Regardless of how glitzy the movie made it look, counting cards to make a living is not as easy as it seems.
Sometimes, gamblers need to have fun too – which is where proposition bets come into play. What’s a proposition bet? It’s a side bet of any type, usually of an uncommon event.
For example, people bet on the Super Bowl all the time – whether it be a Super Bowl grid or betting the line in Vegas based on who they think will win, or whether the point spread will be met. A Super Bowl proposition bet are the more obscure items:
- The coin toss
- Whether there will be a kickoff return for a touchdown
- Whether anyone will be heard swearing on the television broadcast
These aren’t necessarily tied to whether a team will win or lose the game, but rather what happens in the events surrounding the Super Bowl. But a proposition bet doesn’t have to revolve around the Super Bowl or sports at all. Sometimes, these bets are a bit more obscure and interesting.
Chicago Now has compiled what they feel are the TOP 12 MOST RIDICULOUS PROPOSITION BETS OF ALL TIME. Some of these include:
- Poker pro Howard Lederer, a vegetarian, earned $10,000 by eating a hamburger
- Amarillo Slim made $40,000 by driving a golf ball over 1.5 miles.
- Online poker player Jay Kwik was paid $40,000 after living in a Bellagio bathroom for just a few days
- Brian Zembic, a professional backgammon player, was bet $100,000 that he wouldn’t be willing to get breast implants and keep them for a year. Not only did Brian win the bet, he kept the implants for longer than the bet required. (Brian is the subject of the book THE MAN WITH THE $100,000 BREASTS, a fine read that covers the background of this story as well as a few other gambling stories
If you are interested in placing your own proposition bet, you may want to consider visiting LONGBETS.ORG, a site where you can post and bid on bets of all types.