Sport has proved time and again it is the ultimate rollercoaster for those watching on. Even if you’re a fan of the teams or just a casual viewer, the thrill of any game can see the blood pressure rise.
When it comes to having money on the game however, the stakes are raised even higher and the pressure when watching on amplifies.
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For one punter on Wednesday he well and truly rode the emotional rollercoaster throughout the entirety of the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets game.
A regular punter with the TAB who isn’t afraid of shelling out the big bucks, opted to get behind the Lakers as they looked to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
His confidence was sky-high as he parted with $228,733 on the Lakers to win at $1.38 for a potential profit of $86,918.54.
Denver had other ideas however as they jumped out and held a 10-point lead at halftime. It forced the punter to cash out and look to reinvest his money.
Taking the cash out option available, the punter took the $97,624 on offer and threw it behind the Nuggets to win at -9.5, meaning they had to win by 10 points or more.
This is where things take an interesting, albeit devastating, turn.
Denver put the foot down during the third quarter and held a 20 point lead during the fourth quarter before the Lakers roared back to life.
After seeing their lead dwindle down to as little as three points, the Nuggets pulled away again and held a 10 point lead with under 10 seconds to play.
But the stress for the punter was far from over as a shot clock turnover handed possession back to the Lakers with 5.4 seconds on the clock.
Most teams opt to just dribble it out when the game is all wrapped up, but Lakers guard Alex Caruso wasn’t on for that idea.
As the Nuggets players stood around high-fiving the victory, Caruso took the inbounds pass and strolled towards the basket before laying it in with 1.6 seconds left to make it 114-106.
The Nuggets inbounded the ball and let the time expire, leaving the punter seeing red and more likely than not adding Caruso’s name to a most hated NBA players list.
The excruciating ending left the punter empty-handed and despite the eye-watering original outlay, will surely see him take a day off from betting.
“A really tough day for the punter in question,” TAB’s Trent Langskaill said to news.com.au.
Most punters lose their minds watching a game they have only small figures on, we can’t even imagine the emotional rollercoaster this punter endured on Wednesday.