The days when you could only place a wager on a sporting event or get involved in a traditional gambling game are well and truly over. This is the age of novelty betting. Threatened by online betting sites, bookies across the world have had to come up with new ways of enticing customers to place wagers, and online bookies have followed suit. Everyone is offering odds on the oddest things you can possibly imagine. You may even come up with your own novelty wager, approach your bookies and convince him/her to give you decent odds.
According to news reports, bookies worldwide were badly stung by Donald Trump’s victory. The Trump phenomenon has really captured the imagination of bookmakers. You can now get odds on just about anything relating to his presidency, including odds on:
- Impeachment during his first term
- Cessation date of his presidency
- Possible successor
- Next nation to ban from the US
- First country to visit officially
- Having a Russian airport named after him
- Brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians
- Possible visit to North Korea
- US leaving the UN
- Trump opening Area 51 to the public
The list is indeed endless, I’ve just mentioned the main few. You can get odds on domestic politics in any country, party leaderships, election predictions, and much more. If you want to place a wager, make sure you are well informed on the issues and personnel involved.
Betting on reality TV shows, awards, celebrity couple marriages and baby names has become extremely popular. Some bookies have a whole plethora of odds, just on Beyonce and Jay-Z. You can place a bet on who is gonna be the next James Bond or Dr Who, and you can also place a wager on the next host of the Oscars. Celebrity couple baby names are also popular and again, you can always present your local bookmaker with your own bet and try to get good odds.
The Duke and Duchess of York’s babies have also been presenting bookies with wager opportunities. You can predict the sex and name of baby number three if you wish.
You are also able to place a bet on the date alien activity is detected and confirmed. The nearer the date the higher the odds.
The Next Pope
If you are in the know, what not place a wager on the Pope Francis’ successor?
Betting on TV Show Endings
All the way back in the 1970’s punters placed bets on “Who shot JR?” and these types of bets are still available today.
Sports Bets With a Twist
When Rory McIlroy was just 15 years old, his father placed a bet that Rory would win the British Open before the age of 25. His bookie offered him odds of 500/1. He cashed in £171’000 a short few years later!
In Britain, a football fan put 50 cent on an accumulator bet. He had to predict the winner of 15 football games with odds of 1’666’666/1. Needless to say he did and collected half a million British pounds.
Bookies in the UK were badly hit last year, when Leicester City won the Premier League Title. Betting on your “underdog” team might just make you rich one day!
You Can Create Your Own Bet
Bookies like William Hill and Paddy Power actually encourage the oddest novelty bets. You can even bet on your relationship going the distance, you having a baby by a certain date, or just about anything you can think of.
It’s all a bit of fun and, with a bit of luck, you might just get a little windfall.