Top 5 Craziest Things You Can Bet OnMay 7, 2018 9:00 am
Ask yourself this question – why do you bet?
When I ask myself that question, the first answer that pops into my head is simply the music video of the song Money by The Flying Lizards playing on loop.
No idea what I’m talking about? Go Google it, I’ll wait.
In case you couldn’t be bothered, it’s a relatively famous early 80’s song that parodied the greed culture of the 80’s before city whizz kids with slick back hair, brick sized mobile phones and cocaine lunches were even a thing.
Its famous chorus goes:
The Best Things in Life Are Free; But you can give them to the birds and bees; I want Money!
That’s what I dream of when I bet. At the same time though, betting should be fun, right? Sometimes it’s not all about the bottom line, sometime it’s just nice to have a bit of fun – and if you can turn a nice profit at the same time, even better!
With that in mind then, here are our picks of five of the best, craziest betting markets available today.
#1 – Next Pope
Is it morbid to take on a bet that essentially revolves around the death (and succession) of another human being?
The fact is, betting on the next Pontiff has a long and gloried history, dating all the way back to the 15th century when early punters would take out life insurance policies on the Pope of the day. If he died early, they cashed in. if he lived on to a ripe old age the policies would eventually expire, losing their stake.
The thing is, unless you are a devoted student of Vatican affairs, it’s pretty hard to have much of an idea who the genuine favorites are. So a bit like your Gran during the Grand National, you might as well just print out the list of potentials, close your eyes and stick a pin in it.
Failing that, markets exist to just bet on the name of the next pope. Given the fact that most of them are called either Leo or John, you’ve actually got a pretty good chance in this market. I’ll give you an insider tip for free too – Mary is very unlikely to be a winning name.
|Next Pope||William Hill||Paddy Power|
|Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle||7/1||4/1|
|Archbishop Angelo Scola||8/1||15/2|
|Cardinal Marc Ouellet||8/1||6/1|
|Cardinal Peter Turkson||8/1||6/1|
|Cardinal Christoph Schonborn||8/1||7/1|
It’s pretty clear William Hill have the best odds on the next Pope – go to William Hill and select TV/Specials to see full odds now.
*Odds accurate at time of publication.
#2 – WWE Wrestling
Betting on wrestling, but that’s fake I hear you cry. Or at least I would, if I could hear you over my loud scoffing.
Yes, wrestling is fake, although I’d advise you not to tell that to them – have the seen the size of some of these guys? Even most of the women wrestlers would snap you like a dry chicken bone.
Anyway, no on batted an eyelid when we were betting on who shot Phil back in the day, so why is wrestling betting so taboo?
The fun of betting on wrestling is it’s sheer unpredictability. You can avidly follow the storylines as they unfold, watch the friendships and alliances build, feel sure that you can pick out where the narrative is going and then – WHAM!
The wrestler you were sure was set for superstardom has a steel chair bounced off his head by his former best friend/interracial brother who has just – gasp! – heel turned and ruined everything!
Unless of course, you were smart enough to see it coming…
The best wrestling markets revolve around the big tournaments like King of the Ring or, my personal favorite The Royal Rumble. Pick your fighter, sit back and cheer him on. Honestly, it’s a great laugh!
William Hill have the most markets on WWE wrestling…
#3 – Donald Trump
Oh man, you know what, this is not so much a fun market as it is a coping mechanism.
Taking a punt on what crazy stunt the tangerine one will pull off next is really just about the only way to try to get through his presidency without losing your mind.
Still, at least he’s entertaining. The only market you get in UK Politics is guessing which country Boris will insult next.
Trump has a number of fun little markets running, many of which could be worth a punt. After all, stranger things have happened, right – he is the bloody president after all.
Guessing the year he’ll be impeached seems a popular market, and at least gives the impression of a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ve never seen a market for him ever getting his tiny hands on the Big Red Button – but frankly, is that a bet any of us would like to collect on?
The following markets are all running at Paddy Power along with a whole host of other hilarious Trump bets:
- Will trump be impeached?
- Year that trump is impeached
- Will Trump get a dog called Trump Jnr
- Will Melania Leave Trump or File For Divorce?
- First of Trump family to condem a presidential devision
Go to PaddyPower.com > Politics > Donald Trump to see all odds and markets available.
#4 – Alien Existence
Another classic, the problem is how would they reveal themselves to us? After all, the last time aliens went joy riding in our neck of the woods and ended up crashing in some farmers field in Roswell, everyone on earth was just fobbed off that it was strangely UFO shaped weather balloon.
Not to get all Mulder and Scully on you, but I believe the truth is out there. In the Milky Way alone, astronomers think there are millions of near Earth like planets. It almost seems breathtakingly arrogant to assume that only our planet would be lucky enough (or unlucky, depends on your viewpoint I guess) to have spawned life.
The only thing that you really need to worry about, if this bet ever should come in, is whether they come in peace or not, which leads us neatly onto our last crazy betting market…
When will Alien life be proven?
2020 or Later – 1/9
2018 – 8/1
2019 – 10/1
Paddy Power are the only bookmaker I can find with this market. Odds accurate at time of publication.
#5 – End of the World
Finally, perhaps the one bet that no punter would truly want to ever come in?
Sadly though, and I think this says a lot about humanity as a whole, end of the world markets not only exist, there are a diverse range of them to chose from.
You can often find takers if you are looking to bet on the year that the world will end. But more fun can be had (allegedly) in selecting the method by which we humans will go the way of the dinosaur.
Nuclear holocaust, alien invasion, giant marshmallow man it really doesn’t matter. If you truly think you are the Nostradamus of the 21st century then feel free to put your money were your mouth is.
Answer me one question though, smart guy – how are you going to spend all your winnings when your local Wetherspoons has been reduced to a pile of flaming, radioactive ruins?
Paddy Power are currently offering 500/1 on the world end this year! Odds accurate at time of publication.