Sports betting firms endure a hellish weekend

TAGs: Bodog, football, Sky Bet, Soccer, sports betting, William Hill

Betting slipsSports betting firms were left counting the cost of a heavy weekend after a number of books reported records falling. Sky Bet had its worst day ever after losing out big time on this weekend’s football. Virtually all favorites on Saturday’s games succeeded in taking the online bookmaker to the cleaners with a generous 7/1 accumulator coming in. It was contingent on Man City, Southampton, Charlton and Southend all winning as part of the “What if the table toppers triumph” multi-bet.

Sky Bet’s Head of Football Trading Sandro Di Michele said: “Pretty much everything that could of gone wrong for us today did, with the ‘What If’market just one of our enhanced accumulators to have come in.

“You know it’s a bad day when you’re relying on Manchester United and Barcelona losing to turn things around, but we hardly made things easy for ourselves by picking out back-to-back winning accumulators for the punters in our ‘What If’ specials.”

It also came as an enhanced 50/1 accumulator of Charlton, MK Dons, Huddersfield and both Sheffield sides paid out and one punter made £45,000 off a £5 15-team multiple. Sky Bet…your boys took one hell of a beating.

William Hill had just as tough a time and it was all down to one man winning what is thought to be the biggest accumulator ever. Going into yesterday afternoon’s clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, it was more than squeaky bum time for one punter. It was more like squeaky whole body time as the last of 19 results on a 683,738/1 accumulator looked to be slipping away as the game edged towards a 1-1 stalemate. Glen Johnson had other ideas and his goal meant that the €1 stake netted him €683,738. Graham Sharpe, spokesperson for William Hill, said: “We cannot recall any punter winning either this much on an accumulator, or landing such stratospheric odds – even though he wasn’t a Liverpool fan before, he tells us he is now!”

Football punters were already celebrating the biggest winning weekend in living memory as all the best fancied teams in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two, Blue Square, SPL and William Hill Scottish Cup turned out be winners.”

Bodog didn’t escape the clutches of the football bettors with Lance Cornwell telling us that they endured “shocking results all across Europe” with Bayern Munich losing the only positive one.

We should probably amend our earlier statement to say: sports betting…your boys took one hell of a beating.


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