Cheltenham punter agonising over £500,000 accumulator takes a partial cash-out

After ‘four hours’ sleep and a long 5am walk’, the lucky punter sitting on THAT viral £500,000 accumulator has opted to take a partial cash-out – meaning he is set to scoop at least £250,000 from his incredible £5 bet.

Paul Dean’s mammoth five-fold accumulator went viral on Wednesday after Bob Olinger clinched victory in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham, meaning he was just one race away from sealing over half a million pounds.

His Twitter post, from the handle @istabraq_king, left thousands waiting with bated breath to hear what he was going to do, and he kept people waiting overnight before finally revealing his decision.

Cheltenham punter Paul Dean has opted for a partial cash-out on his mammoth five-fold acca

Cheltenham punter Paul Dean has opted for a partial cash-out on his mammoth five-fold acca

Cheltenham punter Paul Dean has opted for a partial cash-out on his mammoth five-fold acca

If Envoi Allen reigns supreme in Marsh Novices Chase, he will scoop an incredible £322,000

If Envoi Allen reigns supreme in Marsh Novices Chase, he will scoop an incredible £322,000

If Envoi Allen reigns supreme in Marsh Novices Chase, he will scoop an incredible £322,000

The ridiculous £5 five-fold accumulator will now scoop Dean at least a quarter of a million

The ridiculous £5 five-fold accumulator will now scoop Dean at least a quarter of a million

The ridiculous £5 five-fold accumulator will now scoop Dean at least a quarter of a million

HOW PAUL BEAT THE BOOKIES

June 19, 2020: Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot: Golden Horde 

Paul’s accumulator odds: 12/1

Actual starting price: 5/1

June 20, 2020: Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot – Hello Youmzain 

Paul’s accumulator odds: 10/1

Actual starting price: 4/1

March 16: Arkle Chase at Cheltenham – Shishkin 

Paul’s accumulator odds: 4/1 

Actual starting price 4/9 fav

March 17: Ballymore Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham – Bob Olinger 

Paul’s accumulator odds: 25/1 

Actual starting price: 6/4 fav

March 18: Marsh Novices Chase at Cheltenham – Envoi Allen

Paul’s accumulator odds: 9/2 

Latest price: 4/9 fav 

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Posting early on Thursday morning, Dean said: ‘So after celebrations last night, 4 hours sleep, an hours walk at 5am I’ve decided to take a partial cash out offer of 300 Envoi / 250 the field. 

‘With other bets my position on the race is £322,000 Envoi or £250,000 the field. Thanks to @BetfairBarry @Betfair #ComeOnEnvoi!’

Dean’s decision means that he is guaranteed £250,000 if odds-on favourite Envoi Allen doesn’t win the 1:20 Marsh Novices Chase, whereas if Envoi comes through in first, his winnings will be an incredible £322,000.

Of course, that means he has opted against gambling on the race for his entire £510,000 accumulator, but there will be very few who can blame him for that. 

Before taking the partial cash-out offer from Betfair this morning, Dean spoke to Racing Post about his incredible bet.

‘I’ve had a good week so far,’ he noted. ‘I put it on at the beginning of June and I didn’t realise Betfair had a max £250,000 payout, but Barry Orr said they’ll honour the full bet, which is really good of them as I was gutted at first.

‘Initially, it was offering me a cash-out of £182,000 for that reason but they’ve offered me £275,000. I haven’t decided what to do yet.

‘The thing is, if I cash out I haven’t got Envoi to cheer on, whereas if I can get enough money together myself to lay part of it off so I’ve a good win anyway but I’ll win a lot more on Envoi, that’s what I’d ideally want as I want to be cheering him on.

‘Half the people are telling me to cash out, the other half are telling me to let it ride. My phone’s going absolutely wild. The fact Envoi had switched from Gordon [Elliott] was a concern, but Sir Gerhard and Galvin have changed stables and won, so that’s a bit less of a worry.’

The lucky punter then ‘celebrated’ last night, according to his Twitter post, before going on an hour-long walk at 5am to think about his decision, and then taking the partial cash-out.

His decision allows him to both rest easy during the race, but also cheer on odds-on favourite Envoi Allen with the chance of boosting his winnings even further. 

It has been a long time coming for Dean, whose first horse in the five-fold accumulator came in last June at Royal Ascot.

That was Golden Horde, winning the Commonwealth Cup at 12/1, before a day later, Hello Youmzain at 10/1 reigned supreme in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot.

And fast forward to this year’s Cheltenham Festival, he won with Shishkin at 4/1 in the Arkle Chase on the opening day on Tuesday before Bob Olinger (25/1) triumphed on Wednesday. 

Racing fans flocked to social media to wish their best to the punter following his initial post on Wednesday, with one user commented: ‘This chap isn’t sleeping a wink tonight! Good luck.’

Paul amusingly replied: ‘Will try my best’, alongside a picture of plenty of alcohol – presumably to calm the nerves.

He then posted a picture of himself holding a champagne bottle called ‘Bolinger’ – with the caption: ‘Celebrating the Bob Olinger victory while deciding what to do.’

He will certainly rest a lot easier on Thursday night, with his bank balance significantly boosted by what is surely one of the best bets of all-time. 

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