Gambling related articles
When there's a loser, there's also a winner
Betting sob stories are often the subject of comical
anecdotes around a pint in the local bar, as football
fans celebrate their success, drown their sorrows,
or re-tell ancient folklore of huge wins in the past.
More often than not, punters betting on soccer revel
in their own glory of tipping their team to score
at just the right time, or bemoan their misfortune
as rivals come back from the dead when all seemed
safe and secure.
Last week, bars across Australia will have witnessed
punters usually more comfortable with A League betting
boasting or shying away from football talk after Arsenal's
emphatic four-goal comeback against Reading in the
English Capital One Cup. Reading cantered to a 4-0
lead that tipped the odds of winning so much in their
favour that few would bet on anything else. But Arsenal's
charming inconsistencies make them a joy to follow
in England and the Gunners clawed back the four-goal
deficit to draw 4-4 in the fifth minute of stoppage
No doubt there are sob stories about people losing
out having backed Reading at 4-0, and the game rekindled
memories of a student's stupid bet in January 2010.
The punter put his entire student loan of £4,400 on
Angola to beat Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations,
secure in the knowledge that Angola were 4-0 up with
just 12 minutes remaining. Miraculously, Mali drew
level with a flourish in the dying stages of the game
and the student lost it all. He had stood to win just
£44 (AUS $67).
There are no stories of fans placing any bets at
ridiculous odds on Reading to beat Arsenal only to
see it go up in smoke, but there will certainly have
been punters who bet on the draw. For every sob story
like that student's, there will also be successes,
and many fans will have raised their glasses in triumph
last Tuesday night to toast Arsenal's miraculous recovery.
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