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    Warriors' success has punters emptying their pockets


    Last updated 15:27, June 13 2018


    David Fusitua's nose for the try line has seen him become a popular betting option.

    Win, lose or draw, the Warriors' faithful fans have always bet big on their team, and this season has seen a record number of punts returned.

    The TAB's total turnover over the first 13 Warriors' matches this season was $5.5 million - a 22 per cent increase on this time last year, when the figure was $4.5m.

    The largest single return to a customer was $30,000 from a brave $20,000 bet on the Warriors to beat the West Tigers in round 9, a game they comfortably won 26-4.

    That was placed on the head-to-head market at odds of $1.50.

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    In recent seasons the only thing consistent about the Warriors was inconsistency, and so fans refrained somewhat from opening their wallets.

    However with the club's historic winning start to the 2018 season (five in a row to start the year), which now has them sitting fourth on the competition ladder, the die-hards are back behind their side - some even backing them to go all the way.

    "We have seen some significant investment on the Warriors continuing their success, with three large $10,000 bets on them to make the playoffs and three $1000 bets on them to win the NRL," a TAB spokeswoman said.

    "The turnover on each match has been increasing as they go on winning streaks which makes sense as, in general, when the Warriors win, customers win."

    While head-to-head betting remained the most popular among fans, more experienced punters were cashing in on the try-scoring specialist, David Fusitu'a.

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    "A lot more people are backing David Fusitu'a to score the first try and we have been offering specials around this play for our customers to back," she said.

    Fusitu'a sits atop the competition's leading try-scorer ladder with 15 - three clear of his nearest competitors.

    The Warriors are $1.75 favourites for Friday night's clash against the Cowboys in Townsville, despite having lost 11 of their past 12 games at 1300SMILES Stadium.

    - Stuff

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