It’s surprising how few videos are out there of acca winners talking about their life changing wins. Here we hear from a Coral customer from Kent who won 100 grand from a simple £4 8-fold bet in 2012. I’ll have some of that!
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.
‘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.
Forecasts consist of picking two selections in the same event. A straight forecast involved picking, for instance, two horses in a race to place first and second, in that order. A reverse forecast offers a little more wiggle room in that the two horses can finish in either order (AB or BA) and you still win. Lastly, and less popular, a combination forecast involves picking three selections, two of which have to place first and second in any order.
If you see a race as being out of two horses, a forecast can be the ideal type of bet, especially if one of them or both are big odds selections.
An anonymous Manchester United fan from Lichfield, Staffordshire was, no doubt, disappointed when his team were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2000/01. However, the same fan had cause for rapturous celebration when ‘Die Bayern’ edged out Valencia 5-4 in a tense penalty shootout at the San Siro in Milan, Italy the following month to become European champions.
In so doing, Bayern Munich completed a 15-fold ante-post accumulator, placed the previous August, which also included the winners of the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and National League among various other football, cricket and rugby selections. The accumulator paid an eye-watering 1,666,666/1 – believed to be a world record, in terms of a football-related payout by a British bookmaker – so, for his modest £0.30 stake, the self-employed businessman collected £500,000. Previously, the most profitable football bet in British history was the £400,000 won by Solihull florist Adrian Fitzpatrick, albeit for a much larger stake, at the 1994 World Cup.
It was not the first time that the same punter had won a six-figure sum from the same William Hill betting shop, having previously netted £157,000 for a £2.50 stake when Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League two years previously. At that time, he boldly told betting shop staff, ‘I’m going to do you again’, and so he did. Manageress Janet Dykes, who paid out on both bets, likened his most recent success to ‘winning the Lottery twice’.