FA Cup Accumulator Bet Leaves Mystery Punter Within Whisper Of Becoming Millionaire From £10 Stake

Chris Wright

26th, January 2015

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By Chris Wright

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers - Anfield

Betfair have announced that they are still attempting to track down one of their punters who came within the width of a gnat’s nadgers of waking up a millionaire on Sunday following the previous evening’s FA Cup fun and frolics.

Having slapped £10 on a brave and bold five-fold accumulator, the punter in question was sitting on a potential return of £1,000,064 by the time Liverpool and Bolton kicked-off at 5:30pm, only to end the night with nowt.

The bet in full:

3pm: Manchester City v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Win
12/1

3pm: Cardiff v Reading
Reading Win and BTTS (Both Teams To Score)
4/1

3pm: Spurs v Leicester
Leicester Win and BTTS
11/2

3pm: Southampton v Crystal Palace
Palace Win and BTTS
11/1

5.30: Liverpool v Bolton
Bolton Win and BTTS
20/1

As you can see, the mystery punter’s first four legs all came in and, with both Liverpool and Bolton failing to score by the 70th minute of their game, Betfair offered the guy a handsome take-it-or-leave “cash out” offer of £15,000.

The company’s traders even attempted to contact the punter directly to discuss his options but, after phone calls and a Twitter head-hunt proved fruitless, the accumulator was just left to dwindle away to nothing.

However, in recognition of the excitement the bet had given them, Betfair have offered to award the chap four free £1,000 bets (one for each successful leg of his wager) as well as VIP tickets to this year’s FA Cup Final because, and we quote, they are “nice like that“!

It should come as no surprise that they have not been able to contact the ever elusive punter to formally offer him his consolation prize – presumably because he’s currently indisposed, nursing one holy hell of a hangover.

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3 Comments

  1. bob says:

    Hmmm… I’m not sure if I believe Betfair tried desperately to call him, they don’t seem to care too much about their customers (then again, I’m sure they would want him to take £15k rather than risk losing a million). On the very rare occasions all my bets are going my way the “cashout” option always gets magically suspended for long periods of time and only starts to work again when I’ve got no chance of winning the full bet. Gutted to be that bloke though.

  2. Per says:

    I would literally jump off a bridge.

  3. bob says:

    When it comes to betfair, it wouldn’t surprise me if hidden deep in the terms and conditions is the stipulation that “any customer who wins six or seven figures can only claim the winnings as a series of ‘free £5 bets’ to be used on the betfair platform”.

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