World of Sport

Naked runs, lost homes and big wins – best and worst sports bets

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The sports betting industry is massive with almost every conceivable aspect of competition ripe for taking a punt on.

But it's the more obscure, random and bizarre bets that most interest the wider public.

When Gerry McIlroy bet on his son to win the Open Championship before he turned 26 his request was most probably laughed away until he put his money on the table.

Now Gerry is the one laughing, along with many of his friends, after McIlroy won at Hoylake.

We take a look at some of the best and worst sporting bets, including McIlroy Sr's inspired decision...

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SOME OF THE WORST

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French weather presenter strips naked to fulfil World Cup wager

French TV star Doria Tillier said she would present the weather in the nude if her country qualified for the World Cup – and she is a woman of her word (sort of). Tillier, a weather girl for the Canal+ TV network in France, had made the promise to call the weather 'à poil' (in the buff) after Les Blues lost the first leg of their World Cup play-off 2-0 in Ukraine. Taking her defeat with Gallic humour, Doria elected to perform the stunt in the village of Poil, hence doubly fulfilling her obligation to go 'à poil'. Phnaar phnaar.

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Weather presenter fulfils World Cup wager by stripping naked

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David Haye bets on himself, boasts about it, gets roundly criticised

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Okay, so he did win, but still. Haye admitted he had bet on himself after winning his WBA heavyweight showdown with Audley Harrison in 2010. Haye's claim on TV after the fight that he had backed himself to win in the third which has angered fans and boxing personalities alike. He won in the third and boasted about it, prompting scorn from all and sundry.

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Gary Neville loses TWO bets... to Piers Morgan

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Two charities benefited to the tune of £5k each after a bet between Gary Neville and Piers Morgan on Twitter. Piers, famous for riling his followers on the social networking site, took a bet from the Sky Sports presenter and ex-United star that United wouldn't make it into the Champions League this year and finish above Arsenal. Neville paid out to Help For Heroes and Cancer Research UK.

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Arsenal fan bets his house, loses badly

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An Arsenal supporter lost his house after betting it on the result of his team's match against Manchester United last November. Henry Dhabasani bet his family home that Arsenal would beat United; Rashid Yiga, a United supporter, wagered his car and wife in return. The pair, in the Iganga district of Eastern Uganda, took the wager so seriously that local elders and supporters witnessed the signing of the bet.

Dhabasani reportedly fainted at full-time, with Arsenal’s 1-0 loss condemning him to homelessness. The following Monday, his house was seized by United fans, leaving him, his three wives and five children without a roof over their heads.

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American star loses bet, has to sport Canada gear amid abuse

Never, ever, ever bet with your heart. That is what many are told from a young age before embarking on random and rash sports bets. USA soccer star Michael Bradley should have taken heed of such advice.

The midfielder had a lot of faith in Team USA to beat Canada in the ice hockey at the Sochi Olympics, but it was misplaced as his country let him down to such an extent that he had to sport their rivals' attire.

Bradley had to own up to a bet he made with Toronto FC assistant coach Jim Brennan and sport a Team Canada hockey jersey. Not only that, but he got roundly derided and abused on social media with photos of him going viral that he will never be allowed to forget.

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SOME OF THE BEST

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McIlroy’s Open win rewards father’s faith

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Gerry and three friends placed a bet of 400 pounds at odds of 500-1 that his son, Rory McIlroy, would win golf's oldest Major, the Open, before the age of 26. When he duly did that on Sunday evening, his father is said to have received a £50,000 pay-out.

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Frank Dettori clean sweep

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Frank Dettori became a household name and a bona fide legend when he rode seven winners at Ascot in 1996. However, for one punter, his seven wins earned said gambler £500,000 as part of an accumulator. In fact, Dettori’s achievement is said to have cost bookies in the UK £30 million.

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Ryan Tunnicliffe’s sweet debut

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Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut for Manchester United in September 2012, which, it is fair to say, must have been a proud moment for his family. However, the occasion was that little bit sweeter for Tunnicliffe’s father, Mick. Mick is said to have laid £100 at 100-1 that his son would play for United when his boy was only nine.

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Xabi Alonso strike from halfway earns punter £25k

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Xabi Alonso is a masterful footballer. One capable of scoring from his own half. Liverpool fan Adrian Hayward was so confident of that fact that he bet £200 at 125/1 that the Spaniard would do just that during the 2005/06 season. Alonso duly obliged against Luton Town in the FA Cup third round and Hayward was rewarded with a £25,000 windfall.

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Suarez bite costs bookmaker Betsafe dear

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Online bookmaker Betsafe offered odds of 175/1 that the Luis Suarez, twice banned for biting, would sink his teeth into an opponent during the World Cup in Brazil. Sure enough, over 100 gamblers decided that it was worth a punt. When Suarez duly bit Chiellini on the shoulder at the end of their Group D clash in Natal, it was time to celebrate for said fans but not the bookies.

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