Beating the Sports Betting Odds

If you're a sports fan, at one time or another, you probably placed a bet on a random sports event based only on a gut feeling. While odds often suggest otherwise, there have been enough randomly huge wins over the years to suggest that sometimes that gut feeling pays off. Sports betting, a cultural constant in both the US and around the world, is an open market and upsets happen. While knowledge and analysis do help, sometimes lady luck can just send you on your winning way.

Back in 2008, Fredd Craggs, from Yorkshire in the UK, randomly tossed $50 on an eight horse parlay. The odds? 2,000,000-1. He chose the horses because he liked the sound of their names - "Racer Forever" and "A Dream Come True" and company - expecting to win nothing and have some harmless entertainment. The horses were racing in far off points like Sandown, Dubai and Wolverhampton. Despite being massive underdogs, all of the horses defied the huge odds and won! Mr. Craggs took home over $1 million. In the 1990's, jockey supreme Frankie Dettori won all seven races at Ascot, defying the 25,000-1 odds against him. Only one man had been brave enough to bet against such overwhelming odds. His $60 play payed off in over $550,000. It doesn’t get much better than that.

And then there are the punters who bet on a dream. In 2006 Mr. Adrian Hayward from Berkshire, UK placed £200 on Liverpool player Xabi Alonso scoring from his own half at some unspecified point in the season. His reason? Because it came to him in a dream. Despite odds of 125-1, sure enough, during a game against Luton, Alonso did just that and Mr. Hayward was richer to the tune of £25,000.

When Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 World Championship in 2008, an unnamed person won a bet they had placed ten years before. The bettor had wagered that Hamilton would win the prize before he hit 25 and was willing to stake $100 on it. This despite only having seen Hamilton karting when he was 13. This gut instinct on the future racing legend turned into over $125,000. 

So maybe next time you have a gut feeling you should go with it and place a wager. If these odds are too much for you though, consider our friends at go compare slots games. You never know where a bit of luck could take you. Stranger things have happened."

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