Four Port Adelaide members will be keeping an even closer eye on this year’s AFL flag after winning a premiership bet on their team at the juicy odds of $21 courtesy of UBET and the boot of their favourite players.
To celebrate the renewal of UBET’s sponsorship of the club, the members were each allocated a player to represent them in a kicking competition known as the UBET Big Boot Challenge.
Port Member Cathryn McDonald has Tom Jonas to thank should Port Adelaide salute and win this year's flag after the defender punted his kick 49m into a strong headwind to land the cash for the avid fan.
UBET also matched the $2,250 prize pool with a bet on behalf of Port Adelaide’s charity partner, Legacy, which stands to win $47,250.
The member whose player finished second received a $300 bet to win $6,300, while the remaining two members each won a $250 and $200 bet respectively.
UBET Chief Operating Officer Brendan Parnell said the betting operator was proud to continue its association with Port Adelaide.
“We live and breathe sport at UBET; and the key with this partnership is being associated with a club which has supporters as passionate as the Port Adelaide members,” he said.
“As the licensed wagering partner in South Australia, UBET will be upgrading a number of outlets across the state in the next six months, including a large scale refurbishment of the Morphettville Junction outlet.
“Our association with Port Adelaide, coupled with our SAJC sponsorship, and these retail upgrades will see UBET invest more than $2 million in the state by next July.
“Most importantly, we wish Ken, Travis and the team all the best for next year. Hopefully for the four lucky members and also Legacy, they will be in the thick of the action at finals time.”
GWS are favourites to win this year’s flag with UBET at $4.50, while defending premiers Western Bulldogs ($6.50) and Sydney ($7) occupy the next two lines of betting.
Port Adelaide sits alongside St Kilda on the seventh line at $21, while Brisbane Lions are the rank outsiders at $251.
UBET’s Gerard Daffy said while GWS had attracted the early money, the premiership defending Bulldogs and perennial finalists Sydney had seen more interest from punters.
“The money has dried up for GWS with the Western Bulldogs firming from their $15 opening price to attract a constant stream of bets since winning the 2016 flag, as have the Sydney Swans who were beaten in that final,” he said.
“Outside of the top three in the market, the popular sides are Hawthorn ($11), Geelong at the same price, and of the ‘roughies’, Port Adelaide ($21), Essendon and Collingwood (both $26).