Reigning tipping champion Dan Volaric credits a mixture of football knowledge and gut feel for his $50,000 victory last season.
Volaric said while tipping the home team or choosing the club that was ranked higher on the ladder remained sound tactics, it was crucial to listen to your gut.
“Late in the season, Richmond got belted by GWS and copped it in the media all week,” the West Coast supporter recalled.
“They were playing Collingwood the next week and 20 minutes before the game I swapped my tip and went for Richmond. That night, gut feel changed everything.”
Tipsters can sign up now at thegame.com.au and it is free to enter. There are three games to play on the one site with Tipping joined by Draft Fantasy and Pick 7.
There’s over $150,000 in prizes to be won, with the leading tipster again taking home $50,000 in addition to $1000 going to the top tipper every round. You can also win a Mazda BT-50 XTR worth more than $55,000 by playing any of the three games and watching Seven News on Wednesday nights.
Volaric never imagined footy tipping would lead to him attending NFL and NBA games in America.
He couldn’t have thought it would have helped him to complete his dream of travelling through Europe to visit his father’s homeland in Slovenia either.
But he has made the most of his $50,000 prize from 2016.
The father-of-three has also put money aside for his children – Adam, 20, Sarah, 18 and Matt 14.
He said last season’s win had changed his life.
“It was amazing. I got to do things I’d always wanted to do. It was fantastic,” he said.
Volaric tipped 154 winners which left him tied in the lead after the final round. That led to the tie-breaker with the winner determined by how close the two leaders were when predicting the winning margins for the opening game of each round.
Volaric won that battle by just three points.
He trailed heading into the final round but tipped West Coast to beat Adelaide in South Australia and Fremantle to upset the Western Bulldogs.
Volaric revealed a chance meeting with Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett in a Wembley park the previous weekend had been the catalyst for his decision.
He ignored Nisbett’s optimism for West Coast’s chances against Hawthorn the previous week and decided he should tip the Eagles against the odds against the Crows.
“I thought the Hawthorn game was the $50,000. I thought it was make-or-break,” he said.
“Based on form, I thought Hawthorn was the better team. Trevor Nisbett was confident but I thought he had to say that. Sitting through that game was the worst experience and I thought I’d blown it. But the following week, I knew I had to get that first game and I decided to go for West Coast. It changed everything.”