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LA clips wings of Memphis and unlucky bookie – Best and worst sports bets ever

 

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LA clips wings of Memphis and unlucky bookie

Best and worst sports bets ever

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Every week, bookmaker and former Racing Post chief sports betting writer Mark Worwood takes you inside the wagering industry with tales of the best and worst bets of all time.

 

 

Picture the scene. An American dad and his undergraduate son are watching the Western Conference fourth and fifth seeds Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers play the opening game in their 2012 National Basketball Playoffs first round match live from the comfort of their suburban lounge room.

 

Memphis gets off to a flying start, outscoring Los Angeles 34-16 in the first quarter. The Grizzlies extend their lead to 19 points by the half-time break and, following a 27-25 third quarter, the home team is 21 points to the good when the fourth and final quarter gets under way at FedExForum.

 

The son, who likes a punt or two, boots up his computer and logs into his favourite online betting account. He sees live betting is available on the Memphis versus Los Angeles game and, wanting to see the odds available about the Clippers completing one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history, clicks on the appropriate hyperlink to see the prices.

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What the college student views prompts him to place not one but two bets that change his life for the better. His online bookmaker is offering $55,555 payouts on $100 bets for Los Angeles to win. He cannot resist having a $25 bet on the Clippers at odds of greater than 550-1 and, with the price unchanged even after Los Angeles replacement Mo Williams sinks a three-pointer with 11:28 left on the clock to make the score 88-67 to Memphis, he places another $50 bet.

 

Three and a half minutes later and the young undergraduate’s bet is not looking good. Los Angeles trails Memphis by 24 points and Clippers starter Chris Paul picks up his third personal foul. One can imagine that the father is telling his son that fools and their money are easily parted.

 

Los Angeles forward Reggie Evans makes a layup to reduce the deficit to 22 points with 7:54 to go. The Clippers score 11 unanswered points in the next two and a bit minutes before Memphis guard Mike Conley converts only one of his two free throws. Los Angeles responds with an even better run – 15 points without reply, including three Nick Young screamers from downtown – to lead 97-96 with 50 seconds remaining.

 

Memphis forward Rudy Gay makes a jump shot with 28 seconds to go that puts the shell-shocked Grizzlies back in front on the scoreboard but Memphis sends Los Angeles superstar Paul to the line five seconds later and CP3, cheered on by one very excited punter who will make a profit of $41,592 if the Clippers triumph, sinks both of his free throws as if he is playing with his mates on a neighbourhood court. Gay fires off a jump shot just before the buzzer sounds but it misses and Los Angeles registers the most improbable of victories.

 

The Lazarus-like Los Angeles comeback tied the NBA Playoffs record for the largest deficit overcome in the fourth quarter on the shot-clock era and broke a large number of Clippers records. It was quite some match, one that a basketball-loving undergraduate will never forget.

 

 

What is the best bet that you have ever placed? And what is the bet that you regret most? Send me your comments.

 

 

 

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