Gambler Poised to Win $25,000 on All Blacks’ World Cup Misfortune


An astute gambler is verging on a potentially lucrative outcome, standing to pocket a cool $25,000 after wagering that the All Blacks would fail to navigate past the pool stage of the Rugby World Cup.

The bet was placed on Thursday with a stake of $250 on the All Blacks’ ill-fate, projecting odds of $101. However, New Zealand’s market value plummeted to $12 in the wake of their 27-13 demolition by France on Saturday.

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TAB’s head of betting, Nick Conway, holds no reservations that this wager would galvanize avid attention towards the ensuing Pool A matches. There exists an outside possibility, however marginalized, that the All Blacks may indeed falter at the threshold of the quarter-finals.

Italy currently presides at the summit of Pool A, boasting five points, courtesy of its sizable 52-8 triumph over Namibia which granted them a bonus point. Following closely in second is France, with four points. Uruguay, on the other hand, is yet to mark its initiation into the tournament. Subsisting at the pool’s nadir are the All Blacks and Namibia; the latter, however, incurring a larger plus-minus at -44, dwarfing the All Blacks -14.

In this tumultuous climate, bonus points could incite a substantial shift in favor of the Italians. Payouts at the World Cup encompass four points for a victory, two for a draw, with an additional bonus for teams scoring four or more tries, and one consolatory point for a close loss by seven or fewer points.

Exerting further pressure on the All Blacks, an Italian victory in their concluding pool showdown with France could precipitate their untimely departure. As an upshot, the Kiwis are left with no choice but to secure a compelling victory on their face-off on September 30.

The unfolding drama of the tournament so far witnessed the All Blacks’ first-ever pool round defeat in a World Cup opener, spawning a cautious betting climate across the TAB since the debacle at Stade de France.

In this aftermath, France has experienced a compression in odds from $4 to $3.50 to clinch the trophy. South Africa, too, has seen their odds contracted from $4.50 to $3.75 following an 18-3 win over Scotland. Conversely, New Zealand’s odds swelled from $3.50 to $4.50.

Conway confirmed that there haven’t been any sizeable bets on the outright winners’ market in recent days. Back in March, a $20,000 bet was placed on France at $3.25, while the All Blacks remained favorites from July through to early September, attracting one $10,000 bet and three $5000 bets.

Certainly, a victory for the All Blacks usually heralds a fruitful day for TAB punters, but France’ recent triumph saw a few proponents rewarded handsomely, with payouts totalling approximately $350,000 across primary betting markets.