Tue, Sep 27, 12:55pm by Staff Writer
Punters cashed in on Patrick Dangerfield’s dominant season, when the Cats midfielder saluted as the shortest Brownlow Medal in history on Monday night, after opening the season at as much as $9.
According to TAB, one punter had $2,500 on Dangerfield at $9 on the same day he debuted for the Cats with a 43-possession effort against Hawthorn on March 28, a performance which earned him three votes.
Another punter had $5000 at $7 on the same day, and from that point Dangerfield was ruling favourite for the AFL’s greatest individual honour.
He was still $4 after Round 11, before entering the red-zone at $1.90 after Round 18. He was $1.30 at the end of the regular season and eventually started around the $1.18 mark when the count started on Monday night,
The biggest bets the TAB took Dangerfield on the day of the count were $50,000 at $1.18 and $20,000 at $1.18, while they reportedly paid out $1.5 million on the result. He became the fourth favourite in the past five years to win the Brownlow, having set a new record for total votes of 35.
Sportsbet offered a special that Dangerfield, who wears No.35 on his kersey, would poll 35 votes exactly at $6.
Interestingly, second-placed Luke Parker wears No.26 and polled 26 votes.
The biggest odds shock in terms of an individual game came in the Round 19 match between Melbourne and Gold Coast, where Max Gawn received three votes. He was not listed in the Sportsbet market despite having 60 hitouts in that match and as a result ‘any other player’ was paid out at $26.
The club-by club leading vote getters also produced some interesting returns.
Nick Riewoldt caused an upset at St Kilda, polling 19 votes, three more than Saints B and F winner Jack Steven ($1.04) to prevail at $8. Andrew Gaff did likewise at West Coast, securing 21 votes to finish clear of Matt Priddis and lob at odds of $7.
Daniel Wells saluted at North Melbourne by a single vote, defeating favourite Todd Goldstein to prevail at $2.75, while Aaron Hall ($5), who polled nine votes in the first three matches, finished on 11 votes at Gold Coast, level with favourite Tom Lynch ($1.27).
GWS’s Stephen Coniglio ended his count on 17 votes, as $2.25 second favourite at the Giants behind Callan Ward ($2.05), who managed just 12 votes.
Short-priced favourites won Adelaide (Rory Sloane ($1.01), Brisbane (Tom Rockliff ($1.22), Carlton (Patrick Cripps $1.58), Collingwood (Adam Treloar $1.42), Essendon (Zach Merrett $1.06), Geelong (Dangerfield $1.01), Hawthorn (Sam Mitchell $1.03), Melbourne (Max Gawn $1.30), Port Adelaide (Robbie Gray $1.02), Richmond (Dustin Martin $1.01), Sydney (Luke Parker $1.57) and Western Bulldogs Marcus Bontempelli ($1.02).
A multi on those 12 favourites would have yielded you a return of $6.54.
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