50 Cent and the five most outrageous gambles in history

Floyd Mayweather Jr: No stranger to a big bet
Floyd Mayweather Jr: No stranger to a big bet

As news emerges that rapper and businessman 50 Cent has staked a cool £1 million on Floyd 'Money' Mayweather doing the business against Manny Pacquiao in May, we look at five more of the most outrageous bets in history...

"16 games, ranging from the heady heights of Barcelona to beat Manchester City in the Champions League all the way down to Gateshead's home win against Kidderminster in the Vanarama Conference Premier meant that, from a stake of just 94p, he was able to trouser a cool five-figure win."

Floyd Mayweather pockets $1.56m on the Arizona Cardinals

Although he's the subject of 50 Cent's bet for the Pacquiao fight, they don't call Floyd Mayweather 'Money' for nothing. The brash welterweight likes a punt himself, and there was no better example of this than when he threw down $800,000 on the Arizona Cardinals to win and cover the 3.5pt spread against Oakland Raiders back in October. They duly did the business for him, and Money pocketed the, well, money.

Here's his typically understated Instagram post to prove it. Sheesh.

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Man bets $3.5m on the underdog at Super Bowl XLIV and wins

Going into Super Bowl XLIV, everyone had the Indianapolis Colts down as favourites to lift the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Everyone, that is, except one man - Billy Walters. Walters is a sports betting legend, a man who is known in high-stakes sports betting circles the world over, and also a man who has his own elaborate set of stats that he works with.

On Super Bowl Sunday that year, his info was telling him the New Orleans Saints were the pick.

Not being a man to go half-hearted on these things, he trusted his stats and backed the Saints. To the tune of $3.5m. And despite being 0-10 behind at the end of the first quarter, the Saints of course went on to win 31-17 and Mr Walters ended the day a very happy chap. The amount he actually won is unconfirmed, but I think we can assume it was a pretty penny.


Spurs fan shows off, things end badly

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On 29th September 2001, Manchester United visited White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, and to just about everyone's surprise Spurs found themselves 3-0 up at halftime thanks to goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege. It was at this point that a young man, who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, decided to wager what's been described in various reports as 'his entire mortgage' on a Spurs win to impress the girl who had accompanied him to the game.

Enter Andy Cole. And Laurent Blanc. And Ruud van Nistelrooy. And Juan Sebastian Veron. And, finally, David Beckham. Five men who care not for the amounts wagered on football games and care even less for amateurish, brash attempts to impress the opposite sex (ahem).

The game finished 3-5, Spurs fans everywhere went home crestfallen and one man went home crying. Presumably alone.


Magician turns 94p into £12,000

'And for my next trick, I shall turn less than a quid into £12,171.13 by merely betting on the correct outcome of 16 football matches in one night!' is probably not what Charles Lumsdon said when placing his 16-fold accumulator last Tuesday, but nonetheless that's what he did.

16 games, ranging from the heady heights of Barcelona to beat Manchester City in the Champions League all the way down to Gateshead's home win against Kidderminster in the Vanarama Conference Premier meant that, from a stake of just 94p, he was able to trouser a cool five-figure win. Don't believe us? Check it out below, and next time you see Charles out and about, get him to buy you a pint.

Come on, it's the least he can do.

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Fearless Fred has the day from hell

Freddie Williams, the bookmaker known as 'Fearless Fred' due to his readiness to accept huge, sometimes six-figure, wagers had what could only be described as a particularly difficult year at Cheltenham back in 2006 when he paid out over £925,000 to legendary racehorse owner, currency trader and gambler JP McManus. On day one, McManus took £600,000 from Fred by backing his own horse Reveillez at 6/1, then on day two backed another of his own charges, Kadoun, in the last at a princely price of 50-1. £325,000 was the return on that, leaving Fearless Fred (now presumably known as 'Flabbergasted Fred' or perhaps even 'Faced with Bankruptcy Fred').

To cap it all off, poor old Fred was robbed on the way back to his hotel when violent thieves broke into his car and made off with another £70,000. Now that's what you call a heavy Cheltenham.


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