Football fan ‘kicking’ himself after missing out on £1k after hasty bet decision

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A football fan has been left 'kicking himself' after he missed out on over £1,000 from a 'hasty' £5 bet during Sunday's Manchester City v Liverpool Premier League clash.

Tom Haden placed an accumulator with Bet365 on the top-of-the-table clash – but missed out on a potential four-figure windfall after making a snap decision.

The bloke placed the bet with five elements in the match: City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to score; Liverpool striker Diogo Jota to score; Reds left-back Andrew Robertson to get booked, and Blues midfielder Bernardo Silva to receive a yellow card.

De Bruyne opened the scoring after six minutes before Jota equalised after 13 minutes. Robertson was cautioned on 28 minutes and Silva followed him into the book five minutes before half-time.

The final element of Tom’s bet was for the match to end in a draw. If all five elements occurred, Tom stood to collect £1,255.

With the other four elements achieved and the match at 2-1, Tom had a decision to make when Bet365 offered him a ‘cash out’ – accept a lower guaranteed sum at £193.08, rather than letting the bet run out to the end of the match.

With City having the best of the play in the first half, he felt sure they would score next and decided to take the cash – a reasonable profit of £188.08.

But he was left rueing his decision when Sadio Mané equalised for Liverpool just after half-time and the match ended in a 2-2 draw – just as he initially predicted.

Tom made his decision on the stroke of half-time and tweeted: “I’ve taken the £193… come on City."

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But an hour later the 25-year-old, who originally hails from Coventry and now lives in Loughborough, Leicestershire, felt like shedding real tears, after missing out on a further £1,061.92.

Tom said: “There was a minute left to play in the first half and it was 2-1 to Man City. At the time Liverpool hadn’t turned up in the first half.

“If City got a third it was game over, and it was only a fiver bet with a £193 return so I took it. At the time I thought I would be more frustrated had I not taken the cash out and then City had scored next.

“Mané scored really early in the second half and the bet was in but I’d already cashed out. I think how you feel about it depends on your situation.

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"At the time, if you can go without £200 then you can let it run. But for me it was too good to turn down. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t kicking myself.”

Tom added: “I only bet on rare occasions, the big games or the Grand National which was also this weekend.

"You have got to look at it as making £188. Although I could have won £1,255, I didn’t lose that amount. As Troy Deeney once said about Arsenal not having the ‘cojones’, I’d have probably bottled it and cashed out at 2-2!”

Another gambler also missed out on an even bigger payday yesterday with their Bet365 accumulator bet also posted online at the weekend.

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It had three correct scores; Brentford to beat West Ham 2-0, at 16/1; Leicester City to beat Crystal Palace 2-1, at 10/1; and Man City to draw 2-2 with Liverpool, at 14/1.

For a fiver that would have netted £14,025, but they cashed out at £1,722.37.

Tom said: “They have still had a nice payday but I think they’ll feel the same as me.”

Asked what he would do with his winnings, Tom said: “I’ll buy a couple of beers to drown my sorrows. I will be in no rush to cash out in the future.”

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