Best Cash Outs At Major Tournaments
Best Cash Outs At Major Sporting Tournaments
“Cash out” is an exciting option that allows you to exit an open bet before the game has ended. If your bet is on course to win, but you fear your team could suffer a late capitulation, you can hit “cash out” and lock in a guaranteed profit. These are some of the best times to have cashed out at major tournaments in recent history:
Orsic Leads Croatia Comeback
Croatia looked dead and buried with five minutes left on the clock in their Round of 16 clash with Spain at the Euros this summer. They had taken a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Pedri own-goal, but goals from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres handed the Spaniards a commanding 3-1 lead. The time to hit the “cash out” button was the 84th minute, as Mislav Orsic then pulled one back for Croatia. Deep into injury time, Atalanta star Mario Pasalic hit a last gasp-equaliser, busting any bets on Spain to win.
Luis Enrique’s men went on to win in extra-time, but that was inconsequential for anyone that bet on Spain to prevail, as bets are settled after regulation time. Later that evening, an almost identical situation unfolded in Bucharest. France were 3-1 up against Switzerland in another Round of 16 game, but Haris Seferovic scored in the 82nd minute and Mario Gavranovic made it 3-3 right at the death. Switzerland went on to win on penalties, capping a remarkable comeback against the reigning world champions.
Henley Falls Away
Russell Henley was a 200/1 outsider to win the US Open earlier this year. The American had never finished higher than T11 at a major, and he was winless in more than four years on the PGA Tour. Yet Henley made a flying start to proceedings at Torrey Pines. After the first round, he was tied for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen. Anyone expecting Henley to fall away the next day was disappointed, as he continued to impress, and he shared the lead with another unlikely contender – Englishman Richard Bland, a 500/1 underdog before the tournament began – after 36 holes.
That would have been an opportune moment to cash out bets on Henley and Bland. An even better time to cash out on Henley winning the tournament was at the end of the third round, when he still shared the lead, this time with Oosthuizen and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes. Henley then shot a five-over round of 76 to finish T13, six shots behind eventual winner Jon Rahm.
Zverev Blows Lead in the US Open
A magnificent five-set win against Pablo Carreno Busta saw fifth seed Alexander Zverev clinch a place in the US Open final. He came up against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is more of a clay court specialist, and many fans expected the German sensation to join the ranks of Grand Slam winners. Everything was going according to plan, as he won the first set 6-2 and the second set 6-4. That was the time to cash out.
Thiem roared back in the third, winning it 6-4. Zverev was notably jittery when serving towards the end of that set, and anyone that seized the opportunity to cash out then would have been thankful for the opportunity. The nerves continued to rattle in the fourth for Zverev, and Thiem served to love to wrap up the fourth set. By this point, the Austrian had all the momentum, but the fifth set was very tight. Zverev was two points away from glory, but he butchered a volley to keep Thiem in the match. Two sensational winners from the Austrian made it 5-5, and it eventually went into a tiebreak, which Thiem won 8-6, busting any bets on Zverev winning the US Open.
Super Bowl LI
Perhaps the most astonishing comeback in recent years was seen at Super Bowl LI, when the New England Patriots overhauled a 28-3 deficit to emerge victorious. The Atlanta Falcons scored three consecutive touchdowns to open up a 21-3 lead at half-time. That would have been a great time to cash out. The Falcons scored another touchdown in the third quarter, as Matt Ryan ended an 85-yard drive with a TD pass to running-back Tevin Coleman.
With just 8:31 left in the quarter, that would have been an even better time to cash out. The Pats would have been well aware that no team had ever come back from being more than 10 points down in Super Bowl history, let alone 25. But cometh the hour, cometh the man. Tom Brady delivered a virtuoso performance to drive his team to victory. He threw a record 466 yards and landed a record 43 completions.
Super Bowl LIV
Three years later, the Kansas City Chiefs completed another epic comeback to clinch Super Bowl glory. The Chiefs were 10 points down, and facing the best defence in the league, but a masterclass from Patrick Mahomes saw them rally to secure a 31-20 win. It was the third straight game in which the Chiefs had come from at least 10 points behind to win. Anyone hitting “cash out” on Kansas City’s playoff opponents would have been highly relieved.
Sensational Comeback in Sacramento
The Sacramento Kings trailed the Minnesota Timberwolves by 27 points in the third quarter of an astonishing game last year. That would have been a marvellous time to hit the “cash out” button. An even better time would have been when they were 17 points down with just 2:49 left of the fourth quarter. No team had ever overcome a 17-point deficit in the final 3 minutes.
Yet the Kings pulled it off. De’Aaron Fox scored 22 points for Sacramento, putting in the rebound of an intentionally missed shot to cap off a 33-11 run in the final 5:42 of regulation time. Andrew Wiggins managed 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on the night, but the star of the show was the ice-cold Buddy Hield. He scored a career-high 42 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter on 6-of-6 shooting.