A Punter’s $10 “First Four” Bet on The Melbourne Cup turns into $241,000 win
- $13,599,367.00 paid out to punters who backed Almandin
- Punter turns $10 First Four into $241,000 windfall
- 84,868 punters bet on the winner
- 2 punters backed the horse at odds of $301
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has paid out more than $13 million on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin, who was the biggest firmer in the Cup on raceday.
When markets opened, two customers were shrewd enough to back Almandin at odds of $301, with one punter staking $100 for a collect of $30,100. The other had a $20 bet at the same huge odds.
The biggest individual wagers on the German import were $5465.70 at $11 for a return of $60,122.70 and $5,000 at $11 for a return of $55,000.
“Punters outsmarted us by backing Almandin at the ridiculously big odds of $301 earlier in the piece and even today they kept getting stuck into her. The person who won nearly a quarter of a million dollars on the First Four is an absolute genius!”
Big Bets on Almandin
$100 @ $301
$20 @ $301
$5465.70 @ $11
$5,000 @ $11
$10 First Four turned into $241,744.00 – Almandin, Heartbreak City, Hartnell, Qewy
In Albany, WA, a $2 mystery first four, consisting of Almandin to win, Heartbreak City to finish second and then either Hartnell or Qewy to finish third or fourth, netted its owner $24, 174.
A Geraldton punter had $50 on the trifecta – in order – and picked up a very handy $77,065.
And another WA TAB user has $24, 174 to play with on Tuesday night after boxing the first four placegetters in a first four, with a $24 spend.
Even though favourite Hartnell finished third and the heavily-backed Jameka went unplaced, the late backing for Almandin still probably made his win an unpalatable one for the bookmakers.