Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Bookies Are Always Favourite

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Bookies Are Always Favourite

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

It makes me laugh when I read of punters winning fortunes in betting shops because of all the restrictions placed upon them. Such as the story of the Liverpool high street customer who won pounds 500,000 from Ladbrokes less than a year after collecting pounds 150,000 in the same office.

Congratulations to that punter who scooped pounds 533,316.85 for combining five winners in pounds 100 each way trebles, four-timers and an accumulator.

However, it doesn't ring true to me. I can't understand how that backer succeeded in staking pounds 3,200 without the staff ringing the alarm bells in head office. Perhaps he is one of those who gambles in large amounts on a regular basis in the same shop and is regarded as a mug punter, long term. Well, he's probably had the last laugh.

On the other side of the coin, I can understand one irate punter ( and there are many others ( who also read about the Scouser's windfall in bewilderment because he had been knocked back by another major bookmaker when trying to beat the odds.

He rang me to relay the story of how he went to Newcastle city centre last Saturday to have pounds 50 each way on Ungaro at 10-1 with Coral who were offering the biggest odds on the horse for the Sandown hurdle in their early prices. They didn't refuse the bet completely but would only accept pounds 25 each way which is a joke really when you consider the size of their nationwide operation. No doubt they were covered by notices around the building informing punters of the maximum allowed for the early birds.

All those guarantees about laying a horse at the advertised price until a certain time mean absolutely nothing if they are not prepared to take a reasonable wager. And pounds 50 each way should pale into insignificance. A drop in the ocean, you might well say.

No doubt the influence of Pricewise in the Racing Post, who selected Ungaro, had something to do with it. …

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