THERE’S always a lot of talk about whether you should cash out a bet and my preference is to look at cover options.
So how do you feel about a Coral punter from Aberdeen who won £49,989 for a £5 stake when he cashed out on a League Cup accumulator – but missed out on a £273.000 jackpot after his final selection went on to win? To be fair I’d feel gutted but thrilled all at the same time.
Amazingly, the 37-year-old punter predicted nine shock results on Tuesday and just needed Portsmouth to beat Derby on Wednesday to scoop the windfall. His other teams were Burton, Shrewsbury, Hartlepool, Ipswich, Northampton, Notts County, Birmingham, Brighton and MK Dons and it was a fairly remarkable line.
He made the decision to take advantage of Coral’s cash-out facility prior to kick-off rather than risk Derby drawing or losing with a big stake at a short price. Pompey of course won 2-1 meaning his decision cost him more than £220k.
Coral spokesperson Nicola McGeady said: “Our cash-out option gives punters a deal or no deal type opportunity to take a sum of money rather than let their bets play out and risking going home empty-handed. The customer had a difficult decision to make before kick-off but didn’t want to risk being left with nothing.
“Although the result didn’t go his way many others would have done the same thing in his shoes and although he didn’t win the jackpot he has still scooped a life-changing amount of money for a fiver.”
I wonder if he’ll enter my Line of the Week contest in the Daily Record?