England World Cup Win Earns Punter £258,000 From Year Long Accumulator

One punter would have been on the very edge of his seat on Sunday as England's World Cup win earned him a cool £258,000 on an accumulator that started a year ago.

The tension at the end of the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday verged on unbearable for many of us, and that's just because we were emotionally involved, but after a year and 12 sports events one man had more reason to be tense.

Betfair have revealed that one punter put on a 12 fold accumulator last year starting with England's Test series against India last summer and ending with the World Cup to win £258,000 from £650.

As well as the two cricket results the gambler, who wants to be kept anonymous, bet on Celtic to win the Scottish Premiership, Europe to win the Ryder Cup, Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open, Juventus to win Serie A, Barcelona to win La Liga, Liverpool to finish in the top two, MK Dons to finish in the top seven, Barnsley to finish in the top six, PSG to win Ligue 1 and Bayern Munich to win Bundesliga.

Speaking after winning the money the punter said, "I tried to stay positive throughout Sunday's final, but it was incredibly stressful and my heart was racing right till the end, so it was a huge celebration for sure when England won."

The full bet slip. Image: Betfair
The full bet slip. Image: Betfair

He also said that England's World Cup victory didn't give him too many worries until the mid group stage losses to Sri Lanka and Australia, "Going into the World Cup I was really confident; we were at home, Jofra Archer had come into the squad and I just thought we'll make mince-meat of the group, but then suddenly we lost to Sri Lanka and Australia and I started getting worried.

"However, when we thrashed Australia in the semi-finals my confidence came back as I thought Australia were stronger than New Zealand and that we would cruise the final, but more fool me. When the Kiwis started bowling I thought oh dear, we've got a problem here as they were amazingly good and with a tiny bit of luck they could have wrapped it up early. But England rode their luck and I still have no idea how they won that. When we were four wickets down, I thought we were in big trouble, so many times it seemed like it was going to slip out of our control, the whole game was crazy and so many times I thought the game was over for England. It's probably the most intense sporting event I've ever seen without being close to it, but with £250k on the line it was almost too much to handle."

The punter owes Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler a drink. Image: PA Images
The punter owes Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler a drink. Image: PA Images

England's Test series vs India last summer wouldn't have caused the man too many issues with his heart or his bet.

Joe Root's team won the series 4-1 pretty easily, winning the second Test by an innings and 159 runs and only losing the third Test.

Title wins for Celtic, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG never looked to be under threat with all of them defending their titles with relative ease.

Bayern Munich nearly messed things up for him after a poor start to the season but they eventually caught and passed Borussia Dortmund.

Ryder Cup victory came easy for Europe. Image: PA Images
Ryder Cup victory came easy for Europe. Image: PA Images

Liverpool's top two in the Premier League was also never in question and it was just a case of where they'd finish, eventually missing out on top by one point.

Barnsley finished League One just the 18 points clear of sixth in second place and MK Done confirmed automatic promotion back to the third tier on the final day of the season.

Novak Djokovic continued his incredible form over the past couple of years in the Australian Open and beat Rafael Nadal in the final in straight sets.

But possibly the biggest margin of victory relatively came in the Ryder Cup last year. Europe trialled 3-1 after the first session but won the second 4-0 and never looked back to record a 17.5-10.5 victory in France.

What's your most tense wait for a bet to come in?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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