The night of AFL nights is upon us, and for many punters it’s their grand finale – some in particularly odd ways.
While many of us are simply Brownlow purists looking forward to the fun and excitement of votes being played, others like to be financially invested at night.
Here’s a look at some of the more bizarre bets placed on the 2022 Brownlow Medal.
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WHO SAID THIS IS A MIDFIELDER AWARD?
The Brownlow historically goes to midfield, with Sydney’s Adam Goodes in 2006 the last non-midfielder to claim ‘Charlie’ (despite playing in the ruck).
Before that you have to go back to 1993 when Essendon’s Gavin Wanganeen won it as a back pocket, and before that St Kilda’s Tony Lockett drew with John Platten in 1987 in a season where the key striker scored 117 goals.
But that hasn’t stopped bettors from having a crack at a non-baller taking the gong this year.
It includes a $10 Pointsbet bet on Steven May from Melbourne to win at odds of $10,000.
Much more realistically, Jeremy Cameron from Geelong is the top striker, where Pointsbet stands to lose $150,000 if he gets up.
Cameron’s teammate and young guns defender Sam De Koning got his own rare tip to be the outright winner, with a Sportsbet tipster putting him $2 to $1001.
AMPLE LOVE FOR PIES
Collingwood has had a fairy tale run this season, rising from 17th place to a preliminary final appearance. And tipsters clearly liked what they saw in black and white.
Many bettors believe Nick Daicos may be the first Rising Star/Brownlow winner in the same year after his remarkable rookie campaign, averaging 25.9 eliminations per contest. If nothing else, there’s every chance the 19-year-old would be the highest-voting player at the club that night.
A Pointsbet bettor bet $750 on Daicos at odds of $150, and there are plenty of other nibbles on the father-son star at odds of $500.
Elsewhere, a Sportsbet fan backed Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury to finish in the top 20, setting odds of $1,000 at $81.
The Magpies were also backed to have the most votes per team with a stake of $50 at odds of $501 on Sportsbet.
CHIPS IN FOR FIVE PLAYERS
St Kilda rookie Jack Hayes played just five games this season before his year was brutally short due to an ACL injury.
However, a Sportsbet user took part in his survey just a singular vote, setting odds of $3730 at $1.67.
They probably won’t have to wait long to find out the result, with Hayes’ big debut against Collingwood in the first round where that vote is expected to come from.
He racked up 18 eliminations, 10 points and three goals, albeit in a losing effort. If the Saints big man doesn’t vote there, you feel the bettor may drop out of the count early.
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES
There are several other big bets that have been put in place that will surely make punters nervous.
Among Sportsbet users, one tipster bet $800 on Dylan Moore receiving the most votes for Hawthorn at odds of $260, while another deposited $3,000 on James Sicily in the same bet at odds of $6.
Another bettor deposited $1,000 on Tom Lynch polling Richmond’s most votes at odds of $7.
Then there are a few bets that will make those who placed them potentially regret their decisions.
A user deposited $500 on Ben Keays to get the most votes for Adelaide at $2 odds ahead of Rory Laird’s end-of-season run. Keays’ odds have since drifted to $8.
Western Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli received a $500 bet to win the Brownlow at odds of $7, which has since exploded to $251.
FIRST-EVER FOUR-WAY… NO, FIVE-WAY!?
There was never even a four-way tie, but some punters raised the stakes again and predicted a totally unprecedented five-way tie.
A total of 12 individual Sportsbet users backed the five-way tie at odds of $151.
To be fair, if there was a year to take such a gamble, it’s probably 2022, with no big favorites but a clear top six ahead of the rest of the field (Lachie Neale, Clayton Oliver, Patrick Cripps, Andy Brayshaw, Touk Miller and Christian Petracca).
There was also 98% of turnover backing a tie versus no tie (odds $4.50 versus $1.14).
As they say, strange things have happened.
PARISH STOLEN OF ANZAC MEDAL?
Jack Ginnivan really announced himself in Collingwood’s Anzac Day win over Essendon, scoring five goals to receive the game’s best pitcher award.
Although the majority of bettors tipped Darcy Parish to get all three votes.
Among Sportsbet tipsters, 75% of turnovers in the Round 6 clash predicted that Parish would garner the maximum votes over Ginnivan.
Parish racked up a career-high 44 possessions that day, but he received criticism for being ineffective with his layout.