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Sunday 5 March 2017

When punters win big!

I'm sure it's true of every punter that they have their own story of a big win or a near miss - 'the one that got away'! Over the years I've come good by cashing in on the occasional especially big odds outsider bet that I've had my eye on. It's a great feeling to think that you've spotted an opportunity that others have missed and your horse has galloped home to victory, or your team has scored that all important goal. A great many truly 'big wins' in betting come as a result of accumulator bets, often a series of horse racing selections, or perhaps a string of football match bets.

It seems to me that the most noteworthy win of the former (horse racing selections) is the infamous Frankie Dettori's Magnificent 7. For a bit of history, the bookmakers were left reeling when Frankie managed the staggering feat of winning on all seven of his rides in ascot on September 28th 1996. As unbelievable as that achievement was a few punters had faith in Frankie and were heavily awarded as a result. One lucky punter scooped a mind boggling £500,000 with his magnificent seven bet. On the less lucky side, some punters bet on all of the selections as singles. One, a cleaner, walked away with just £19 as a result of her seven 50p wins.

Franie Detorri Magnificent 7 rides:

Wall Street – 2/1
Diffident – 12/1
Mark of Esteem – 100/30
Decorated Hero – 7/1
Fatefully – 7/4
Lochangel – 5/4
Fujiyama Crest – 2/1

Of course sometimes, single bets can also result in huge wins too. That's good news since not everyone has the guts to go with multibets. In recent memory the biggest single bet win that entered the public consciousness must surely be Leicester winning the 2015-16 Premier League at crazy odds of 5000-1. At those odds you've think someone would've bagged a cool £100,000+, though it seems that even Leicester fans had extreme doubts at the start of the season, and who can blame them. The biggest winner, Leigh Herbert, of Enderby in Leicestershire, placed £5 on his team winning a tidy £25,000. Most loses by bookmakers actually fell at around the 100-150-1 range though, when punters started to think that the seemingly impossible might have a chance of happening.


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