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Weekend Wrap – We turned $200 into $303 at a strike rate of 55%

Mon, Dec 5, 3:55pm by Head Editor

It’s time once again, to look back at myself and the rest of the team at’s best bets for the weekend to find out if we’ll be able to buy our friends and family something from the beautiful shopfront of the Emporium or second hand gifts on eBay.

Once again our betting weekend started in America on Friday AEDT in the NFL. First up, we had the Cowboys who duly saluted for their 11th straight win and got us off to a winning start at the odds of $1.58.

Round Nine of the A-League kicked off on Friday night when Perth Glory travelled to Melbourne to take on the Victory. Despite having 20 shots on goal the Melbourne boys were unable to get the three points for us.

The following day the other Melbourne team, City did the right thing by us and got a draw against the Brisbane Roar in a spiteful clash. Argentinian Nicolas Calazo equalised in the 54th to kick a more than handy $3.80 into the AG wallet.

On Sunday, Sydney FC looked every bit the top of the table position that they currently occupy, beating the Jets 2-0 to go six points clear at the summit of the A-League. We got $1.73 for our punt.

Staying with the round ball code and in one of the best matches of the season, City were not able to get the result we needed at home against Chelsea, losing 3-1. The Blues are now three points clear on top after five wins in a row.

Across the Atlantic and a round ball of a different variety, in the NBA we took the Cavs to beat the Bulls but the defending Champs came up short, their 111-105 loss, their third straight loss.

Picking us up after that shock defeat though were the Houston Rockets who won their fourth straight against the Nuggets which gave all at AG a smile with a $2.81 return.

Staying with Basketball but back on home soil, our best bet of the week in the NBL, the Taipans saluted at the odds of $2.20. Cairns rolled the Bullets 89-84 in Brisbane. Travis Trice top scoring with 24 points. Cheers Trav.

On the track, we previewed the first standalone Saturday at Pakenham’s new track and had a good day.

First up, Bren O’Brien’s best bet (Mihany) saluted at the odds of $3.10 and $1.35 then he continued his good form when he selected the Pakenham cup winner (Pilote D’Essai) at $3.50 and $1.90.

Closing out a very good day, our value bet (Burning Front) came second for us in the race which meant a further $3.90 went into the kitty.

The final group one race of the year was run in Perth and we had a flutter on Saturday for the Kingston Town Classic. We were on Perfect Reflection for the win but she ran third.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the final event of the V8 Supercars Championship took to the streets of Sydney. It was a good result for us too with Jamie Whincup winning the first race, as predicted and $2.62 went into the AG account.

At 1:30am on Sunday morning, The Wallabies were $3.50 underdogs to beat the old enemy ($1.30) at Twickenham.  Those odds were on the money in the end with England coming from behind to beat the Wallabies by 37-21.

We backed the English by 1-12 points at $2.50 which looked like a good bet until centre Jonathan Joseph crossed to score a try with seven minutes remaining, extending the English lead and taking our money.

Later on, Sunday, the first ODI of the summer was played at the SCG. The Aussies, lead by a brilliant century from skipper Steve Smith triumphed over the Kiwis by 68 runs.

In the search for some better odds for you we left the head-to-head market alone and threw our money on Mitchell Starc for most wickets at $3. That didn’t pay off.

The Australia PGA championship was played at Royal Pines this week and on Sunday we backed Adam Scott at the odds of $4 leading into the final day just four shots of the pace. The 2013 Masters Champion was unable to bridge the gap with American Harold Varner III taking home the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

Finally, in Sunday’s NFL we went at a 50% win/loss rate, first up, we correctly picked the Steelers ($1.86) to win at home by at least six against the Giants, ending New York’s run of six straight wins.

That’s where our luck ended in the league though with the Seahawks hosted the Panthers in a blowout in the Sunday Night (Monday afternoon AEDT) game.

The final score was a 40-7 win to the Panthers, not what we wanted as our selection of the Panthers (+7.5) was way off the mark.

We have backed the Colts to beat the Jets in New York on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 12:30pm AEDT.

Our overall result for the weekend was 11/20. Meaning a return of $303.50 if you bet $10 per selection. A 55% strike rate and a profit of just over $100. Not a bad weekend on the punt and we’ll aim to do better for you next week!

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