Luis Suarez of Uruguay reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.
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By Preetisha Sen
July 15, 2014

While biting an Italian opponent in the first round of the 2014 World Cup earned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez international reproach and a four-month ban from soccer, some fans received a sweeter reward. European sports betting site Betsson had offered 175-to-1 odds on the proposition that Suarez, a notorious biter, would chomp someone during the tournament—and paid out a total 33,000 euro (roughly $45,000) to 80 winning bettors.

The World Cup may be over now, but there are still plenty of opportunities to wager on sports—many of which have little to do with the outcome of the game. So-called propositional bets (or prop bets for short), which take odds on specific occurrences during a match—such as a player biting another—rather than the winning side or score, are increasingly popular, according to online bookmakers Betsson and Paddy Power. (Paddy Power, for one, is now offering odds on who Suarez will bite next, all the way up to 1000 to 1 that he will bite pop star Miley Cyrus.

Kevin Bradley, sports book manager at Canada-based betting site Bovada, says the company started doing prop bets about eight years ago. He estimates that 30% of Super Bowl bets this year were propositional, compared to just 15% in 2011. From bets that are still tangentially related to sports, to novelty bets nowhere near the stadium, here are some of the weirdest wagers that gamblers have cashed in on.


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