Tuesday 13 December 2011

Mistake Nets Punter 38K

Lucky punter ended up winning over £38,000 on a football accumulator bet despite picking the wrong match by mistake.
The unnamed punter from Northern Ireland placed £50 on an 11-match accumulator of matches from around Europe but thought he had lost when he saw one of his selections, Benfica, lost 1-0 to Maritimo in the Portuguese Cup.
However, he had actually selected Benfica to win a league game between the two sides the following week by mistake, and when Benfica went on to win that rematch 1-0, the punter had scored an unlikely windfall of £38,058.71.
"The customer placed the bet on the evening of 1st December, all for fixtures last weekend (3rd & 4th December)," explained Charlie McCann of Victor Chandler.
"We were surprised to see that ten of the predictions made over the weekend were correct, but there was one outstanding game for Sunday night (11th), Benfica against Maritimo in the Liga Sagres.
"We thought this was unusual and looked back to see who Benfica played on the previous weekend and it was Maritimo but in the Portugese Cup which they lost 2-1.
"We contacted the punter to let him know what we considered to be his lucky mistake and he confirmed that he thought the bet was placed for the Cup game last weekend, and not for Sunday's league game.
"His intended selection lost but by happy accident, he ended up winning £38,000 - better to be a lucky punter than a good one perhaps."