The Melbourne Storm’s decision to rest players ahead of the finals resulted in a loss for the club, but a monumental fill up for punters.
The bookies went up with a +19.5 line for the Dragons earlier in the week, but team lists played havoc with the market and ultimately saw a 20-point swing, and the Dragons actually starting the game -1 favourites.
The Storm’s ‘B side’ returned a typically tough effort, but it simply wasn’t enough, and it was the punters who ultimately reigned supreme in the final match of the regular season.
The Rabbitohs pulled off one of the great upsets of 2020 with a 60-8 thrashing of reigning champions the Roosters, and it also proved to be a huge result for the bookies.
The Roosters were truck loaded in match betting ($1.25) and at the line (-9.5) all week, but they were clearly never in the contest.
Wayne Bennett’s men ran wild, multis were ruined and not even a Josh Morris 1st try went close to salvaging the night for punters.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
There wasn’t one.
Incredibly, it was in fact only Josh Morris that delivered the bookies a losing result in this market in Round 20 but even then, it wasn’t much of one.
This week goes to a punter who back himself, a couple of favourites and a couple of roughies.
Our punter in question had five legs; the Panthers, Souths, Raiders, Titans and Eels all to win their respective Round 20 matches.
Offered odds of $50.01, our punter laid down $220 of his hard-earned and was rewarded with a win of more than $11,000.
BACKING THE FUTURE
With half the league now amidst Mad Monday celebrations, all the post-Round 20 movement has been in premiership betting.
Understandably, the Roosters were slight drifters after their horror performance against the Bunnies, while their conquerors made the biggest move, going $51 into $19.
Panthers – $4 > $3.65
Rabbitohs – $51 > $19
Roosters – $3 < $3.70
Knights – $51 < $151