Fri, May 9, 4:43pm by Brad McGrath
Most Australians have a story that finishes with them going home empty-handed after a day betting at the track or pub.
A favourite story in my household is my sister’s car breaking down on my dad on Melbourne Cup Day 2008 on the way to the TAB.
He had been telling everyone for weeks that Viewed would win the Melbourne Cup. Most people looked at him scornfully but the Bart Cummings 40-1 shot saluted.
Unfortunately my father didn’t make the TAB in time so missed out on a big pay day, much to the rest of the family’s amusement that had backed Viewed earlier in the day.
One AG reader sent in a particularly noteworthy story of heartbreak this week after an AFL multi went from a certain win to disaster in a matter of seconds.
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THIS week a close friend of an AG staff member sent in this ripping yarn about the day his certain win turned into a nightmare.
It was round 8 of the 2013 AFL season when my dreams of a big win seemed a reality.
I had backed West Coast Eagles to beat North Melbourne between 1-39 points and they did so when Nic Natanui goaled after the siren.
Next I was seen whooping after Brent Staker goaled from the boundary to confirm I had the second leg correct, Brisbane defeating Essendon in a huge upset.
Hawthorn then defeated Greater Western Sydney by 83 points, enough to cover the 60 plus I had put the Hawks in to win by.
Gold Coast then lived up to its part of the deal with a 32-point win over the Western Bulldogs with the great Gary Ablett best on ground for the Suns.
The final leg, the big moment, I needed Sydney to beat the Fremantle Dockers and I was sitting pretty with the Swans leading by about four goals in the final term.
We decided with Fremantle at long odds to come back from the dead it was the smart move to hedge the bet.
I put enough on the Dockers to cover the bet and make a small profit should they happen to storm home and win.
I say to my mates: “Can’t lose, right?” with a smug look on my face.
That statement turned out to be wrong after Sydney youngster Sam Reid marked on the Dockers’ goal line in the dying seconds with the scores level.
Yep, that’s right, the bloody game ended in a draw – the one result that meant I lost.
WE have our doubts about actor Ben Affleck being banned for life from a Las Vegas casino for being “too good” at blackjack.
The Oscar winner was reportedly stopped from playing blackjack by security guards at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas because “you are too good”.
The 41 year old has made some great films, but we’re not sure his talents would extend to counting cards in what was likely a six deck shoe.
The Good Will Hunting actor was in Las Vegas with wife Jennifer Garner before jetting off to shoot the sequel of Man of Steel.
Hard Rock Casino is yet to comment on the incident.
AUSTRALIA’S failure at the ICC’s T20 World Cup has not dampened punters enthusiasm for its chances of winning the 50 over competition on home soil next year.
The Aussies are $4.50 favourite with online bookmaker Sportingbet to win the 50 over World Cup which will take place in Australia and New Zealand between February 14 and March 29.
Surprisingly, India is second favourite at $5.50 despite traditionally struggling in antipodean conditions.
South Africa ($6), Sri Lanka ($7) and Pakistan ($8) round out the top five in betting, while co-host New Zealand is at $11.
The Aussies struggled at the T20 World Cup earlier this year in Bangladesh despite entering the tournament favourite with some bookies.
JAMES Packer’s well-documented boxing bout is not expected to affect Crown Casino’s international expansion plans.
Packer made national headlines when he was caught on camera brawling with Nine Network president David Gyngell.
But the unsavoury incident barely made the news in Japan where the company’s Melco Crown Entertainment joint venture is in the midst of renewing its casino licence in Macau.
The incident is also unlikely to affect Crown’s plans to build a resort and casino in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, although they received bad news during the week when the government declared it wasn’t giving out any new casino licences.
But Crown will continue its relationship with Rank Holdings, one of two Sri Lankan companies that already hold casino licences.
Melco Crown is a joint venture by Mr Packer and Lawrence Ho.
ENGLAND’S World Cup campaign has gone from bad to worse with star striker Wayne Rooney set to miss Manchester United’s next two matches.
Rooney has a groin injury but remains hopeful of playing in the Reds final match against Sunderland on Sunday, before joining his England teammates for a training camp in Portugal on May 19.
England’s injury woes has seem them slide out to $34 with www.Sportsbet.com.au after being as short as $14 last year.
Brazil remains favourite to win the tournament at $4 with Argentina ($6) and Germany ($6.50) rounding out the top three.
Spain is the outright fourth favourite at $8 as they attempt to defend the title they won in 2010.
Australia is a rank outsider to win the tournament at $501.
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