A look at the biggest sports upsets

Sports betting is a popular type of gambling not only because people like sports, but because it’s welcoming to those who want to place simple bets on the outcome of a game or try more intricate wagers (such as betting on the over-under of a given game). As an example, sports betting on the outcome of a race can be as simple as picking the winner. The bookkeeper will give odds against the result of the race, with competitors who are less likely to win offering a greater potential payout.

Placing money on an athlete who is likely to lose is known as betting on long odds. Though risky, wagering some money on an underdog will pay out far more compared to a safe bet should that underdog win. And though the odds are slim, people have scored big playing the long odds. For example, in 2015, the Kansas City Royals started the baseball season with 30:1 odds that they would win the World Series. Few people bet on them, but the team did win the championship that year. A small handful of savvy risk-taking gamblers certainly scored big on that outcome.

Sports betting is gaining tons of popularity thanks to online casinos. Are you ready to join the ranks of people who have scored huge by betting on the outcome of games, races, fights and other events? Learn more about sports betting, and read through this infographic to discover some incredible upsets that have taken place over the years.

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Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

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