author: william   9 August 2019Print page

William Hill’s weirdest and funniest novelty bets

william hill bookmakerWilliam Hill is undoubtedly one of the top online bookmakers nowadays. It is also the first bookmaker to offer online betting back in 1998. It has gained a reputation for providing the odds for practically anything.

William Hill is famous for accepting almost any type of bet. The bookmaker has seen no limits of punters’ imagination with some of them expectedly materializing into huge payouts.

Today, we would like to share a list of the weirdest and funniest novelty bets conducted by one of the top online bookmakers William Hill. 

  • First-ever “space” bet 

In April 1964, a bettor named David Threlfall placed a £10 bet at odds of 1001.00 (1000/1) that a human would step onto the surface of any heavenly body distant from Earth before the January of 1970. 

It became the first-ever “space” bet, which started the wave of betting on the same event. Unfortunately for the Hill, Neil Amstrong stepped on the Moon’s surface on 21st July 1969 around a half a year before the bet would have expired. Threlfall received his £10,000 leading the William Hill’s total payouts of £50,000 for the event (around £860,000 today).

  • The longest odds ever offered

Elvis Presley is responsible for the biggest odds ever offered by William Hill. This incredible bet, proposed by the Glaswegian postman, featured Elvis himself crashing the UFO into the Loch Ness, striking the infamous monster. As absurd as it sounds, the bet received 20000001.00 (20,000,000/1) odds.

  • Yeti bet

Chris Bonnington, the famous mountainer, offered William Hill a bet that he would return from his Himalayan expedition with the proof of the “Yeti” existence. 

After claiming that he’s acquired the proofs, the Department of Agriculture confiscated and burned them.

  • Father a child at 100?!

Another knuckle-head type of bet. In 1995, a 55-year-old John Richardson bet with William Hill to father a child in 2040.

  • Birthday gift

This one became the biggest horse racing payout in bookmaker’s history. In 2008, Fred Craggs was able to land an 8-fold accumulator not even knowing about it. Imagine his surprise when he visited the bookie next time and was told about his £1,000,000 win.

Quite impressive for a 50p stake and combined odds of 2000001.00 (2,000,000/1), especially during the 60th birthday week.
Whatever is it that you would like to bet on, bookmaker William Hill will be more than happy to assist you with.

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