Many would regard a €2,327 win on a Correct Score Pick 6 as a fantastic result. However, one Colossus player will be ruing their hastiness to Cash Out a ticket that could have been worth much, much more.
With the international break in full flow, the €1,000,000 Correct Score Pick 6 pool featured six Euro 2020 qualifiers and, playing €0.20 lines for a potential €100,000 jackpot, they got off to a good start when Scotland edged a 2-1 victory over Cyprus.
Next up was Belgium’s visit to Saint Petersburg to face Russia. The Belgians are among the favourites for Euro 2020 and, as such, the player had opted for Any Other Away, a result that required Roberto Martinez’ men to win whilst scoring four or more goals.
A first half Eden Hazard double as well as a goal from his brother, Thorgan, gave Belgium a 3-0 lead at half-time. In the second half another former Chelsea star, Romelu Lukaku, added a fourth and, despite a late Russian consolation, the ticket had two from two.
Israel hosted Poland in the third leg and the player had opted for a 1-2 or 1-3 victory for the away side.
Poland take the lead in the fourth minute, the only goal of the first half. At the break a Cash Out offer of €179 arrived and, deciding to lock in a profit, the player cashed out 50% for €89.
The Poles scored again after the break to hold up their end of the deal but the player desperately needed Israel to pull one back. The clock was ticking but, with time running out, Sevilla midfielder Munas Dabbur scored for Israel. It finished 1-2 and three winning legs were on the board!
The ticket continued on Sunday afternoon, when Serbia and Ukraine met in Belgrade. Seemingly confident that the match would culminate in a draw, the player picked 0-0, 1-1 and Any Other Draw, meaning that any draw would do.
Dusan Tadic gave the Serbs the lead before Ukraine levelled in the 32nd minute. Serbia went ahead again in the second half and, as the match entered stoppage time, it seemed unlikely that Ukraine would find th equaliser needed to keep the ticket alive. However, miraculously, in the 93rd minute Dynamo Kiev’s Artem Besiedin popped up to make it 2-2.
The last minute rescue meant four perfect legs on the ticket and a new, sizeable Cash Out offer. Sure enough, the player was awarded a tantilising €2,237 offer for the remaining 50% of the ticket.
Having pondered the decision and with time running out, the player took the money and ran. €2,327 was locked in and they could relax!
The trick to a truly great Cash Out is timing. Perfect timing means selling the ticket at its highest possible value. Yet, for that to happen, you need the following leg to lose!
Having picked England to beat Kosovo by AOA, the player was cheering against England. Any result other than England winning and scoring four would suffice, yet they had averaged 4.7 a game until that point in qualification. Having already qualified, would England take their foot off the gas?
Harry Winks put England ahead in the 32nd minute but forty minutes later that remained the only goal. Had the player made a perfectly timed Cash Out? Not if Harry Kane had anything to do with it.
Kane had scored in every qualifying game until that point and had an opportunity to become the first player ever to score in every qualifying game in a European Championship campaign, a feat that he achieved in the 79th minute when netting England’s second.
However, with 11 minutes to go, they would still need to score twice they would still need two goals for the AOA scoreline to occur. Alarm bells were rining four minute later though, when Marcus Rashford scored the third, eroding the player’s one goal cushion. Could Kosovo hang on?
The ticket had been happily saved by late goals in each of the previous two legs but the player would curse that trend continuing when Mason Mount scored goal number four in the 91st minute.
The Cash Out decision had been a bad one. With five winning legs on the ticket, just one remained on the Monday night. To avoid a bad Cash Out becoming a disastrous Cash Out, the Republic of Ireland and Denmark would need to play out any result other than 0-0 or 1-1. At half-time though, things were bleak.
Neither side had broken the deadlock and, if the player had decided against their second Cash Out, they would have received an offer of €33,500. Even worse than that, the offer would have been €67,000 if they had resisted cashing out entirely. It was a disaster.
Martin Braithwaite offered the faintest hint of a consolation when he scored for Denmark in the 73rd minute but, 12 minutes later, the worst possible scenario became reality. Wolves’ right back Matt Doherty scored an equaliser and the match finished 1-1. The ticket had won.
If the player hadn’t cashed out, easier said than done, they would have pocketed an astonishing €100,000. Hopefully rather than dwelling on the missed win, they will enjoy the €2,327 they did win, which is still a very tidy profit!