Snooker Loopy – 15-fold win!

Snooker Loopy - 15-fold win!  Snooker is a popular sport for accumulator betting, not least because, unlike in some other sports, no draw, tie or dead-heat is possible. Furthermore, on the World Snooker Tour there are more tournaments than ever before and most of them start with all 128 players in a ‘flat’ draw structure, so there are plenty of matches to choose from. Of course, even the leading players can face tough assignments from the first round onwards, but there are invariably some value bets to be found.

One notable example of a successful snooker accumulator was a 15-fold roll-up on first-round matches in the Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open, in China, in August, 2018. An anonymous Somerset punter staked £100 with Ladbrokes, via a BetStation, or self-service betting terminal, and won £100,124.82 after all of his selections prevailed.

Twelve of them, including the likes of Ali Carter, Marco Fu, Barry Hawkins and Stephen Maguire were odds-on, in some cases long odds-on, but the punter did manage to ‘dodge a bullet’ by leaving out home favourite Liang Wenbo, who crashed to a 5-1 defeat by 22-year-old James Cahill. At slightly more generous odds, the Welsh pair of Jamie Jones and Jak Jones was victorious at even money and 8/5, respectively, while Irishman Fergal O’Brien also won his first-round match at 11/8. Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica Bridge acknowledged the bet as ‘the biggest snooker accumulator win we’ve ever seen placed on a BetStation’.

Each Way Bet

Each Way Bet  An each way bet has two components to it, firstly a win aspect where you, for instance, back the horse you hope will win a race. The other half of the stake however, goes on the horse being placed (typically the first three places, but its dependent on the size of the field). This type of bet ensures that if the horse doesn’t win, you still have the opportunity to win the place part of your bet. Depending on the odds of your initial selection this could result in you making a profit even if your horse doesn’t win the race.

Tricast Bet

Tricast Bet  Along the same lines of a forecast, a tricast involves picking three selections in a race in the correct order. This type of bet is only available in handicaps of eight runners or more due to the increased likelihood of the event occuring the less horses features in the race.  Aside from a straight tricast, a combination tricast consists of 6 bets, with the three selections needing to finish in any order, 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

12-fold Cricket Acca

12-fold Cricket Acca  ‘Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it’, or so wrote nineteenth-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. However, there was nothing hasty about the punter who placed a year-long 12-fold accumulator on various major sporting events in 2018/19, although his bet did eventually boil down to a rather breathless Sunday afternoon and evening in southwest and northwest London.

By that stage, the intrepid punter had already chalked up ten winning selections, including Europe in the Ryder Cup at 11/10, Liverpool to finish in the top two in the Premier League at 8/11 and MK Dons to finish in the top seven in League Two at 1/3, to name but three. However, on Sunday, July 14, 2019, he still required defending champion Novak Djokovic, at 7/2, to win the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon and England, at 5/2, to win the Cricket World Cup Final at Lord’s.

After nearly five hours play, Djokovic finally defeated Roger Federer 13-12 in the fifth and final set after a tiebreak. Over at Lord’s, almost as if the betting gods knew a huge sum of money was at stake – the punter stood to collect £258,000 for his initial outlay of £650 – the agony continued. Set a total of 242 to win outright, England scored 14 runs from their final over and tied the New Zealand score of 241, resulting in a so-called ‘Super Over’ to decide the result. Remarkably, after a further six balls apiece, both teams had scored 15 runs and were still tied.

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament playing conditions stated that, in the event of a tie, the team that hit the most boundaries during their innings, including the Super Over, would be declared the winner. Thankfully, at least for our punter, England hit nine more boundaries than New Zealand, so became Cricket World Cup Winners for the first time.