Travis Pastrana to Take on Legendary Evel Knievel Jumps

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The Caesars Palace fountains that Travis Prastana will attempt to jump this Sunday. Flickr Creative Commons photo.

On December 31st, 1967, Evel Knievel famously cleared the fountains outside of Caesars Palace, but then crashed onto his face, broke a bunch of bones, and was in a coma for over three weeks. It was a cringeworthy moment to say the least.

The jump over Caesars fountain has remained infamous. It’s only been successfully reattempted once by Evel Knievel’s son, Robbie Knievel, in 1989. That might change this Sunday, though, when X-Games legend Travis Pastrana takes us all back to the Vegas Strip for an unprecedented event: in one night, he’s going to re-create three of Evel Knievel’s most famous jumps, and it's all going down on live television.

The first event will be a recreation of Knievel’s Los Angeles Coliseum crushed car jump, except Pastrana is upping the ante; he’ll be jumping 52 cars instead of 50. He will then take on Knievel’s jump of 14 buses, but will once again be trying to up it; Pastrana is planning to jump 16 Greyhounds. And for his grand finale - cue the drumroll please - Pastrana will end the event with an attempt on the classic Caesars Palace fountain jump.

To make it even more interesting, Pastrana is going to do it all on a V-twin motorcycle similar to what Knievel used. But, will he ride the Indian Scout FTR750 to fame and glory?

The oddsmakers at favor Pastrana to successfully jump the 52 cars and 16 buses, but he’s only at a one in two chance of successfully jumping the Caesars fountain. According to Sportsbook Brand Manager Dave Mason, the implied probability of Pastrana successfully landing the Caesars fountain jump is 41.67%, explaining, “A $100 bet on Pastrana to successfully land the Caesars Palace Fountain jump would profit $140.”

Travis Pastrana's odds of success. Table courtesy of

Well, we’re in high hopes that Pastrana is going to be successful and not pull an Evel Knievel – aka land on his face. Plus, if you bet in his favor, you might have a greater pay out.

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