One lucky Ladbrokes punter has earned the nickname “footy freak” after landing an outrageous 10-leg multi paying a cool $40,899.43.
With $150 to play with, our Ladbrokes legend practised patience as he backed eight winners over two rounds of NRL action, including the winner of the F.A. Community Shield game between Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as the winner in last weekends Newcastle v Arsenal match.
With 10 legs lined up, the odds totalled exactly $272.66, and like so many other big multi’s we’ve paid out, this one had its fair share of nervous moments.
Our punter played it safe by sticking with the favourites in the market, kicking things off by backing the Raiders to win over the Warriors in Round 20. It was a fast start for the multi and The Green Machine in Auckland, as Canberra led by four unanswered tries at halftime to go on and win comfortably 46-12.
Next, our punter was all over Manly at Brookvale to add to Newcastle’s misery. The Sea Eagles were short-priced favourites to record their 12th win of the year, and that’s exactly what happened as Manly demolished the Knights by 24-points.
With two wins down, it was time for perhaps the most nail-biting leg – the Bulldogs. Canterbury’s late-season form has shown plenty of promise in recent weeks, and our punter fancied the Dogs to pull off an upset over the Panthers at Bankwest Stadium.
The signs were concerning in the early goings as the Dogs hit the sheds at half time trailing by two. Nick Meaney quickly put the Bulldogs on top on the other side of the break, however, followed by Jack Cogger’s game-winning try in the 61st minute.
Cronulla also kept things interesting in their blockbuster clash against the Bunnies at Shark Park. Fortunately, John Morris’ came good on their winning record at home, as Bronson Xerri’s pair of tries propelled the Sharks to a 39-24 win over the Rabbitohs.
With four legs in the books, it was time for some roundball action. The FA Community Shield, played between last seasons Premier League and FA Cup winner, made our punter sweat bullets as Manchester City and Liverpool found themselves all square at one goal apiece heading to penalties.
Fortunately, City’s classy strikers got the job done as Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan all stepped up to secure the win for City.
Things were far from over though, as the multi still featured five remaining legs – all of which came in three days’ time.
Wisely, our punter backed the Broncos to win over the Cowboys and the Dragons to beat the Titans, right before taking a gamble on both top-four clashes between the Raiders and Roosters and the Rabbitohs and Storm in Round 21.
Of all the legs, backing the Roosters to win in Canberra was perhaps the bravest. The Raiders had lost only three home games all year, but this Ladbrokes legend obviously saw something special in the reigning premiers as a pair of Daniel Tupou tries and a huge game from Latrell Mitchell helped the Chooks to a 22-18 win.
Eight legs down, it was time to focus on the Storm’s trip to Gosford to face the Rabbitohs. Melbourne, fresh from a 36-point win over the Broncos the week prior, cracked the scoreboard early as Jesse Bromwich and Justin Olam both crossed the line within the opening 15-minutes.
The Bunnies mounted a comeback not long after though behind a hat-trick of Campbell Graham tries, leaving our punter with a serious ‘cash-out’ decision to make. Turns out Brodie Croft made that decision for him, as the Storm halfback scored the game-winner with five minutes remaining.
Last but not least, we head to the Premier League for the final leg between Newcastle and Arsenal from St. James’ Park.
After a tumultuous offseason, the Magpies opened as long outsiders at home against an Arsenal side looking to start their season off on the right foot. The Gunners were far from special over the 90-minutes, but a lapse of concentration in the Newcastle defence allowed Aubameyang to score the one, and the only goal to earn Arsenal a very, very profitable victory.
Nailing a 10-leg multi is every punter’s dream, but it takes something special to space it out across not only two rounds of footy, but also two different sports. Hats off, this is one for the record books.