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Our Big Brother 4 Betting Activity from 2003

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Here's how well we did with our bets during Big Brother 4

By placing the bets detailed below, we cleared a profit of £415 during BB4, which is certainly not to be sniffed at. However, we also placed some additional bets that we didn't want to detail on the Big Brother Online site during the series. Why? Because there's no way we wanted to be responsible for encouraging people to bet substantial amounts of money that they couldn't really afford to lose.

Like the bet we placed on Tania Do Nascimento to be evicted at the really early odds of 1/10. Absolutely certain that she would go, we staked several thousand pounds just to win a profit of £300. But what if she'd walked? Well, we'd possibly have lost our stake.... hmm, in hindsight that was a slightly crazy bet, and the bookies thought we were nuts at the time!

Another example is the £2200 we staked on a 'Male Winner' half-way through BB4, to win £488 profit when Cameron Stout won the series - not a bad result. Frankly, a male winner looked likely for ages, but then again we could easily have lost the bet and been totally gutted. But that's gambling for 'ya; you take a risk and you either win or lose! We hope that you won during Big Brother 4.

Overall Result: won £1408, lost £205, making for a Total Net Profit during Big Brother 4 of £1203.

Sunday 13th July 2003
We didn't bother betting in the week that Lisa Jeynes left because her odds were very low, even before the nominees had been announced. However, the weekend after her eviction we tried to predict who the next bunch of nominees would be, and at odds of 9/4 we staked £30 on Steph Coldicott becoming the 9th evictee. However, as a side-bet we also placed £20 on Nush Nowak at 6/1, mainly because her odds were so good. We knew that we couldn't win both bets and we lost our stake on Steph when she wasn't announced as a nominee. However, Nush was one of the two nominees and got the boot at the 9th eviction, returning us £160.  Result: £140 profit + £30 loss = net profit of £110.

Sunday 29th June 2003
On the Sunday before the nominees for the 7th Eviction were even announced, we backed Gos Gosal be 'Next to Go' because such speculative bets are the way to make a decent profit due to the better odds. Our decision was based partly on gut feeling in respect of how his peers were feeling towards him, but also taking into account public opinion Polls. We staked £20 at odds of 3/1, meaning we returned £80 when Gos left the house on the following Friday.  Result: £60 profit.

Tuesday 24th June 2003
Just after the nominees were announced for the 6th Eviction we backed Tania Do Nascimento to go next. The odds were a low 1/6 so we placed 2 x £100 stakes on her, meaning we returned just over £233 when she got the chop on the Friday night.  Result: £33 profit.

Wednesday 18th June 2003
In light of the impending double eviction, we decided to back Scouser Scott Turner to win the series because he was quite a steady player and we thought he could go all the way. With a £25 stake at odds of 11/4, we stood to return almost £94 if Scott had gone-on to win Big Brother 4. However, he didn't.  Result: £25 loss.

Wednesday 18th June 2003
Just after the nominations were announced we backed obnoxious Scotsman Federico Martone to become the 4th evictee, with 2 x £100 stakes at odds of 4/9. This returned us 2 x almost £145, making for a profit of almost £90. However, we'd also backed Cam to become the 5th evictee with a £100 stake at identical odds. This was the double eviction night when it was expected that Fed followed by Cam would go. However, Jon controversially got evicted, meaning we lost our £100 stake on Cameron. Oops! We should have taken our own advice to less confident punters, which was to just back Federico to go.  Result: £90 profit + £100 loss = net loss of £10.

Thursday 12th June 2003
On the day before the 3rd Eviction, opinion was all over the place as-to who would go next. However, we decided to take a gamble and back Sissy Rooney to be the next to go. At odds of 2/7 we staked £200, returning us £257 when she got the old heave-ho from Big Bro on the Friday.  Result: £57 profit.

Tuesday 10th of June 2003
On Day 19 of the game we backed chef Gos Gosal to win Big Brother 4. With a £15 each-way bet at odds of 6/1, we stood to return over £140 if successful; if Gos had made it to the Final 3 but didn't actually win we would have seen a return of around £37, just about covering our stake of £30. In hindsight, it may have been better to just go for it and place a straight £25 'To Win' bet, returning a potential £175, or a straight £30 'To Win' bet, returning a possible £210. Then again, in hindsight it would have been better not to have placed the bet at all, as the big man got booted-out at the 7th Eviction!  Result: £30 Loss.

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Friday 6th of June 2003
On the day of the 2nd Eviction we backed Justine Sellman to leave rather than Jon. At very low odds of 1/6, we had to stake £240 to make it worthwhile, but were reasonably sure that she'd go and it turned-out to be an easy profit. It was still quite a gamble though, given that polls indicated a 45/55 split in public opinion.  Result: £40 profit.

Monday 2nd June 2003
For our second bet of the series we backed the very eccentric Jon Tickle to Win, mainly because he survived against Anouska and looked likely to become a bit of a cult figure. We staked £10 each-way at odds of 12/1 (twelve to one), which would have returned us £170 if Jon had gone all the way, and £40 if he'd made it to the Final 3 but didn't actually win. However, he was controversially and surprisingly booted-out in Week 4, when everyone expected it to be Cameron.  Result: £20 loss.

Monday, 26th May 2003
For our first bet of the series we backed Cameron Stout to become the Overall Winner of Big Brother 4. We originally fancied Gos, but went for Cam because early feedback from fans was good. We placed a £40 bet (£20 each way) at odds of 8/1, which returned us £240 when Cam won the series almost 2 months later. We would have returned £60 if he'd just come in the Final 3.  Result: £200 profit.

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