author: william   1 August 2019Print page

Long-term bets that finally paid off

In pursuits of landing that one bet and breaking the bank, punters sometimes can go over the limit. What others would not even consider, these guys take a gamble on. As you might have already figured out, we would like to talk about the oddest long-term bets that resulted in some decent payouts.

Long-term bets that finally paid off
An 8-year-old world snooker championCharity inheritanceTriple killA confident dadA 12-year-old betA dream bet
 
An 8-year-old world snooker champion

The first on our list today is an over 20-years-old Judd Trump bet. The punt that took place in 1998 at a high-street bookmaker Coral shop was only £10, but the odds offered for such an event were far from imaginable. Neil Morrice, who spotted, at that time, a youngster beating people at the snooker club not far from Bristol, knew right away what was going to happen.

With only a £10 stake, Coral offered him odds of 1001.00 (1000/1) for a young Judd Trump to become a World Snooker Champion before the age of thirty.

With Trump's recent 18-9 victory over John Higgins, he became a new world champion triggering a £10,000 payout for an ambitious bettor.

Of course, this is not a common practice for this type of bets but, oh well, we can only be happy for Mr. Morrice landing such a wager.
 
Charity inheritance

A bet placed a decade ago on Roger Federer becoming a Wimbledon champion brings £100,000 to Oxfam charity.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, a bettor from Oxfordshire placed a £1,520 wager with the odds of 67.00 (66/1) on Federer winning his seventh Wimbledon title by 2019.

Unfortunately for a gambler, he died in 2009 just three years short from claiming his winnings. Newlife's last will was for the money to go to Oxfam and well, it happened. In 2012 a Swiss tennis star dominated his opponent Andy Murray in the Wimbledon finals, which made a seven-time champion.

As a result, the charity collected a total of £101,840 from William Hill.
 
Triple kill

Lewis Hamilton becoming a Formula One world champion, was more than just a single win.

A punter by the name Richard Hopkins won £165,000 from not just one but three crazy long-term bets. After seeing the young Hamilton crushing the go-kart track, Hopkins knew the kid had some serious talent.

Maybe due to a vision or perhaps just out of a random thought a bettor placed 3 bets on the future Formula One star. With his first bet, Hopkins wagered £200 at the odds of 201.00 (200/1) on Lewis winning his first professional race before the age of 23. In 2007 the 22-year-old, in fact, won his first race bringing the wishful punter £40,000.

Hopkins was so passionate about Lewis that he placed one more £100 bet at the odds of 501.00 (500/1) and followed it with another £50 one at the odds of 1501.00 (1500/1). The bets were on Lewis becoming the Formula One world champion by 25 and the achievement of both titles respectively. The last two wagers got the lucky punter a total of £125,000 (£50k + £75k).
 
A confident dad

There is a common practice to place bets on your kids to become the next sporting legend in the UK. Hardly any come out to be true just unlike in case of Rory McIlroy.

His dad, Gerry McIlroy was so confident that, at that time, a 15-year-old would win the Open Championship in the following 10 years. 

The famous bet was placed in 2004, at the stake of £200 and odds of 501.00 (500/1). Just as expected the happy dad collected £100,000 in winnings after Rory won the tournament. Moreover, the two of the family friends who also placed the same bet won £80,000 each.
 
A 12-year-old bet

Another great example of successful betting on the offsprings. This time the story is about the former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

His dad placed a bet with William Hill that he would win the English Cup before the age of 30.

The £98.10 bet with the odds of 101.00 (100/1) was placed twelve years prior to winning day, bringing dad a cheque of £9,908.10.
 
A dream bet

When you question yourself where do these betting ideas come from, we can easily answer with "from the dreams".

Dreams do come true, and Adrian Hayward is a living proof of it. The Liverpool FC fan had a dream in 2005 that Xabi Alonso would score a goal from his own half.

After having this vision, Adrian decided that it was a sign from above and ran to the local bookie. He placed a £200 wager with the odds of 126.00 (125/1) that Alonso would score a goal from behind the mid-field line that season.

The bookmaker laughed at the punter saying "it was the easiest £200 the company has ever made". Unfortunately for the bookie, Xabi scored the goal during the 5-3 win against the Luton Town cashing the bettor an impressive £25,000.

As the old saying goes "The show's not over till the fat lady sings".
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