Still getting hammered
Monday, March 5, 2007 1:37:17 PM
I am persisting with my thus far successful "bet against Spurs" strategy. My first bet was on Fulham to beat Spurs. Spurs scored 4 and won. My next bet was on Bolton to beat Spurs. Spurs socred 4 and won. Yesterday I backed West Ham to beat Spurs. Spurs scored 4 and won.. You may not describe 3 losing bets as a success, but I felt oddly comforted.
The game against West Ham must have left West Ham fans feeling how I was feeling just before I embarked upon this "I might as well make some money out of Spurs being so shit" betting spree. Why the hell do I follow football? Why do I get so emotionally tied up in a meaningless event? It's not even as if my workmates give me undue grief about my team's poor performance; they are all to mature for that sort of thing now.
Then I watch a game like Spurs-West Ham, with all the passion, drama and violence of an Elizabethan play and it sort of makes sense. When Spurs got that equaliser to make it 3-3, that cost me money, but I didn't care (it was only £15 - the odds being offered on West Ham were so good, I did not need to risk much more to hit my target return of £50). All was right with the world. I could continue to delude myself that one day my sons would see Spurs lift a meaningful trophy.
I have, at least, hit on a way for me to make money even when Spurs win, and that is to "lay" (offer odds on) Spurs to keep a clean sheet. Betfair allows you to do this - effectively to be a bookmaker, rather than a punter - but as Betfair is an open market place there is no guarantee that if I offer odds on Spurs keeping a clean sheet anyone will take me up on it, because some other bugger will probably offer more attractive odds. This is what happened over the week-end, where I started out by offering 5/4 on Spurs to keep a clean sheet (not implausible, given West Ham's players' ineptitude with the banjo in a cow's arse-spanking contest). For 2 days this was the only bet in town but as the game drew nearer the odds moved closer to 5/2, which I thought was a bit generous. So, I'll try again with the away tie at Chelsea in the FA Cup. If I can get someone to back Spurs to get a clean sheet then my top result becomes a Spurs win but with Chelsea scoring at least one. Unfortunately, I reckon I'll have to offer about 3/1 to get anyone to bite. Knowing my luck, Spurs will earn a 0-0 draw (costing me a fortune) and then get hammered in the replay.
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