My weekend began on a positive note when I cashed in our Poker School’s annual year end Tournament on Friday night. Unfortunately things started going wrong on the Saturday when I got involved in Horse Racing including the Summer Cup. It was one of those days where anything I backed failed to even challenge for the places and only Queen Supreme, who eventually finished 4th, gave me a run for my money in the main race.
I managed to claw some money back in the Barbarians rugby game and then took a sizeable bet (yes I was chasing my losses) that Liverpool would score 3 goals or more at home to Brighton. They got on the score sheet twice in the first half and I was mentally banking the proceeds of this bet. They were not themselves in the 2nd half and struggled in vain to add to their score and when they were reduced to 10 men after a red card the odds were against me collecting. In the end Liverpool were happy to hang on and win the game 2-1 and my bet was consigned to what was by now a rather large scrap heap.
We send out a weekly betting email and in it carry an accumulator with World Sports Betting and last week we picked 5 Rugby games at 15/1 and going into the last leg we were in the running and needed the Bristol Bears to beat London Irish by 14 points or more in the English Premiership.
Landing this accumulator would really save my weekend, but things didn’t get off to a good start with London Irish leading at half-time. The good news for me (or so I thought) was that London Irish got a red card and the handicap actually went out as big as (-16.5) points making me a favourite to collect at one point. Frustratingly the Bristol Bears could not build on this one man advantage and in the end London Irish comfortably beat the handicap and closed the door on what was in the end a very disappointing punting weekend. Two red cards, both bets lost.
The beauty about betting though is we don’t have to wait long for our revenge on the bookmakers and I am looking forward to the Dubai Sevens this weekend as well as some quality European Rugby.
This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 5 December 2019.