EVEN cold-hearted bookmakers grimaced when Michael Barlow broke his leg minutes before the end of the Dockers’ match against Port Adelaide, despite knowing the injury was going to save them a Brownlow Medal payout of close to a $1 million.

TAB Sportsbet’s Gary Davies said its Barlow Brownlow liability was the most of any player at $490,000 as he firmed from odds of $1001 to $9 second favourite.

“There were punters from the outset who specked him, but in recent weeks he kept firming on the back of his brilliant form,” Davies said.

Some punters had him going for spectacular results.

A TAB Sportsbet punter had $50 on him at $1001 and another had $300 on him at $101. A Betstar punter had $1000 on him at at $26.

One Eskander’s Betstar punter on Thursday even had $1500 on him at $9.

A total of $150,000 of Brownlow bets on Barlow had been matched on Betfair, with the first bet matched at $220 at the beginning of the season.

Sportsbet.com.au has decided to refund all bets on Barlow.

“He’s had an amazing season and the least we can do is refund their bets after the cruel end to his season,” sportsbet.com.au’s Haydn Lane said.

Betstar’s Alan Eskander said on his estimates, Barlow had polled 12 votes and was running a clear second going into Round 14.

FOR the first time this season, Gary Ablett has been joined – and in one market headed – as Brownlow favourite by Hawthorn’s Luke Hodge.

On Betfair markets, Hodge is outright favourite at $4.50 and Ablett at $4.60.

Sportingbet has made Hodge equal favourite, with Ablett at $4.

“During the Hawks’ winning streak we estimate he would have three or four best-on-grounds,” Sportingbet’s Bill Richmond said.

Ablett has drifted from $2.50 in recent weeks.

The most hopeful Brownlow bet for the week was the punter who placed $300 on Jack Trengrove at $251 with TAB Sportsbet.

THE big firmer in premiership betting after the completion of Round 14 was Hawthorn.

The Hawks are into $10 with sportsbet.com.au after being $13 going into the round.

One Sportingbet punter is hoping the run continues as he placed $100 on the Hawks at $101 before they played Richmond in Round 8.

Collingwood has firmed into $5 with almost all betting outlets on the back of its winning streak.

SYDNEY’S Daniel Hanneberry’s grip on the 2010 Rising Star award firmed with another impressive display yesterday.

Betstar has him a $3.50 favourite over the Melbourne pair of Tom Scully at $3.75 and Jack Trengrove at $4.50.

West Coast’s Nic Naitanui, who was $1.50 favourite after Round 5, is out to $5. He has also blown out in Brownlow betting from $51 to $501.

THERE was a flurry of late bets on the Richmond-Sydney game, with some punters thinking it was money for jam on the Swans.

When the Swans were 33 points up in the third quarter a Sportingbet punter placed $1000 on the Swans at $1.03.

At three-quarter time a TAB Sportsbet punter placed $20,000 on the Swans at $1.15.

A Betstar client went the other way and placed $1000 on Richmond at $4.40.

JACK Riewoldt is outright favourite for the Coleman Medal for the first time, after firming from $3 to $2.75 with TAB Sportsbet.

Western Bulldogs spearhead Barry Hall is second favourite at $3.

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