The Cats have largely struggled since returning from their bye and even lost premiership favouritism to the Tigers this round but all that mattered little to the plethora of punters who filled their boots on the back of their win over Sydney.
Richmond’s victory over the freefalling Magpies was also a great result for punters as was the Giants one-point win over Port Adelaide. A couple of points the other way and the Power would have been the bookie’s best for round 19.
Bookmakers will be sending gifts to Princes Park addressed to Mr D. Teague after his Blues added to the Crows woes at the weekend.
As good as Carlton has been of late, they were given little hope against a team supposedly bound for finals.
Alas, the Blues won, the bookies got one back and Teague rocketed to outright favouritism to land the permanent gig at Carlton, firming from $2.25 to $1.73 with Michael Voss easing from $2.25 to $3.25.
FIRST GOAL FLIP OF THE COIN
Results on first goal betting were basically split down the middle between punters and bookies in round 19.
The biggest fill up for punters was likely Coleman Medalist, Jeremy Cameron, who was the best-backed player of the weekend and took just 53 seconds to snag the opener given all his followers a very painless start to their Saturday night.
Using a $140 bonus bet as the stake, one punter turned it into more than five thousand cash by rolling bets across games.
Andrew Gaff most disposals (group A)/ West Coast win/Clayton Oliver 25+ disposals/Tom Rockliff 25+ disposals/Travis Boak 25+ disposals/Harrison Himmelberg 1+ goals/Jeremy Cameron 1+ goals/Jack Macrae most disposals (group A)/ Bulldogs win.
That $140 bonus at odds of $37.26 returned a profit of $5076.19.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Richmond assumed premiership favouritism for the first time since round one and consigned Collingwood to double-figure price for the first time this season. Geelong lost the flag favourites tag despite its win over Sydney as the Lions continued to shorten as more punters began to bye in after a fourth straight win over Hawthorn.
Richmond – $4.50 > $3.75
Geelong – $4.00 > $4.25
West Coast – $5.00 > $4.75
Brisbane – $9.00 > $8.00
GWS Giants – $11.00 > $9.00
Collingwood – $7.50 > $11.00
Essendon – $21.00 (steady)
Bulldogs – $81.00 > $67.00
Adelaide – $26.00 – $81.00