Wed, Nov 16, 5:13pm by Jake Equid
Sportsbet didn’t waste any time as news broke that the AFL was awarding the 2012 Brownlow Medal to Richmond’s Trent Cotchin and Hawthorn’s (now West Coast’s) Sam Mitchell. The online bookmaker making good on over $1 million worth of bets.
The medal was originally won by Essendon’s Jobe Watson who polled 30 votes but the 31-year-old handed his medal back on Friday following his involvement in the supplements program that plagued the club the same year.
The investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority led to 34 of Essendon’s players who participated in the program being banned for 12 months.
Mitchell and Trent Cotchin who polled 26 votes to finish joint runners-up in the AFL’s top individual honour, are now the joint Brownlow Medallists.
The result means that 2012 was a highly successful one for Richmond in terms of individual honours with Cotchin joining Jack Riewoldt who won the Coleman Medal after kicking 65 goals.
Amazingly, after both of those individual honours and defeating both Grand Finalists, Sydney (Round Seven) and Hawthorn (Round Nine) the Tigers still finished four games outside the finals.
Sam Mitchell can now add the Brownlow to his four Premiership medals and no one can begrudge him of this medal after four top four finishes. He finished fourth in 2007, third in 2015 and runner up in both 2011 and 2012 – which is now his first win.
The midfielder’s 220 votes have him in third place overall on the most Brownlow votes of all-time list and he also holds the record for the most games polled in (104), one ahead of Garry Ablett Junior (103) and former record holder, Robert Harvey (101).
Sportsbet have paid the winnings out as bonus bets, with the bookie announcing that they paid out just over one million dollars to customers who backed the pair four years ago.
Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen said “Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell are the winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal so why wouldn’t you pay out on them as winners? We feel it’s the right thing to do.”
The exact total of the payout is $1.07 million that went into the accounts of 10,751 people as a result of the AFL’s announcement.
Several other online agencies have also paid out on Mitchell and Cotchin’s victory.
2012 Brownlow Payout details:
– Total amount paid out: $1.07 million
– Total customers receiving payout: 10,751
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