Gearing Up for the 2018 World Cup - Big Bets from Past Tournaments

The 2018 World Cup is one of the largest sporting events on the planet. Not only does it offer spectacular football entertainment, it also provides the ideal opportunity for punters to put money down on every game.

The majority of the online sport bets are placed on individual matches or outright tournament bets. However, there have been a few brave souls that have chosen the most extreme odds, and come out a winner. For a little bit of wagering inspiration we’ve taken a look at the biggest ever wins from previous World Cups.

The 2018 Qualifiers

Our first record bet actually took place on the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and involved one of the smallest wagers ever placed, at just 25p. Clearly the man was not confident in his prediction abilities, but decided to take a punt nevertheless.

The bet featured 11 selections across 2 days of play and had outrageous odds of 820,728/1. It got off to a good start, with Denmark winning their match, then Northern Ireland, and the Czech Republic. Eventually, there was only one game left and it meant that Armenia had to beat Montenegro. Coming from 2 goals down, the Armenians clocked up 3 goals and the lucky punter walked away with £205,000.

The 2014 Semi-Finals

Many people will remember the 2014 semi-final when Brazil fell at the hands of the Germans in what was the biggest upset of the year. No one could believe the carnage that would ensure, as the host looked to topple the mighty German team. One punter had the foresight to predict the seemingly impossibly 7-1 scoreline at odds of 500/1. When the final whistle blew and the stadium was shocked into a silent awe somewhere the UK, one man was dancing around his living room after turning £5 into £2,505.

The WC Multi

One of the largest football wins ever recorded involved the 2014 final, where Germany defeated Argentina in extra time. Placing a £100 wager, the punter set out to predict the outcome of 5 separate football competitions.

Firstly, he predicted that the Manchester City would win the Premier League, that Queens Park Rangers would be promoted, Wolverhampton would top the League One log, and the Real Madrid would win the Champions League. The bet was complete when Germany won the World Cup. For his efforts, he picked up a cool £83,000, and you can be sure he’ll be putting money down on the 2018 World Cup too!

The 2010 Final

The 2010 WC in South Africa was one of the most significant in the tournament’s history and will be remembered for years to come. If nothing else, it will be remembered for the noisy vuvuzela.

For one punter though, it is a painful reminder of how a large wager can go wrong. Placing a wager on Germany to win in the final, the man put down £417,000, which never came off. To this day, it remains one of the largest wagers ever placed and one biggest losses in WC betting history.

The Luis Suarez Biting Incident

Luis Suarez may be one of the best players in the 2018 World Cup, but he is also known for his fiery antics on field. In 2014, a bookmaker decided to offer punters 175/1 odds that the crazy striker would actually bite a player on field.

A total of 167 punters in Norway thought he might just be crazy enough to do it, and took the chance. So, while the rest of the world watched in utter disbelief, 167 Norwegians were jumping for joy. One even took to social media displaying his betting slip that turned $5 into $916! Proof that in the beautiful game, anything can happen!