Limerickman who collected €90,000 from bookies backing Brazil in World Cup

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Flush! John Anderson has bounced back from a disastrous 2012 and has lodged cheques to the tune of �90,000. Picture: Adrian Butler
RENOWNED Doon gambler John Anderson has just lodged the tidy sum of €90,203.88 to his bank account – courtesy of the bookies.

RENOWNED Doon gambler John Anderson has just lodged the tidy sum of €90,203.88 to his bank account – courtesy of the bookies.

Not afraid to put his money where his mouth is, John is backing the Samba Boys for World Cup glory.

“I prefer rugby because soccer is harder to predict but it is very hard to look beyond the home team,” said John. Brazil are at 3/1 if you fancy a flutter. While John has had a good 2014, 2012 wasn’t as kind. He famously lost €56,000 when Leinster were beaten in the RaboDirect final.

“When the Leader contacted me back then I spoke about it because I can take a beating as well as winning. Around that time I saw a fellow who had €10 in a shop which he lost. He then kicked the door on his way out. I asked staff why and they said he couldn’t afford to lose his tenner. Why did he not think of that before he had his bet?” said John, who echoes the golden rural of gambling – only bet with what you can afford to lose.

John’s biggest bet of the rugby season was a cool 20 grand on Ireland to beat France in the Six Nations at 5/6. A few weeks prior to that he had €2,500 on Ireland to win the Six Nations at 2/1. The 73-year-old must have aged a decade when France went over for a try in the 78th minute but Pascal Pape’s pass was ruled forward.

“It has to be up there with some of the luckiest bets I’ve ever won,” said John, whose quantity of bets is shown by the number of points on his Ladbrokes card - 260,456.

“You get one point for every €2 you put on so that’s over €500,000 in the last two years alone and that’s just Ladbrokes - I bet with them all. At the start it used be a point for every €1 you put on but one of the staff members told me they changed it to €2 because of me,” said John.

The points he has racked up allows him to over €2,500 in free bets.

As always he placed his faith in his beloved Munster. He put €7,500 at odd of 2/5 that they would finish above the Scarlets and they duly did. He also entrusted a €1000 on them to beat Connacht at 1/3. Proving that a gambler always has to put his head over his heart he had €6,100 at 3/10 on Toulon to beat Munster in the Heineken Cup. While there was never a doubt over €5,000 he had on Annie Power in Punchestown at 1/7.

A number of other accumulators helped him lodge close to €100,000 in the bank. Some of the odds may be short but they still beat the interest rates at the moment!

He has also won money on his own GAA club - Doon. He had over €1,100 on them to beat Ahane in May at 4/7. He has now put €1,000 each way on Doon to win the county championship at 15/2.

After he lost over €50,000 on Leinster, John heard rumours that he was gone as a gambler.

“I hope the poor tortured souls will find peace but not before they eat lots more humble pie!”