Sportsbet.com.au‘s Punter of the Week is a patient man.
He selected five major worldwide sporting events, starting in August of 2015…and he collected his winnings in June of 2016 following the recent NBA Finals.
SR of Sydney turned $300 into just under $47,000 by starting with a bet on the Netball World Cup in August of 2015. Australia won a tight contest and got his multi off to a good start.
Then it was the AFL Grand Final and SR’s bet on Hawthorn turned out to be a safe one, with the Hawks rolling to a 46-point victory over the West Coast Eagles.
The very next day it was the NRL Grand Final and this time SR looked to be in a bit of trouble with the Brisbane Broncos holding a slight edge over the North Queensland Cowboys late in the game. But the Cowboys tied it up and forced Golden Point, and when Johnathan Thurston’s field goal won it for North Queensland, the multi was still alive.
A month later, SR had a win in the Rugby World Cup final when the All Blacks beat their archrivals the Wallabies by 17 points.
From there, it was a six-month wait until the NBA Finals series, which pitted the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors. SR saw his pick, the Cavs, fall into a 3-1 series hole, only to rally and do what no team in NBA history had ever done. Not only did LeBron James and Co. bring Cleveland a long-awaited title, they delivered SR a $47,000 win.
August 2015, Netball World Cup: Australia to win at $1.40
Result: Australia beat New Zealand 58-55
October 2015, AFL Grand Final: Hawthorn to win at $2.50
Result: Hawthorn beat West Coast 16.11.107 to 8.13.61
October 2015, NRL Grand Final: North Queensland to win at $5.00
Result: North Queensland beat Brisbane 17-16
November 2015, Rugby World Cup: New Zealand to win at $2.37 each way
Result: New Zealand beat Australia 34-17
June 2016, NBA Championship: Cleveland Cavaliers to win at $3.75 each way
Result: Cleveland beat Golden State 4 games to 3