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Guy bets $1,600 on Rory McIlroy to win Masters after seeing McIlroy’s face in his pastry

rory-mcilroyRory McIlroy is a popular pick to win the 2014 Masters, which is not a surprise considering he is one of the best golfers in the world. But at least one guy didn’t need the World Golf Rankings or past tournament results to tell him to bet on McIlroy. He saw it in his breakfast.

According to the Irish Daily Mirror, a college lecturer and golf fanatic named Rob Price wagered $1,600 (€1,200) on McIlroy to win the Masters after a Danish pastry he ordered looked like the 24-year-old golfer. It sounds insane, but I can actually see what Price is talking about.

Price said he was going to put about $150 on McIlroy to win anyway but he had to bet big when Rory’s face was staring back at him.

“It’s got to be a sign – Rory’s face on a piece of food from his girlfriend’s home country,” Price said. “My mates have had a giggle and think I’m mad, but if I pocket €14,400, I’ll be the one laughing.”

For those of you keeping track in US dollars, €14,400 is roughly $20,000. Don’t forget, McIlroy’s fiancee Caroline Wozniacki is from Denmark (that means she’s Danish). That’s another sign Price took into consideration. While Price’s bet certainly qualifies for our growing list of crazy sports bets, we’re rooting for him.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Bettor won $25K on Super Bowl safety after winning $50K on same play in 2012

Jona-Rechnitz-Super-Bowl-betOn Sunday night, we shared a story with you about a lucky gambler named William Hill who won $1,275 by placing a $25 bet that the first offensive play of the Super Bowl would be a safety. Sorry Mr. Hill, but you have nothing on New York’s own Jona Rechnitz.

According to TMZ, Rechnitz placed a $500 wager at 50:1 odds that the first play of the game would be a safety. He ended up winning $25,ooo that he is planning to donate to two separate charities.

Does Recnhitz’s name and story sound familiar? If so, it’s probably because he made a similar bet in 2012 when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. When Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in his own end zone and the Giants were awarded a safety, Rechnitz turned $1,000 into $50,000. Rechnitz, a Giants fan, also donated that money to charity and said he was going to give $5,000 of it to the charity of Brady’s choice.

TMZ describes Rechnitz as a “successful NYC real estate mogul,” so it’s possible he makes a ton of prop bets and loses a lot of money. Even if that is the case, he deserves credit for donating the cash to a good cause. Keep doing your thing, Jona.

Arsenal fan reportedly lost his house in wager, could have won his friend’s wife

ArsenalIn case you need to be reminded, soccer fans do some pretty insane things. Soccer fans who have gambling problems are even more dangerous. Just ask Arsenal fan Henry Dhabasani, who supposedly made a life-altering bet with a friend before the Arsenal-Manchester United game last weekend.

Dhabasani, who is from Uganda, reportedly has three wives and five children. According to The Mirror, he made a bet with his friend Rashid Yiga that Arsenal would beat Manchester United. Man. U won the game 1-0, which reportedly resulted in Dhabasani having to give Yiga his house. Yes, his house. The wager was said to have been put in writing and witnessed by community leaders in the town where the men live.

The Mirror added, via The Ugandan Observer, that a group of Manchester United fans stormed Dhabasani’s house after the game and forced his wives and children to leave. Had Dhabasani won the bet, he would have been entitled to Yiga’s car — a Toyota — and his wife.

Is this story true? All we can do is pray that it is not. We were under the impression that turning $100 into more than $25,000 with a 23-team parlay was an insane sports bet. This alleged wager puts that to shame.

Harry Wilson’s Wales national team debut won his grandfather $200,000 on bet

Harry-Wilson-WalesHarry Wilson is a 16-year-old soccer star who made his international debut with the Wales national team on Tuesday. As a result, Wilson’s grandfather is $200,000 richer and able to retire a year earlier than expected.

