Australia's richest man cleaned up from Australia's most famous horse race when he made a last-minute plunge on Might and Power, the winner.
Michael Eskander, a bookmaker who was reported to have lost A$500,000 on three bets laid by Mr Packer, said: "I've never seen anything like it in 20 years. I reckon he's destroyed at least seven bookmakers today. Take my worst day ever as a bookmaker and multiply it by two, and the Cup was worse."
Bill Graham, another bookmaker, said: "I laid the horse to lose $500,000 and then again to lose $450,000."
Mr Packer was not the only cause of the bookies' woes. A big plunge by others on Might and Power shortly before the race started also helped rob them of what is normally one of their most profitable days.
Million-dollar bets are par for the course for Mr Packer, one of the world's biggest gamblers. According to Paul Barry, author of an unauthorised biography of the tycoon: "In London there are now only three or four casinos that can handle him, such are the amounts that he demands to bet in."
Surviving bookies may yet get their revenge: Mr Packer is said to have lost as much as he has won over the years.Reuse content