In an Australian cricket first, leading online bookmaker먹튀검증has declared the 2022/11 Ashes Series over and has paid out all bets totaling more than $400,000 on England to not only retain the Ashes, but to win the series after Day One of the Third Test in Perth.
The unprecedented move sees punters collect their winnings with an incredible four days of play left in the Perth Test – and with the Melbourne and Sydney Tests to come.
“Unfortunately for Australian cricket fans the writing is on the wall and we can’t see the Aussies coming back from here,” said sportsbet’s Chief Executive Matthew Tripp.
“We’d be paying out soon enough anyway so punters may as well have their cash now in time for Christmas.
“Cricket punters are normally very patriotic to the Aussies but they also know a good thing when they see it and it seems everyone has backed England to win this series.
“As big fans of our national side we’d love to get this one wrong but we can’t see any hope of them turning it around.”
Just before the First Test in Brisbane, one punter had $50,000 on England to win the series at $3, meaning he has collected $150,000 before the halfway mark of the series.
With their domination so far this summer, England is now paying just $1.30 to win the Ashes. $5.25 is on offer on a drawn series, while Australia has blown out to $8.50 to win the series.
“As with all sportsbet early payouts and refunds, there is no requirement for punters to reinvest their winnings, it’s their money and they can do as they please with it,” said Tripp.
“The bottom line is, why risk betting anywhere else when sportsbet regularly pays out early on big events?”
Sportsbet is generating a reputation for paying out early on big events. In October the bookie paid out more than $250,000 early on So You Think to win the Cox Plate, five days before the race.
However, the bookmaker does not always get it right. Earlier this year, sportsbet paid out more than $150,000 in bets on Richmond for the AFL Wooden Spoon after just four rounds. A mid-season revival saw the Tigers finish two wins clear of West Coast at the bottom of the ladder.
Warne Just $3.75 To Make Comeback In Ashes Series
Punters with leading online bookmaker sportsbet are leading a charge with their wallets for Shane Warne to return to the Australian XI during the 2022/11 Ashes Series.
Warne is just $3.75 to play in at least one of the remaining three Tests, with $1.22 on offer for Warne not to return.
“We’ve had dozens of punters ringing us in the past few days wanting to get a bet on Warnie returning at some point during the Ashes Series,” said sportsbet’s Haydn Lane.
“I think the best chance of seeing the great man return is if the Perth Test is a draw. That way we’ll still be down by one Test with two to go and then a date with the MCG beckons.
“He’ll probably win the Melbourne Test on his personality alone with 100,000 screaming Victorians behind him and can then bowl us to victory on a raging turner in Sydney!”
Unfortunately for Warne supporters, most punters also believe the Perth Test will not go the distance.
The odds for Australia to win and for a Draw have reversed since markets opened immediately following the Second Test, with Australia $3.40 into $2.65 and the Draw $2.65 out to $3.75. England has firmed from $2.55 into $2.40.
“At this stage punters clearly think the match will be decided inside five days on a lively pitch,” said Lane.
“Less than 10 percent of bets on the Third Test have been on the Draw, while slightly more money has been bet on England than Australia.”
The chopping and changing of the Australian lineup is expected to continue, with 19 or more players used this series now the $3 favourite, in from $81 at the start of the series.