Wilson’s grandfather, 62-year-old Peter Edwards, was so confident that his grandson would one day grow up to be a soccer star that he put his money where his mouth was 15 years ago — when Harry was still an infant. Edwards found a bookmaker in Wrexham to give him 2,500/1 odds that the 18-month-old Wilson would one day play for Wales. He placed a wager of 50 British pounds, or roughly $80.

On Tuesday, Wilson made his Wales debut in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw.

“I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on and I was panicking because they’d already substituted twice, so I thought he wasn’t going to make it,” Edwards told BBC News. “But when he came on I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud granddad first for sure. I told my wife at half-time that my pulse was 106 – I didn’t know whether that was good or bad.”

At 16 years and 207 days old, Wilson is the youngest player to ever take the pitch for Wales. Edwards said Wilson used to chase a soccer ball around the house when he could barely walk. He tried to place a second wager when Harry was 12 and enrolled in the Liverpool FC soccer academy, but the old man was turned away because of the substantial bet he already had pending.

We have told you about plenty of insane sports bets in the past, but this is easily one of the most unique. Plenty of grandparents have blind loyalty toward their grandchildren. Most of them aren’t rewarded for it with $200,000.

H/T Sports Grid via SI Hot Clicks

Bettor wins $54,000 on 18-team parlay

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Anyone who places an 18-team parlay with a sportsbook must really like their sportsbook. You’re going to lose that bet almost every time. You might as well take your money and hand it to your bookie or rip it up and throw it away. Unless, of course, you’re one of the luckiest people alive.

As you can see from the screen shot above that @BenHanten shared with us on Twitter, a gambler capped off a successful 18-team parlay on Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys. He wagered on mostly moneylines starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves and hit every, single, one, of, them.

The only thing we can think of more impressive than this might be that woman who won $100K by risking only $5 on a 15-team parlay last year that included point spreads.

H/T RJ Bell

Woman reportedly turns $5 into $100,000 on 15-team parlay card

A woman who filled out a 15-team parlay card through the Red Rock casino in Las Vegas, Nev., reportedly turned $5 into nearly $100,000 over the past football weekend.

The woman, who according to Dave Tuley wished to be anonymous, bet the parlay card on Friday. Her card included two college football games — Nebraska at Michigan State, and San Diego State +15 — in addition to the entire NFL slate on Sunday and Monday night’s game. She caught a nice break in the Michigan State game, which isn’t surprising; one would need a lot of luck in order to hit a 15-teamer.

This woman wasn’t the only person to cash in big over the weekend.

According to Beyond the Bets, a Bet Online user hit two big parlays to make over $65,000 last weekend.

Here were that person’s bets, per Beyond the Bets:

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Gambler turns $100 into $25,772 with 23-team football parlay

Everyone loves an underdog, but sometimes it pays to play the favorites. A gambler who places wagers through BetOnline.ag was apparently feeling lucky last week, but in a way he could make the argument that he was simply playing the odds. According to Beyond the Bets, this risk-taker decided to place $100 on a 23-team football parlay with a potential payout of $25,772. He won.

Anyone who gambles on sports can tell you how difficult it is to win a parlay. Whether it be two teams or 10 teams, there’s a reason the payouts are so large. However, this gambler apparently decided that there’s also a reason certain teams are favored in Las Vegas. He included 21 college football favorites, one NFL favorite and one college football underdog in his wager.

The lone underdog was Kansas State on the road against West Virginia, where the Wildcats pulled off an upset and destroyed the Mountaineers by a score of 55-14. The only NFL team included was the 49ers, who the mystery bettor apparently felt confident in at home against the Seahawks. The list of the other 21 NCAA favorites can be seen here.

The favorites are favored for a reason, and one person is now more than $25,000 wealthier because of it. That being said, the people who have hit it big with all the crazy sports bets we’ve featured over the years here at LBS are tough to come by. That certainly isn’t a coincidence.

H/T The Big Lead