Last night, following Real Madrid's extra-time victory over Manchester City in the Champion's League semi-final, I came across a number of people complaining about a certain bookmaker.
The furore was caused by Karim Benzema's extra-time goal which put Real 3-1 up on the night and 6-5 ahead on aggregate to book a place in the final.
Customers had gambled on Benzema to score 'anytime' in the game. However, as per the rules that have been known to me (and nearly every football punter over the years), all bets - unless clearly stated - apply to regulated play (90 minutes plus any additional time that is added for stoppage).
Extra-time, as well as penalties, don't count.
You know there's that saying 'Know the rules so you can break them'? Well.. how about 'Know the rules, so you know how you'll win (or lose)'?
Speaking of losing, my wager needed both teams to score in the second half (they did), over 2.5 goals in the match (it was 2-1 at full-time) and I needed Real Madrid to qualify.
The return would have been £100, but - per the rules I was aware of at the time I took the gamble - I knew I needed Real Madrid to qualify by winning by enough not to send the game into overtime.
You win some. You lose some.