As Japan is still attempting to recover from a crushing earthquake and tsunami last month, the online gambling industry is pulling out all the stops.
Victor Chandler has become the latest company to lend a hand to the earthquake and tsunami appeal. The company has promised to donate all losing stakes on this weekend’s US Masters that are placed on Japanese player Ryo Ishikawa.
It concerns the following markets:
• Outright market – 250/1
• Top Asian – 8/1
• First Round Leader – 159/1
• Top Ten Finish – 18/1
• Top Previous Non Major Winner – 100/1
• Top five finish 5/1.
Victor Chandler spokesperson Charlie McCann said, “It was leading sports journalist Ian McGarry who initially approached me this morning in lieu of the wonderful gesture made by Ryo Ishikawa in which he is donating all his 2011 golf earnings to the appeal. If punters wish to bet on the brilliant young Japanese golfer at Augusta this week they know that, if they lose, their stake will be donated to the appeal by Victor Chandler”.
Victor Chandler also stated that in addition to however much money they end up gaining from losing bets they would be donating a minimum of £100 per Ishikawa birdie and £250 for any eagle that the player manages.
In terms of the tournament itself we’ll have a full preview for you later in the week but a quick look at the odds suggest that Augusta stalwart Tiger Woods could be in with a chance.
The former World number one golfer is at 12/1 with Victor Chandler, Phil Mickelson the favorite at 6/1, with a chasing pack of Lee Westwood (16/1), Nick Watney (16/1), and Martin Kaymer (22/1).