June 2017

Who wants to be a millionaire? I (almost) do

Who wants to be a millionaire? I (almost) do  This Friday Labrokes alerted their followers on twitter to what was fast panning out to being the accumulator bets to end all accumulator bets. One lucky punter, from Dunstable, had managed to somehow find six winners in a row at royal ascot as part of their £5 eachway multi bet, with Lady Aurelia, Barney Roy, Qemah, Highland Reel, Coronet and Big Orange all romping hopein firt place.

This combination of good fortune led the lucky punter / shrewd horse racing analyst  to the position of being on the brink of winning a staggering £1,000,000 as part of their seven-fold acca. All that had to happen was for their final choice, Bound for Nowhere, a 10-1 shot, to finish in first place (or at least to place, since the bet was an each way accumulator). Unfortunately, this bet was indeed bound for nowhere and the final selection was sadly unplaced. A rather cruel close call for the punter in question as odds-on favourite Caravaggio won the 3:40pm Commonwealth Cup ascot race.

The bet was a £5 each way and 25p Super Heinz bet (total bet: £40) and so all told the punter did manage to bag £12,000. This is certainly better than nothing but he’s no millionaire as a result of this near miss! All we can hope for is that the, ultimately unlucky punter, had the good sense to lay off some of the bet on a betting exchange. That’s of course easier said than done when huge sums like this are concerned though.

Still, to end on the positive here are the winning bets that got this punter of so close to a dream win:

The six winners:

  • Lady Aurelia 7/2
  • Barney Roy 5/2
  • Qemah 5/2
  • Highland Reel 11/4
  • Coronet 7/1
  • Big Orange 8/1

Lucky 63

Lucky 63  We’ve covered Lucky 15 and Lucky 31 bet types previously (as well as a miriad of others) and a Lucky 63 bet is very much along the same lines. A lucky 63 bet consists of 63 bets in total based on 6 initial selections. There are 6 singles, 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 four-folds, 6 five-folds and 1 six-fold.

It’s of course a lot to keep track of and perhaps the kind of bet that will appeal to someone who likes an ambitious punt (since crossing your fingers for 6 selections to come in is quite ambitious even if they are confident choices) but at the same time is realistic enough to realise that against ‘lottery win’ style odds it’s not all hat likely that all six will come in. It’s a judgement call really because of course there have been plenty of mindbogglingly unlikely straight forward accumulators that have come in over the years. In fact I’ve listed plenty of them on this site. With gambling it’s of course very much a judgement call and you can base whether or not your decisions make sense, when you empty your pockets at the end of the week / month / years!