2016 Biggest Betting Shocks of the Year

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2016 betting year of the outsider

2016 was the year of the underdog with some unlikely events coming to fruition.


2016 has been dubbed one of the worst years in history, with the number of unfortunate or unusual events seemingly higher than in previous years. We lost influential individuals (Muhammad Ali and David Bowie to name a few), there was the Brexit debacle, England crashed out of the Euros to Iceland, there has been an ongoing humanitarian crisis, and last but not least there was a massive political shake up in the US with Donald Trump becoming the President-elect. Whether or not it was such a bad year is up for debate. However, one thing is for sure, there were some big shocks in the sporting and political stratosphere.

Biggest Shocks of 2016

If you were a betting man in 2016 then you certainly had some potential to win big odds. From Wales making the semi-final in the Euros, to Jamie Vardy being named as one of the 10 best players in the world. These are all events that would have been deemed highly unlikely at the start of 2016, and ones which the bookies were offering substantial odds for.

Three of the biggest shocks of 2016 were undoubtedly Trump becoming President-elect, Leicester winning their first league title, and Britain voting to leave the EU. At the longest odds, bookies were offering:

  • Trump Win – 150/1
  • Leicester League Win – 5000/1
  • Brexit Yes Vote – 12/1

biggest betting shocks of the year

Betting £1 on Brexit, Leicester, and Trump could have netted you over £4 million in winnings.


Amazingly, if you had bet £1 on all three events happening you could have won a whopping £4,530,906. As of yet, no punters are known to have made that bet but there were no doubt many that were wishing they had!

What next in 2017

So what next in 2017. Will Trump quit as president, can Leicester win the Champions League, or will Britain reverse there decision on Brexit. That all seems unlikely, but with the lessons from 2016 learned we know that anything is possible!


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