It was an enormous week for punters with all but one match returning a positive result, but Saturday night’s game between the Tigers and Panthers proved to be a particularly lucrative time.
We saw good interest for Stephen Crichton in First Try Scorer betting and when the exciting centre crossed in the first minute at $17, the punters had us in a figurative shirt front.
Plenty of big bets on the Panthers, including 25K at $1.52 and 15K at $1.30 were paid out, in what was comfortably the worst result for the bookies in Round 8.
Despite their poor run of form, Broncos fans have remained loyal to their side in betting and it was ultimately their only undoing in Round 8.
We took several big bets on the Broncos to win and at the line, including 8K at $1.57 and 5K at -5.5 and a solid first-half performance garnered more interest in live betting.
As has been the case many times in 2020, however, the wheels completely fell off in the second half and with that, so too did the punters’ hopes of winning.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
Despite the Broncos’ loss being the only winning result for the bookies in Round 8, Xavier Coates provided the single biggest fill up of the weekend, at a canter.
Parallels have been drawn between Coates and a young Greg Inglis and that has seemingly extended to punters’ confidence in his ability to score the first try.
He was absolutely truck loaded by Ladbrokes punters in the lead-up to Saturday afternoon’s game and he took just 7 minutes to settle what was a horror result for us.
This week goes to a punter who had to wait until literally the final minute of the final game to celebrate.
This punter combined five margin legs, Newcastle 1-12, Parramatta 13+, Cronulla 13+, Canberra 1-12 and South Sydney 13+ for odds of $118.73.
Having invested $200, he sweated right up until Dane Gagai crossed in the 79th minute for Souths and was deservedly rewarded with a payout of more than 23K.
BACKING THE FUTURE
The Broncos were available at single-figure odds to win the 2020 Premiership when the NRL resumed and while their fall from grace in that market has been well documented, their rise in another has flown somewhat under the radar.
The Round 8 loss to the Warriors saw Siebold’s men go $6 into $4.75 to suffer the most losses in 2020 – particularly damning when considering their $31 quote in this market only three weeks ago.
The Bulldogs also made a move in this market ($4.50 into $3.50), while both Parramatta and Penrith firmed in Premiership betting.
Eels – $4.50 > $4
Panthers – $9 > $7