Looking back at the third round of the FA Cup there were plenty of upsets going around. League One side Gillingham took out Premier League side Cardiff for instance, while Newport County from League Two pulled off an even bigger shock in beating Leicester.
Other big winners pulling off shock wins included non-league Barnet beating Championship side Sheffield United and Oldham taking out Fulham.
24-year-old Laura Ward from Sheffield collected a great return of £8,800 from Betfred off a £1 bet on FA Cup giant-killers. The savvy punter correctly predicted four FA Cup third round upsets.
The picks that the punter went with were League Two’s Oldham taking a win at Premier League side Fulham at 9/1, Millwall beating Hull at 6/5 (the Lions were favourites), League One’s Doncaster getting the better of Championship side Preston at 3/1, non-league side Barnet beating Sheffield United, and that win for Newport over Leicester City.
The selections went into an accumulator.
Laura said: “I studied the Seventh Heaven coupon for about an hour and went for all the underdogs apart from Millwall beating Hull.
“I still can’t believe it, to win so much that could well transform my life for the sake of just £1 – it’s amazing!”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “The third round might be fun for some people but it cost me well over half a million, with so many shock results and football fans like Laura picking my pocket with such tiny stakes.
Sometimes those big bold bets do indeed pay off. A Stevenage man has collected a pretty cool £40,000 return from a huge bet struck at Betfred on Saturday, November 3rd action. The wager was a 14-fold acca which covered matches from five division across England and Scotland.
Nick Lavranos nailed the lucky Saturday by selecting some bankers in the wager and then decided to rely on his knowledge to piece the rest of the bet together, leaning heavily on favourites for the wager. One of them was backing Newcastle to get their first league win of the season as they faced Watford, while West Ham struck in the second half of their game to beat Burnley.
The biggest drama of all in the bet was from the Blackburn v QPR match from the Championship. Bradley Dack struck a penalty kick just the minutes from time for Rovers to keep the bet alive, while Barnsley got a late one at home against Southend in League One, also three minutes from time.
Stevenage, the hometown club of Lavranos left it late to triumph over Oldham in their game while he relied on Celtic to win the top-duel with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
The Bet In Full – £5 stake returns £39,130
Everton 8/15 to beat Brighton
Newcastle 11/8 to beat Watford
West Ham 8/11 to beat Burnley
Blackburn 5/4 to beat QPR
Brentford 10/11 to beat Millwall
Derby 5/6 to beat Birmingham
Nottm Forest 7/4 to beat Sheffield United
Barnsley 2/3 to beat Southampton
Sunderland 2/3 to beat Plymouth
Lincoln 2/3 to beat Forest Green
Stevenage 11/8 to beat Oldham
Tranmere 6/5 to beat Exeter
Celtic 1/4 to beat Hearts
Motherwell 8/11 to beat Dundee
Landing a big accumulator win is not an easy thing at all at the best of times. Usually, there is some very late drama deep into stoppage time at the end of a leg or two. For a Ladbrokes punter over the weekend, a dramatic 45th-minute goal rescued a bet to land a £21,000 acca win.
The Ladbrokes punter had seven of their eight legs winning from a bet on all eight to be winning at the half time break in Saturday 3pm kick offs. The late drama in the half which saved the bet was at Bramall Lane when Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp popped up at the back post to net against Wigan in the final minute of the half.
Elsewhere, halftime leads for Nottingham Forest, Peterborough United, Colchester United, Wrexham, AFC Fylde, Newport County and Sunderland ensured the punter pocketed a whopping £21,224.72.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “What a weekend our plucky punter had. Sheffield United Billy Sharp played a huge part in this success story but full credit goes to the brains behind this bet!”
BET SLIP IN FULL
To be winning at half-time
Nottingham Forest (v Leeds) – 4/1
Peterborough (v Burton) – 5/2
Colchester (v Lincoln) – 27/10
Wrexham (v Chesterfield) – 13/5
AFC Fylde (v Maidenhead United) – 15/8
Newport County (v Morecambe) – 31/20
Sunderland (v Southend) – 17/10
Sheffield United (v Wigan) – 13/10
TOTAL STAKE – £2
TOTAL RETURNS – £21,224.72
The international break may turn off some punters, but while the recent friendly matches and Nations League stuff was going on, there was plenty of lower league action in England and Scotland going on.
One Ladbrokes punter from Dundee landed a big £84,000 return from a seven-fold accumulator during the recent international break. All of the selections were Match Outright & Both Teams To Score selections.
That’s really pushing things to a difficult level. The teams backed for a win across the bets was Portsmouth, Colchester United, Newport County, Northampton Town, Solihull Moors, Dundee United and Elgin City.
All of the matches were from 3 pm selections and nearing the conclusion of the action, only five of the seven selections were winning. But Andy Williams netted a 97th winner for Northampton, while Newport scored even later in the 98th minute to give the punter the win.
The better scooped a grand total of £84,843.73 from the £5 stake.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It was very much a weekend for favourite-backers in the lower leagues of football across the UK and while plenty of accas landed, this has to be the biggest and best we’ve seen for some time.”
Portsmouth to beat Wimbledon & Both Teams to Score
Colchester to beat Crawley & Both Teams to Score
Newport to beat Stevenage & Both Teams to Score
Northampton to beat Forest Green & Both Teams to Score
Solihull Moors to beat Ebbsfleet & Both Teams to Score
Dundee United to beat Partick & Both Teams to Score
Elgin to beat Cowdenbeath & Both Teams to Score
TOTAL STAKE – £5
TOTAL RETURNS – £84,843.728
BetVictor have put some more support into snooker as they have put their name to the English Open starting with this year’s tournament which is coming up on October 15th – 21st.
BetVictor sponsored the Welsh Open for four straight years from 2013 and re-enters the sport with another high-profile sponsorship.
The English Open is the first of the season’s Home Nations series which will also see tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. If a player can win all four in a single season there is a massive £1m bonus up for grabs.
Among the top stars in the field, there will be Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Judd Trump and John Higgins. The format of the tournament is a straight knockout draw with 128 players starting the evening.
Director of sportsbook at BetVictor, Matt Scarrott, said: “Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance.
Director of sportsbook at BetVictor, Matt Scarrott, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with World Snooker. Over the last few years, snooker has grown in popularity at an astonishing rate as it continues to gain international relevance. At BetVictor, we’ve been following the sport for quite some time, having previously sponsored the Welsh Open for four years, and partnering with World Snooker once again will allow us to expand our footprint into this growing global market.”
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to bring BetVictor back on board for the first ranking event to be staged in The UK this season. They have been great supporters of snooker over the years and they are a fantastic team to work with.
“This is the first time we have staged a major tournament in Crawley and I hope to see the arena packed as the fans have the chance to see 128 of the best players on the planet live in action. Eurosport broadcasts our sport to 137 million homes in 54 countries so the television audience is vast. It will be a sensational week of snooker,” added Hearn.
It is the stuff that dreams are made of. A punter turned their €1 Lucky 15 into a whopping €100k this week on Tuesday evening. The bet was struck at Paddy Power on horse racing action.
The first leg was Sfumato in the 15.40 at Catterick who came home at a big 9/1 price. It was then a wait for the action from Newcastle were Consequences (16/1), Burford Brown (9/2) and Glengarry who rounded off the full house at as a staggering 66/1 odds winner in the final race of the evening.
So the entire each way wager certainly didn’t rely on any strong favourites to come through the field. It was a pretty astonishing feat of betting landing all of those winners at big odds right from the get-go.
What did that mean for the winner? A pretty satisfying return of €112,908.