visit the Plaza Hotel and Casino, where he bet $135 300 on red at a Roulette table, and won a whopping $270 600.
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Bets Gone Wrong
A few years ago, the European owner of a Mercedes Benz G230 bet €10 000 that he could park the vehicle on top of a building, using the vehicle’s winch. The fact that the vehicle reached the edge of the roof is a testament to the quality of the manufacturer’s work. What followed was a testament to folly.
When the driver tried to get the vehicle onto the roof, the frame to which the winch was attached buckled, the cable broke, and the vehicle slammed nose-first into the sidewalk.
In October 2016, a New Zealand bookie saw a punter bet $94 000 on Wellington Lions during the rugby team’s Mitre 10 Cup championship semi-finals against North Harbour. At the time of the bet, the Lions were in the lead 18-13.
However, the Lions’ already-shaky performance that season continued into that game, and it was not long before Harbour was ahead by 12 points. The Lions rallied and drew level, but ultimately lost 40-37, while the unlucky punter lost his bet.
Drunk 27-year-old US citizen Timothy Silyers lost a bet to his spouse when American football team the Packers beat the Cowboys 35-31. The loser of the bet had to burn their football jersey. Unfortunately for Silyers, he set fire to his Cowboys jersey while still wearing it. He was rushed to hospital and treated for second- and third-degree burns.
Another story of a bet gone wrong that comes out of New Zealand is of a young man who had to change his name at the cost of a lost bet. We’re not sure what is more impressive – the new name of Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova, or the fact that the Kiwi government approved it.
With stories of horror bets like these, playing online casino games really is the more sensible option!