To most people, Great Britain is a land filled with tea, biscuits, royals and soccer! But, I might come as a surprise that the land of propriety is also the land of passionate gambling. The Brits are crazy about gambling, which constitutes an industry of over 7 billion pounds a year. In 2007, it was reported that at least 68% of the population was involved in some sort of gambling and the numbers increase day by day. For Britons, gambling is almost a cultural thing. Before this modern age of races, casinos and sports bets, British lords would even make the most of a rainy day by betting on which drop would drop down the window first.
Nowadays, British people will bet on practically anything: from awards, soccer games or fantasy props. When Kate Winslet was nominated to the Academy Awards, there was actually a prop bet that you could take on whether she would shed tears while receiving the award. And this is only a little sample of the crazy things people in the UK bet about. That’s why we have done a little list of some of the most preposterous bets that have come from England so you can get a better picture:
- Moon Crash: In 1964, a British man called David Threlfall walked into the famous betting company William Hill and made a strange clairvoyant wager, one that was never head of before and seemed to be an obvious win for the establishment. He bet £10 and took 1000 to 1 odds on the premise that a man would walk on the surface of the moon before January 1, 1970.
When Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the moon in July 21, 1969, Threfall must have jumped for joy and relief after 5 years waiting. Immediately, he spent his money on a brand new sports car but, shortly after, he crashed it and died. Such a tragic outcome to such an amazing story!
- Ferret Bingo: Yeah, I said it. And it is just every bit as weird and hilarious as you imagine. This furrier kind of bingo is usually a hit on charity functions and school social activities.
The rules are quite simple, please let us explain, it will only take a minute: A ferret is placed in a box that features seven numbered tubes. The only thing players have to do is bet from which tube the little ferret is going to exit from. Cute and simple.
I hope that they give the little guy some well-earned treats and lots of petting for being the bringer of money and joy to the function!
- Red-iculously Lucky Gamblers: In 2004, Ashley Revel, a 32 year old professional gambler from Kent decided to embark on the craziest adventure of his life.
He sold everything he owned and managed to gather $135,000 to go to last Vegas and place it on a double of nothing shot at the Roulette wheel. He walked into the casino, went straight to the Roulette table and put all his money on red. He won!
When interviewed said that he had done it because betting on black or red was “purest bet you can do,” and justified his daring escapade with a quite straightforward reasoning: “I’m not married and I haven’t got kids. It’s almost like my last chance to go mad”. Nonetheless, this was not the first time a British citizen has done this. In 1994, an unidentified punter (which is what they call the betting clerks in the UK) secretly sold his house for £147,000, took a plane to Vegas and put it all on red. He also won! Red is truly the color of love and luck for these fortunate lads!
With the internet and mobile wagering revolution, gambling in England has even become more massive and it is sadly starting to be considered not as a cool fun tradition but as an epidemic. Let’s just hope that the English can keep it under control so they can continue to enjoy it in a healthy fashion! Because there is nothing more fun than gambling, winning money and having a good time, especially in Cool Cat Casino! It seems to me that these avid British gamblers would really enjoy some of our games like the Sherlock Holmes-inspired London Inspector or the action adventure prince of Sherwood!