Betting has turned into a kind of alternative sport all its own these days. It started out as the simple who’s-gonna-win betting. Bets would pour in on all kinds of sports and for all kinds of teams, no matter the odds. It seems, though, that people have gotten bored of that. While people are still betting classically on the outcome of games and matches—this will never go out of style—bettors have found new and actually quite strange things to bet on. Proposition bets, or prop bets for short, have become kind of a new genre of betting.
So what can you bet on? Just about anything you can imagine. For example, this past World Cup a European sports betting site named Bettson took bets on a rather memorable event that occurred. The Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez bit the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the collar bone, and people bet on whether it would happen or not, since Suarez has gained a reputation for getting a little “hungry” on the field. But that isn’t the strangest bet that’s been taken. Fortune.com compiled a list of the six most peculiar bets that have been made since prop bets have risen to popularity.
On one occasion, a beach ball a fan threw onto the field during a Liverpool v. Sunderland match caused a goal. Bettson decided to take bets on the same occurrence when another beach ball entered the playing field during the Columbia v. Ivory Coast game during the group round of the World Cup. The bets flew and 82 bettors won more than 13,000 euro, roughly $17,700, in total. People also have bet on what color hat the Queen of England will wear each day of the five-day Royal Ascot.
People even bet on celebrities’ personal lives and decisions. Bets have been taken on where Prince George will go to college as well as what year Prince Harry will get married. Even celebrity baby names have incurred prop bets. Paddy Power, another betting website, though there is no confirmation of a second child between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, is already accepting wagers on the name of the second child.
Finally, people’s wagers on celebrities’ appearances or popularity have also become prevalent. Oscar red carpet outfits have incurred bets, for instance, bets on 2014 Oscar host Ellen Degeneres’ outfit, which resulted to be a black suit. Justin Bieber and Pope Francis have had bets taken on them as well. Bieber bets turned out to be the winning popularity bet.
Basically, the gambling world is changing, and bets are expanding their amplitude and variety. Prop bets are the newest and most entertaining way to spice up your life. If you ever feel like giving something new a shot, maybe a prop bet is the way to go.