TWELVE months ago Leinster’s one point loss to Ospreys in the dying minutes of the RaboDirect PRO12 final cost John Anderson €56,000.
The well known gambler from Doon was so sure of a Leinster win that he placed single bets of €35,000, €15,000 and €1,400.
He also had a €5,000 double on the Blues to win the Heineken Cup and Rabo final. A kick from the sideline from Dan Biggar meant John suffered his biggest losing bet.
Word spread around Doon of his loss and when contacted by the Leader John confirmed it.
“I’m a good man to publicise a win but I can also publicise a loss. I got hammered!” said John, who posed with his empty pockets hanging out.
“When the Leader rang me I spoke about it because I can take a beating as well as winning.
“I’ve seen people when they lose go in to the depths of despair. I would say these people shouldn’t go in to a betting shop. If you can’t take a beating it is no place to be.
“I am a punter and when I win I get a great buzz and will laugh as I talk about it, but when I lose I will also laugh about it,” said John at the time.
A kick of a ball costing a person €56,000 would stop most punters ever darkening the door of a bookies again, but not John.
“I vowed that I would stay betting, Now 12 months on I have turned things on their head having received over €51,000 in cheques and cash from my friends - the bookies!” said John, who lodged all the money into the bank,
While there are too many bets to mention some of John’s winners were a €5,000 double on Manchester United to win the Premier League and Ulster to win the Rabo’s regular season.
Despite Leinster costing him a small fortune last year John entrusted them with €12,000 of his money to win the Amlin Cup.
In another double with Ulster, Sebastian Vettel obliged him when he was crowned Formula One champion. John collected €12,833 from that and promptly added €1,167 to put €14,000 on Ulster to beat Scarlets at 1/7. A comfortable 11 point win made it an easy €2,000.
In total he lodged €51,256.99 into the bank after collecting from a number of bookmakers.
“I am now betting 60 years and I have enjoyed it whether I win lose or draw. I believe I am a shrewd punter and I study what I am about to do. I always look before I leap,” said John.
This dates back to when he was 12 and had two shillings on a greyhound at a coursing event in Galbally at odds of 1/2. He hasn’t looked back since.
The big Munster’s fan happy trip to the bank this week was tinged with sadness as he reflected on Doug Howlett’s retirement, Many of the Doon man’s biggest wins have come thanks to Munster, ably assisted by the flying New Zealander. Often seen around Doon wearing the no 14 Munster jersey John has retired it.
Now that the rugby provincial season is over he can turn his attention to GAA and greyhounds.
At the end of the Leader article last year John said with a smile on his face, “I’ll keep going until the well runs dry and it isn’t dry yet!”
He heard from a friend of his that one man said: “Anderson will draw no more water from the well.”
I hope the poor fellow knows how to eat humble pie. The comeback kid from Doon does it again!” laughs John.