Betting is not a very entertaining activity by itself – and it’s not supposed to be one either. It is a simple act that can add an extra layer of excitement to any sporting event, from football to rugby or motorsports, making the viewer root even harder for his or her favourite athlete or competitor. But betting is not only about sports. Actually, there are many other things bookmakers around the world accept bets on, things meant to make betting a bit more fun – these range from tomorrow’s weather to when alien life will finally be discovered. Yet sometimes, the bets go truly weird. So sit back, redeem the Betway South Africa welcome offer, and enjoy the weirdest bets you can place at bookmakers today.


Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin’s masterpiece has broken into the world of television like a wrecking ball, changing everything you thought you knew about fantasy television for good. It was a massive sensation, a true success, and one that divided people into two groups: those who have read the books and those who haven’t (we’ll just ignore those who haven’t done either). The series has, in turn, advanced beyond the books, with the last season being a complete mystery for both groups. So, nobody – except for HBO’s execs and the great George himself – know who will get to sit on the Iron Throne. But you can bet on it.

Las Vegas-based bookmaker Bovada gives punters the chance to bet on which character of the popular series will rule Westeros at the end of the show’s eighth season. The odds currently favour Bran Stark but Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen are not far behind either. Davos Seaworth, played by Irish actor Liam Cunningham, is currently seen as the least likely to sit on the Iron Throne.

Kim Jong-Un

North Korea’s authoritarian leader is not only the subject of many news stories recently but has also found his way among the odds of bookies, too. And the bets related to him range from wacky to serious. Among others, people can bet on whether North Korea will ever bid on organising an edition of the Olympics, if it will ever organise an NBA match (which may happen, given the unlikely friendship of the leader and the former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman), and whether he will ever bid for his face to be added to the famous American landmark, Mount Rushmore (rather unlikely).


Celebrity deaths

The last few years have seen many great personalities leave the mortal plain: we’ve lost David Bowie, pop legend George Michael, and Marvel’s soul, Stan Lee. But who will be next? This is what you can vote (almost bet) on at Don Stanhope’s “Celebrity Death Pool”.

The vote is currently open for celebrities like members of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python (Terry Gilliam is expected to go next), of the rock sensation The Rolling Stones (Ronnie Wood, followed by Keith Richards), and the last two remaining Beatles (they expect Sir Paul McCartney to leave next), among others.