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    LONGEST ODDS payouts in sports history

    Vegas Golden Knights And the Longest Odds That Have Paid Off

    Should the Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Washington Capitals and capture the Stanley Cup, the team will make history – on the ice and in sportsbooks. The Golden Knights would be the first expansion team across all major U.S. sports to win a league title in its first season.
    As such, some bettors undeterred by those mammoth odds may be looking at a big payout. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook gave the Golden Knights 300-1 odds to win it all before the start of the season, before moving that number to 500-1 to encourage action. The race and sportsbook director says the casino has 13 bets at the 500-1 odds, all for $20 or less.
    Books around town won’t really get buried if the Golden Knights prevail, although the Vegas books continue to see a lot of action on the Cup favorite Knights (-160 to win series). At least, the books won’t get burned as badly as their British counterparts in 2016, when

    oddsmakers had to pay out on the 5,000-1 odds they set on Leicester City winning the Premier League. Those odds stand as the biggest in history to have paid off. And British bookmakers claimed to have said they’d never give those kinds of odds again.


    5,000-1


    When this line was set at the beginning of the 2016 season, it may well have been oddsmakers trying to make a statement or encourage betting. After all, in 110 previous seasons, and only one other in the Premier League, Leicester City never came within a mile of winning the league title.


    999-1





    You didn’t even have to bet before the 2011 Major League Baseball season started to get these odds. Yep, with the St. Louis Cardinals 4 1/2 games back in the wild-card race with 15 games to play, Las Vegas oddsmakers gave the Cardinals 500-1 odds to win the National League and 999-1 odds to win the World Series. That one didn’t work out so well.

    St. Louis mounted a stunning comeback — 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the wild-card race on Aug. 24, and the Cards finished the season 23-9 to clinch a playoff berth on the final day of the season. They went on to beat the Phillies in five games in the NLDS, the Brewers in six in the NLCS and the Rangers in seven games to win their second World Series in five years.



    500-1

    In a Major League Baseball story of worst to first, the 1987 Minnesota Twins beat the odds by winning the World Series. OK, so the Kirby Puckett-era Twins weren’t the worst team in ’87 (or even in the AL West), but after going 71-91 in 1986, were given 500-1 odds to win it all. The Twins did just that, winning the AL West regular season and then going on to beat Detroit in the ALCS and St. Louis in the World Series. It was manager Tom Kelly’s first season, and the first of two World Series rings he would win with the team. The second came in 1991.
    300-1

    300-1


    Very early in his career in 2003, no one gave much thought to golfer Ben Curtis. But looking back, that was a mistake. Bookmakers gave Curtis, ranked No. 396 at that time, 300-1 odds to win The British Open – and those odds only improved to 40-1 entering Sunday.
    Curtis shot a 70 to move into a five-way tie with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods on Saturday. The final day, of course, was one for the history books – Curtis went -1 in his final round as all the other contenders fell short, including Thomas Bjorn, who led by three strokes before finishing bogey-double bogey-bogey-par, to give Curtis a 1-stroke lead. Curtis was the first golfer since Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win his debut major, and it remains his only major victory.

    300-1


    “The Greatest Show on Turf” sure got its fans fired up in the 1999-2000 season. The St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV victory still stands as the longest odds (300-1) that paid off in the NFL. The story is the stuff of fairy tales – the team signed free-agent Trent Green as quarterback, but he promptly suffered a season-ending knee injury. Enter Kurt Warner, he of the oft-told story about bagging groceries before breaking into pro football. Long story short, Warner guided the Rams to a 13-3 regular season, was selected Super Bowl MVP, gave the Rams their only Super Bowl to date, and lined the pockets of fans who were true believers.

    and 100% losers ATS in 6 superbowls 0-5-1

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    You can tell this was copied and pasted as a result of the proper English…..

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    Can't see anyhting touching Leicester City's 5,000/1; I'm surprised those kind of odds were even offered in the first place.

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    Yours truly had LC at 5000-1..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHorseplayer View Post
    Can't see anyhting touching Leicester City's 5,000/1; I'm surprised those kind of odds were even offered in the first place.
    Agree nothing will top that

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    wow...the above posts top mine but I was gonna say the Pats beatin the Rams outright in the superbowl. Don't know what the money line was.

    Remember Buster Douglas was 50-1.

    Also, tough to mention this, but the Pats lost outright to the Jets as a 17 pt fav. Think FitzMagic was at the helm.

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    Stanford was +42 or so when they won outright at USC

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    Howard beat UNLV on the road as a 46 pt dog a few years ago; I think most books didn't even hang a line.

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    I bet Kevin Magnussen to set Fastest Lap at the Singapore F1 grand prix two years in a row at 1500/1 and 250/1 and cashed both.

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    What about Greece winning the euro in 2004? Or the miracle on ice, I'm sure the us was a big dog ore tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GotGreek View Post
    What about Greece winning the euro in 2004? Or the miracle on ice, I'm sure the us was a big dog ore tournament.
    I remember we talked about muricle on ice and someone found the odds

    i can’t remember what but not reall that high

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optional View Post
    I bet Kevin Magnussen to set Fastest Lap at the Singapore F1 grand prix two years in a row at 1500/1 and 250/1 and cashed both.
    Very nice, Opti.

    *I think Leicester 5000/1 to win EPL has to be the longest ever to cash.
    ...There are some reasons this one stands apart. First off, EPL is known to be top-heavy. So much so that the "Big 4" or top 6 are the teams that get most of the coverage. Second, doing it over a full 38 games is tough. They won the 1-0 games when they had to, got lucky that none of the big teams had a great year.

    *1999 Rams were a good one. The Trent Green injury would have one think the season was over, despite Dick Vermeil's press conference. Once the season started, it's amazing how good they were. Warner was so precise. Quick: name the QB that the '99 Browns selected INSTEAD of a draft-exposed Warner.

    Another good one was Greece 150/1 to win Euro 2004. The HC (Rehagel) set up the team perfectly from back-to-front. And, of course, they got a little lucky. But they played well and beat the big teams. Beat host Portugal 2x.

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    Longest odds I ever hit were 100/1. Was a prop bet that I've listed on here b4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHorseplayer View Post
    Can't see anyhting touching Leicester City's 5,000/1; I'm surprised those kind of odds were even offered in the first place.
    I think the 5000/1 ODDS were legit. It's just that any bet was seen as throwaway $$.

    Try to find me someone that had more than 20 British Pounds risked. That would have become 100,000 British Pounds. Maybe a Leicester supporter had a few sheckles on it, but nothing more.

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    I'll list an event that ALMOST could have been the biggest boondoggle. Not saying I did this, but would have produced close to a 30,000/1 return:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_F...ederations_Cup

    USA were beaten badly in first two games. After 1st two games, USA was 700/1 to qualify. They needed exactly the right results to get out of the group.

    That would be a decisive win over Egypt...and Brazil throttling Italy. USA got the correct results by beating Egypt, 3-0, and Brazil beating Italy, 3-0. That flipped the Goal Differential to advance USA.

    Once into the final 4, USA were still outsiders, 40/1 to win vs the giants. They beat Spain, 2-0, and held a 2-0 halfime lead vs Brazil. Brazil rallied in 2h and won, 3-2.

    I know it's just Confederations Cup. But USA almost won it. And $35 parlayed after Gm2 and into the knockout round would have multiplied thru to about $1,000,000.

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