New Zealander wins record amount on racing bet

Originally Posted on Sunday Jan 3 3:12:00 GMT 2010

A 37 year old New Zealand man has seen out the Old Year with a record win of almost $800,000.  He placed a multi-bet over six races at Ellerslie races.

He managed to pick all six winners and won a record fixed-odds payout by the TAB.

His final choice of horse was Tanha Strike and it was a nail-biting final race, with Tanha Strike winning by just a head.

The lucky punter, who was not actually present at the races, watched them on the television from has Auckland home.

He then celebrated by going to the SkyCity Casino and setting up a drinks tab for his friends and Tanha Strike’s jockey.  Ironically, although he celebrated in style, he did not spend any money on gambling in the casino that night.

His future plans include making some reinvestment in the TAB and taking six good friends to Las Vegas in June.

The 37 year old Aucklander is indeed a lucky man.  Last year he won $260,000 on another multi-bet.  Although he also admits to losing many bets too.

He is a keen gambler who analyses the race book and then covers all the combinations.

A New Zealand Racing Board spokesman said it was the largest fixed-odds payout in its 60 year history.

It is, of course, possible to make racing bets via online gambling sites, as well as use the sites for other gambling pursuits such as poker.  New Zealanders are no exception to the growing popularity of online gambling.

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