How punter turned $225,235 into $498
IF you are a punter, you maybe get one lifetime chance to turn a few dollars into something really big.
Here’s one gambler who combined punting genius with sheer lunacy in a decision that is bizarre in its consequence.
The said punter placed a $73 multi with the TAB on March 25 for Richmond ($51, now $3.50) to win the flag, Melbourne Storm ($5.50, now $1.70) to take out the NRL title and to land the Brownlow Medal ($7, now $1.10) for a collect of $143,335.
Two weeks later he returned to the Western Suburbs TAB in Melbourne, placing $100 on the same multi for a slightly reduced collect of $81,900 (Richmond had shortened to $26, Storm $4.50, Martin $7).
So for a $173 outlay he had the Tigers, Storm and Dusty running for a total of $225,235.
After Round 14, the Tiges were sixth on the AFL ladder and $21 for the flag, Storm was on top and $3.25, while Dusty was $3.50 for the medal.
And then came a moment of madness that hopefully doesn’t haunt our punter for life. With the Tigers just 15 points down at halftime in their Round 15 clash against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, he cashed out of both bets, the $143,335 potential result for just $317.35 and the $81,900 for $181.35.
To give you an example of what could have been, had he chosen to do the same today the two cash-out figures would be $15,600 and $8900.
Meaning he could have cancelled his bet and still made a profit of $24,327.
Couldn’t he have even just cashed out of one and in the best traditions of actor
let the other one ride?
In fairness, I don’t know his financial state at the time, meaning his payout figure of $498.70 might just have helped keep a contemporary posse at bay. one in Round 2 and one in Round 3 before missing the next five rounds.
After a couple of “sighters”in Rounds 9-10, he then exploded, being awarded best on ground in seven of the last eight games and getting one vote in the other match.
He is one of a very promising group of current young VAFA players who have enjoyed outstanding seasons, including his strong-marking forward teammate and St Kevin’s pair and
Kerrin McEvoy on Egg Tart wins the Queensland Oaks, but the mare may not start in the Caulfield Cup. Picture: AAP Dustin Martin has good support for the Brownlow. Picture: GETTY IMAGES