YOU WIN some, you lose some and a well known Limerick gambler lost some €56,000 when Leinster were beaten in the dying minutes of the RaboDirect PRO12 final.
John Anderson, Doon, said: “I’m a good man to publicise a win but I can also publicise a loss. I got hammered!”
Despite one of his biggest ever setbacks in his over 50 years gambling, John still has a smile on his face.
“I’m unusual in that people to a man when they get beat there isn’t a word out of them. When the Leader contacted 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,” said John.
So confident of Leinster winning the RaboDirect he put on single bets of €35,000; €15,000; €1,400 and doubles including Leinster to win the Heineken and RaboDirect double of over €5,000.
John is a massive Munster fan so it was ironic that their arch rivals left him down.
“I have a soft spot for Leinster because of all the great players they have and all the money they’ve won me in the past. I couldn’t even watch the Limerick and Tipperary hurling match because I was glued to the rugby!
“The only time I was concerned was in the last seven or eight minutes. Leinster were winning by nine points but then Ospreys got a penalty to bring it back to six. If they got a try I was in trouble,” said John. To his horror Shane Williams went over in the corner for a try and Dan Biggar had a conversion to break John’s heart and bank balance. “It was a very tough angle for the kick but he was kicking so well I thought he would get it,” said John.
Over it went but John had one last chance. Leinster turned the ball over and made it in to the Ospreys half.
Sadly for John, Ospreys reclaimed the ball and the ref blew his whistle.
With Munster’s last minute drop goal heroics earlier in the season he would have preferred if the men in red had the ball. “O’Gara probably would have dropped a goal. The pack would have kept going up the middle and not out wide,” said John.
It’s not every day a person loses €56,000 in one fell swoop but John justs grims, and grins, and bears it.
“I got a heavy loss but I can still laugh,” he says.
“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. That’s how I feel about it - win or lose,” said John.
The one consolation for John is that it is money he won from the bookies in the past. Memorably he cleaned up at the Rugby World Cup. He had a hefty bet on New Zealand before the tournament. Paddy Power paid out before the final so John collected his winnings and then put it all on again on the All Blacks.
“They were lucky to beat France in the final so it just shows you,” said John. However, this setback won’t stop John betting.
“I’ll keep going until the well runs dry and tisn’t dry yet!” he laughs.