Many people like gambling to a healthy degree. They may play slot machines, poker, or blackjack within reason.
But some gamblers go to the extreme and make bets that a sane person wouldn’t. I’m not even talking about compulsive gambling here, but rather wagers that are absolutely nuts.
This being said, I’m going to cover 9 people who placed crazy bets that brought their sanity into question. From $100k breast implants to tasing one’s wife, these wagers should never be repeated!
1 – Ashley Revell Bets His Life on Roulette
Ashley Revell is a British man who became famous for selling all of his worldly possessions and putting the money into a single roulette wager.
Revell’s roulette adventure began when he was drinking with his friends at a pub. They discussed how cool it would be to risk everything they had on one spin of the wheel.
Of course, most of them forgot about it the next day. Revell, on the other hand, still felt like going through with the idea.
He came up with a plan to sell off his possessions and visit Las Vegas to make the bet. The fire sale, which involved selling off a car, home, and Rolex, netted him $135,000.
Revell just needed a taker for his bet. After all, not every casino is willing to handle a wager as large as $135k. Vegas’ Plaza Hotel agreed to take the action.
Television producers caught wind of the story and thought that it would make for excellent entertainment. E! filmed a special on Revell called THS Investigates: Vegas Winners & Losers, while Sky One produced a mini-series called Double or Nothing.
With the cameras trained on him, Revell laid out his $135k in chips on red (red/black bet). The ball nestled into the red 7 pocket and saved Revell from looking like a complete idiot on television.
He got lucky enough to beat the odds and walk away from the bet with a small fortune. However, the result doesn’t take away from the act that this was a terrible idea to begin with.
2 – Poker Player Gets Breast Implants for $100k
Brian Zembic is a magician and high-stakes gambler. Regarding the latter, he plays everything from poker to backgammon.
Zembic is also one of the most-prolific prop bettors of all time. He’s made a lot of different wagers, including living in a bathroom for $7,000 (buyout price) and playing Doyle Brunson in ping pong for $15,000.
Zembic initially tried to put the bet off. He avoided getting the implants for several months in 1996. However, he quickly sought out the surgery after losing big through the stock market.
He managed to find a plastic surgeon who also happened to be an avid backgammon player. Zembic beat the doctor out of $4,500 and got his implants for free.
He only had to keep the boobs for one year to earn the $100,000. However, Zembic loved his implants so much that he kept them for two decades.
In 2017, his teenage daughter asked him to get the implants removed. He obliged and is finally back to a normal chest size.
3 – Bears Fan Tasers Wife After Winning Bet
Many sports fans are passionate about their favorite teams. But married couple John and Nicole Grant took their love of sports to a new level in 2013.
John was a Chicago Bears fan and Nicole was a Green Bay Packers fan. Given the longtime Bears-Packers rivalry, the Grants had a natural disdain for each other’s favorite team.
Both had been drinking heavily and made a bet whereby the winner would taser the other. Nicole’s team lost, meaning she was on the receiving end of the stun-gun.
Apparently, Nicole didn’t think that her husband was actually serious about tasering her. She reportedly called the police from a bowling alley after being shocked three times.
Authorities showed up and questioned the couple. Nicole wasn’t seriously hurt, but John was stilled charged with disorderly conduct and possession of an electronic weapon.
He was facing up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. However, he ended up paying a $250 fine and avoiding jail time.
Despite the incident, the Grants still enjoy watching the Bears-Packers rivalry together. John’s Bears lost the following year. Lucky for him, he only had to wear a Green Bay jersey after losing a bet.
4 – Student Gambles His Student Loan on a “Sure Thing”
During the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola took a 4-0 lead over Mail in the first round. Angola’s victory seemed secure given that they scored their fourth goal at the 78th minute (out of 90).
A gambler by the handle “Big Matt” decided that this was a can’t lose opportunity. He made a live wager that Angola would hold onto their lead.
Regardless, this seems like a safe bet under normal circumstances. The odds of a team roaring back to score four goals in such a short amount of time are small.
But Mali did the unthinkable and netted four straight goals with time running out. Manucho, a former Manchester United striker, got the fourth goal to end the match in a 4-4 tie.
Big Matt later kicked himself for the decision on a forum. He also admitted that he’d have to drop out of college after the blunder.
5 – Jake Cody Gambles His Poker Tournament Win on Roulette
Jake Cody is a successful poker player with over $4.5 million in tournament winnings. He’s made a living by gambling in situations where he has an edge.
