How punter turned $225,235 into $498

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket -

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

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