Man Wins $36k Thanks to Rory's U.S. Open Win
By mustang6560 on 6/22/11
A decade ago, a man from Belfast, Northern Ireland made a £50 bet (~$72) at 500 to 1 odds that Rory McIlroy would win a major tournament before the age of 25.
The man made the bet after playing a round with a young Rory. Fast forward 10 years and the man is laughing all the way to the bank! He cashed in his $72 ticket for a cool $36,000!
And the man from Belfast isn't the only one who stands to gain from Rory's success. A few year's later, Rory's dad Gerry and a few of his buddies each placed a £100 bet at 500 to 1 odds that Rory would win the British Open by the age of 25.
"That was all the bookies would let us put on, £100 apiece," said Gerry. "But that bet is looking better and better."The U.S. Open champ has three chances left - Royal St. George's next month, Royal Lytham in 2012 or Muirfield in 2013. If Rory wins, Gerry and his three buddies will win £50,000 each.
I'm amazed that the bookie who took the man's money from Belfast is still around today. It seems like a pretty big risk to place a bet that you won't be able to cash in on for up to 15 years. Either way, it worked out for the guy and I'm sure $36,000 goes a long way in Belfast.
Gambler wins £25,000 with ancient McIlroy bet
photo by thatautguy
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"I'm amazed that the bookie who took the man's money from Belfast is still around today. It seems like a pretty big risk to place a bet that you won't be able to cash in on for up to 15 years."
The bookie may very well have been part of one of the large gambling operations (e.g. Ladbrokes) typically found in Great Britain and Ireland. Betting is big business in that part of the world. When I was fortunate to visit Ireland, it was interesting to walk down the little village streets and note the businesses: pub, bookie, chemist, bookie, gifts, pub, pub, newstand, bookie, pub, bookie, etc...
I still think this is a good bet to take. Sure- this one backfired- but I don't care how talented a kid seems- betting on him to do something that hasn't been done but by 3 or 4 people in history is a sure way to run into debt.
I bet my week-old daughter wins the 2036 U.S. Open.
@homer- Girls playing in the U.S. Open in 2036? I'll take that bet...
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