Sports betting is a hobby for many, while some make it a profession similar to investing in stocks. Today online sports betting sites are offering sports bets even in the countries where the government has regulations against gambling and betting, like Japan. In this list, we have mentioned the biggest wins in sports betting history that shocked the gambling industry.
Billy Walters – $3.5 million
Billy Walters won a bet of massive $3.5 million in 2010 when he put his wagers on the New Orleans Saints against Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Billy Walters started his gambling career as a poker player first and only moved to sports betting after gaining experience and knowledge about football.
Vegas Dave – $2.5 million
Dave Oancea or Vegas Dave places a bet of $140,000 in 2015 MLC season in Kansas City Royals to win 30/1 odds. He took home $2.5 million. He had to split his bets into 15 different casinos since no casino wanted to risk such a high liability.
Steve Whiteley – $1.7 million
A 61-year-old heating engineer came out of nowhere in 2011 and used his free ticket to enjoy the horse race and placed a bet of two euros. He correctly chose six horses that day, and one of those horses was the one that had lost 28 races straight in the past. He won 1.5 million euros that day, that amounts for $1.7 million.
Fred Craggs – Euro 1 million
Fred Craggs was a 60-year-old fertilizer salesman who one day placed a bet of 0.50 euros on an eight-fold accumulator. That day he made all the right choices on the horse races around the world and made history by winning 1 million euros. If he has chosen a no limit bet, he would have won 1.4 million, but people say he was not even aware that he won.
James Adducci – $1.2 million
James Adducci made history in sports betting on the day he bet on Tiger Woods. It was a bold move in 2019 Masters. It was Tiger Wood’s first victory after 11 years, and somehow James Adducci predicted it right. He was paid off with $1.2 million for a bet of $85,000.
Charles Barkley – $800,000
NBA champion Charles Barkley is known in the betting industry as a regular gambler. He has a record of big wins, but the biggest win came in 2002 when he bet on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl. It was an unlikely move as they were 14-point behind against St. Louis Rams in 2002. That was the day when he showed the world what he is capable of.
Mike Futter – Euro 800,000
Mike Futter was not a known name in the betting community until his faith in his horse proved him to be one of the greatest punters. It was 2003 when Mike Futter bet on his own horse, Monty’s Pass. No one could beat his confidence that day. He bet twice on his horse for 40/1 and 16/1 odds.