Betting on sporting events is a custom that has been around ever since competition and currency have existed in the same society. It is beloved by punters because of its unique blend of luck and strategy; bets are placed based on statistics, player profiles, and a myriad of other important factors all of which contribute to the all-important outcome.
It is no mystery why sports betting attracts some of the biggest names out there – from A-list celebrities, to wealthy executives, to professional athletes themselves. The high stakes and even higher rewards are enough to draw some of the richest and most powerful gambling enthusiasts in the world.
You will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know his name. The undefeated champion boxer has a penchant for betting big and winning bigger, especially in the realm of sports. He is frequently seen on his various social media accounts dropping hints about big bets he intends to make, and his instincts do not steer him wrong very often.
Mayweather dropped a staggering $1.1 million dollars on a match between Oregon and Arizona State in 2012. His substantial wager in favor of Oregon ended up adding a further million dollars to his already sizeable net worth.
Another household name, actor Ashton Kutcher places carefully calculated bets on games with favorable odds. Although his acting career has caused him to become synonymous with dim-witted characters such as Michael Kelso (That 70’s Show), Kutcher himself is far from stupid.
He is well known among his peers for using mathematics and statistics to determine the best betting opportunities, college football being his primary area of interest.
Kutcher’s involvement in sports betting is rumored to have roots in his time working for Billy Walters – one of America’s most successful gamblers.
The legendary Chicago Bulls shooting guard worked his way up to the top of his game while playing in the NBA. His basketball career along with his endorsement deals and other lucrative opportunities over the years has enabled him to amass enough wealth to join the ranks of America’s billionaires.
Jordan is well known throughout the sports betting community for using his vast fortune to make outrageous bets. Unlike Ashton Kutcher, Jordan’s bets are not always meticulously thought out, but that hasn’t stopped the NBA super-star from raking in a tidy profit once in a while.
Hailing from New York City, Price rapidly became a major player in sports betting after he graduated from NYU with a degree in mathematics. He found his feet in the sports betting community while studying, going on to form the sports handicapping company – Sports Information Traders.
Price’s most noteworthy sports betting accomplishment is the $1 million plus wager he placed on the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, earning him a massive payout. He also managed to turn $22 000 into $264 000 by betting on the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series in 2015.