One Ladbrokes punter put the term “long weekend” to the test backing a 12-leg multi from April 24-28 in a phenomenal display of patience in one of the busiest sporting periods of the year.
A $140 outlay at odds of $151.99 brought about this massive return of $21,278.92 as this punter’s multi covered some decisive fixtures in the Premier League, the NBA Playoffs and AFL Round 6.
It all started in the early hours of Wednesday morning as Tottenham hosted Brighton to get things started.
The multi was in real danger of collapsing at the first hurdle before Christian Eriksen’s 88th minute winner got this leg over the line.
Up next was the clinching game in the Eastern Conference Playoffs as our punter backed the Toronto Raptors to close out the Orlando Magic.
Perhaps the only down side of the game was the Raptors losing the fourth quarter… of course when they were up by 29 before that, that final 12 minutes was pretty inconsequential to the final result.
After that it was Game Five between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets with our punter backing the Nuggets to pick up a win in the series that, at that point, was tied at two games apiece.
Much like the first NBA leg, the Nuggets took control of the game early and held a big lead at the end of the third quarter, cruising to an 18 point win.
There wasn’t much stress about the fourth leg of this multi either, with our punter backing Richmond to beat Melbourne in the ANZAC Eve game.
One day and four legs down, our punter took on the two early Premier League matches on Thursday morning and they took a big upset taking Wolves to beat Arsenal and extend the Gunners road woes.
A flying first half at Molineux had the hosts flying over the flailing Gunners and they finished up 3-1 winners.
In the other, much bigger game, our punter backed the blue half of Manchester to reign supreme in the Derby.
Two goals either side of the hour mark got City home and catapulted them back up to the top of the Premier League.
Leg number seven was a nervy ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon.
Despite the Pies leading for most of the game, there would not have been any feelings of safety as the Bombers scrapped their way back into the game.
In the end, it was the Pies winning by just four points however which was more than enough to kick start the second half of this Legendary Land.
There was just one leg on Friday for our punter to get on board with, backing Port to beat North and they duly obliged picking up an 88-72 win.
Saturday featured three legs starting in the early hours of the morning with Liverpool putting five past Huddersfield to (temporarily) take back top spot.
Up next were the two Saturday afternoon games in the AFL with our punter backing the Lions to win the QClash.
After a close first half, the Lions ran away with it after the big break to cruise to a 49 point win.
Kicking was the difference for Adelaide as they beat St Kilda at Marvel Stadium by 29 points leaving just one remaining leg on Sunday.
Carlton just had to cover a +22.5 line when they took on Hawthorn and when they lead by 36 points in the second quarter our punter would have surely had to resist going the early crow.
As the Hawks clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter, any feelings of relief would have quickly evaporated.
Four straight goals gave Hawthorn a 17 point advantage as time wound down and leaving this land hanging by a thread.
Thankfully for our punter, the Blues pulled it back to a five point margin when the final siren sounded and leaving our punter to possibly drown out the cheers of Hawks fans enjoying their miraculous comeback.
It was a payoff five days in the making but our punter can now well and truly enjoy this Legendary Land.