Bettor wins $32,000 on a $70 bet thanks to Ernie Els’ Open Championship win

TAGs: adam scott, Betfair, ernie els, open championship, sports betting

bettor cashes in on ernie els titleCrazy sports wagers are nothing new in this industry, but what makes the headlines is when a bettor incredibly cashes in on a long shot bet that he had no business playing with in the first place.

That’s exactly the case when a Betfair bettor placed odds on Ernie Els to win the 2012 Open Championship after Adam Scott birdied the 14th hole, extending an already insurmountable four-shot lead with four holes remaining. Odds on the Australian even sank to 1/100.

As for Ernie Els? 469/1.


Either this bettor had the gift of foresight or he just had $70 to spare because he decided then and there to drop that amount on Els to win, despite knowing that it would take a catastrophic collapse from Scott for that bet to cash.

Then Scott bogeyed the 15th. Then he bogeyed the 16th. Then he hit ANOTHER bogey on 17th. All of a sudden, that supposedly insurmountable lead had vanished, one incredulous hole at a time. Heading into 18th, Scott needed a par just to force a play-off against Els and from there, the ridiculous turned into downright insanity.

Another bogey on 18th slid Scott into second place, gift-wrapping the Claret Jug to the shocked South African.

With Els winning, the bettor had in his hands a slip that was worth $32,830.

We’ve seen some pretty crazy wagers in our time and while there’s been a few that have cashed at really long odds, we’ve never seen a reversal of fortune happen this quick, this sudden, and this drastic. It only took one hour for Els to be a 469/1 moon shot to winning his first major in God-knows-how-long.

And here’s the craziest part: the man had nothing to do with it.

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.


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