However, he decided to buck this trend after winning the 2018 partypoker UK Championships £2,200 High Roller.
Cody received $60,000 for his victory. He should’ve padded his bankroll with this prize. Instead, he chose to wager it all on a single roulette spin at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn.
The idea initially started out as a joke. Somebody told Cody that he should bet the full amount on roulette.
He laughed at the idea and carried on with his celebration. However, random people began coming up to Cody and asking him when the bet would take place.
The poker pro eventually gave in and decided to place his $60k payout on black. Rob Yong, owner of Dusk Till Dawn, decided to play dealer and spin the wheel for this historic occasion.
The room erupted in celebration after the ball landed in a black pocket. Cody doubled his payout to $120,000, while his win went viral.
But even he admitted how silly it was to bet his hard-earned poker prize all at once. The WSOP champ said that he’ll stick to poker rather than relying on insane luck again.
6 – Man Changes His Name to Feature 99 Characters
A New Zealand man made a bet with friends that he’d change his name to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova” if he lost.
The reason for the mouthful of a name is that it barely fits into the country’s legal requirements. The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Births, Deaths and Marriages allows for up to 100 characters in a name.
Friends picked out the crazy title for the man from Normanby, Dunedin. He applied for a name change after losing in 2010.
He paid the fee and waited to hear if it was approved. However, Mr. Frostnova only found out that it had been approved five years later. He learned of the successful name change after his passport expired.
7 – Russian Man Bets and Loses Wife in Poker Game
People make all kinds of crazy bets in poker games. Exhibit A: Zembic and his breast implants.
However, implants even seem like a light wager in comparison to risking your wife in a game. This is exactly what Andrei Karpov did during a home game in Murmansk, Russia.
Karpov was losing badly in poker and eventually bet his wife, Tatiana. He continued losing and agreed to relinquish his better half.
Tatiana had no idea that she had been bet and won at a poker table. She was finally filled in when Sergey Brodov, the winner, showed up to scoop the pot.
Tatiana described the incident as “humiliating” and she was “utterly shamed.” But she quickly grew fond of Brodov and divorced Karpov to marry him.
“But as soon as my ex-husband did that, I knew I had to leave him,” said Tatiana. “Sergey was a very handsome, charming man, and I am very happy with him, even if he did ‘win’ me in a poker game.”
8 – Antonio Esfandiari Agrees to Lunge Everywhere for 24 Hours
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is one of the most-successful poker players of all time. However, he made an all-time blunder at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
If successful, he stood to win $50,000. The money wasn’t a significant amount to either Esfandiari or Perkins.
Nevertheless, The Magician took the wager very seriously. When his legs begin to give out on him during the bet, he resorted to peeing in a water bottle that he held underneath the poker table.
Other players figured out what he was doing and complained to the PCA staff. Esfandiari was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.
He also apologized to the poker community and donated the $50k that he earned from the bet to charity.
9 – FedEx Founder Gambles Company’s Remaining Funds in Blackjack
Today, FedEx is an international shipping giant that’s valued at over $55 billion. But the company was on the verge of bankruptcy in its early days.
Frederick W. Smith founded the company in 1971. He used a $4 million inheritance and $91 million in venture capital.
Despite the large starting amount, FedEx was struggling badly. He had just $5,000 left in operating money at one point.
Feeling hopeless, Smith took the money to Las Vegas and played blackjack. He got lucky and won an extra $27,000.
This might not sound like much to such a large company. However, it was enough to fuel the jets for a week.
In the meantime, Smith was able to raise more capital and keep the company afloat. FedEx turned its first profit in 1976, and the rest is history.
People can get crazy when it comes to gambling. The nine wagers covered above are all evidence of this point.
Revell and Big Matt were wild enough to bet everything they had. Revell’s misguided wager panned out when he won a roulette spin worth $135k.
Big Matt, however, went down in flames when he risked his £4,400 student loan on what seemed like a sure thing.
Brian Zembic and Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova win the award for headline-grabbing bets.
Zembic won $100k after getting and keeping c-cup breast implants. Mr. Frostnova had to change his name to 99 characters after losing a wager.
Sometimes insane bets can end in heartbreak. A Russian man found this out the hard way after losing his wife in a poker game. She later divorced him and married the winner.
Somehow, John Grant stayed married after tasing his wife following a Bears Packers bet. But he did receive a $250 fine for the incident.
The bets covered here are only the headline makers. I’m sure that there are plenty of other crazy wagers being made around the world. That said, you can expect to see other ridiculous bets in the future.