Last weekend marked what was hopefully a turning point in my betting fortunes this year, and I’m happy to say that the momentum was carried into this past weekend.
In the Rugby World, MoneyMan and I called the Crusaders on the handicap of -6.5 and the Blues at -4.5. R300 on the Crusaders by -6.5 returned a healthy R570 as they ran in a 32-19 victory away from home against the Chiefs. My Blues call, had I stuck to it, would have come off sweetly as they secured their first-ever win at Forsyth Barr stadium with an impressive 32-21 victory over the Highlanders, which surpassed the -4.5 handicap. However on Saturday night, something told me not to bet on the game. I think knowing that I wouldn’t be awake to watch it play out influenced the decision to stay away. Money not won, but ultimately money not lost. I’m more disappointed in my three-game multi bet which had the Crusaders, Blues and Reds to all win in what would have turned R100 into R652. Sadly, the Brumbies edged the Reds 20-19 in a game that once again had me glued until the final minute; not necessarily because of quality, but because of the stakes. Such is the nature of betting!
In the Soccer World, I got a great tip from my mate in the UK, who has been making a killing off of soccer multibets. He told me to check out Serie B, where Benevento, top of the table, were sitting at nearly 5/1 against 14th placed Ascoli. There are never any guaranteed bets, but he reckoned this was as close as they came. I put down R200 on odds of 4.70, which returned me R940 as Benevento thumped Ascoli four goals to one. In a small build a bet of R100, PSG failed to net and the corners which I had taken at over 10.5 didn’t add up, so I was disappointed to lose out there. Chelsea’s red card also played a determining role in a multibet of R100 which included them to win. Luckily, the big money was on my singles, and the weekend was still, profitable!
Lots of sport to look forward to this coming week, and value to be found. Stay tuned for our video on Friday where we’ll be chatting our picks for Super Rugby Aotearoa.