The round 17 bookend games proved the most profitable for punters with the Panthers clinching the weekend opener with significant market support, while the Raiders, backed into clear favouritism in the 48 hours prior to kickoff, did it easy against the Dragons.
While Friday’s double header got off to a great start for punters, the bookies bounced back a short time later courtesy of Canterbury.
The Bulldogs shock win over the Knights was a huge result for bookmakers but the best was yet to come as the Roosters slumped to a Golden Point defeat on Sunday afternoon; a result which almost nobody saw coming.
FIRST TRY FILL-UP
It was a mixed weekend for first try betting with punters and bookies largely sharing the spoils.
Dylan Edwards for the Panthers was well found at $12, with one punter especially excited to see him cross first having had $300 on the full-back at an odds boosted price of $15.
On the flip side, Cowboy Jake Clifford’s was literally friendless in betting as he scored the first without a single wager behind him.
A Sunday afternoon multi where the punter stays out of the upset of the season, is just great foresight.
The six-leg wager across the other two games was just that; Robert Jennings (Anytime Try) / Blake Ferguson (Anytime Try)/Eels WIN/ Matthew Dufty (Anytime Try) / Nick Cotric (Anytime Try) / Raiders win.
A $20 investment at $94.75 returning a handsome $1915.09 collect.
Also, this round, an honorable mention, because you have to have some serious stones to plonk $10,000 on a Same Game Multi as one punter did on Sunday night.
His monster wager as follows:
Raiders as first to score a try/ Raiders over 9.5 points scored at half time/Over 33.5 match points/Raiders -4 points at half time/Raiders -2.5 at full time/Raiders HT/FT double.
The $10,000 bet at $8.27 returning $82,700
BACKING THE FUTURE
The slump is real and, for that reason, the Roosters are no longer outright premiership favourites with the Melbourne Storm (now $1.07 to win the minor premiership) joining their rival at the top of Ladbrokes market.
The Raiders also firmed up yet again whilst the Sharks continues to drift after three consecutive losses.
Roosters – $3.00 > $3.25
Storm – $3.75 > $3.25
Rabbitohs – $6.00 (steady)
Raiders – $15.00 > $11.00
Sharks – $17.00 > $19.00
Knights – $17.00 > $21.00
Panthers – $26.00 > $21.00
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Titans – $2.50 > $1.65
Bulldogs – $1.75 > $2.50