Various 'he was robbed' stories...
Perhaps bookies are getting bored of leaking stories of individuals bagging a fortune from unlikely accumulator 'hits' (or perhaps they're just not being reported as much), but you have to feel sorry for the guy that had a 15 match accumulator but was denied a million pound payout by a single injury time goal:
Welsh Thugs, Gareth McAuley Rob Pensioners of Winnings | Gambling News : CalvinAyre.com
How gutted would you be? Mind you £31k goes a little way to making things better.
The anonymous punter had placed a £1, 15-match Football Jackpot accumulator with bookies Coral, and his blood pressure must have been reaching dangerous levels after 14 of the necessary matches went his way. Then West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley spoiled the party by heading the ball into the Fulham goal in injury time, giving West Brom the equalizer and giving the old man a head start on a massive ulcer. While the unnamed punter still earned nearly £31k for his near-perfect prognostication, it’s not a bloody million, is it?
Further on in the same article there's a mention of a punter that had his winnings adjusted down from £9k to just £1k because Coral made a mistake in giving him the wrong odds... sound familiar?
Incidentally, one for the sharbers... the first part of the article above also goes on about a poor old 77 year old that got robbed of £15k as he was counting his winnings in his local William Hill betting shop - a couple of scumbags took off with the £15k as he was about to leave the shop:
Coral were involved in another recent accumulator near-miss, and while the amount wasn’t anywhere near a million, the circumstances have left the punter a good deal more steamed. Bristol native Oshane Grant had wagered £100 on the likelihood of Argentina, France and Serbia each scoring three or more goals in their most recent World Cup qualifiers, and when each side performed as expected, the unemployed 42-year-old Grant was eager to collect his £9,250 winnings. That’s when Coral informed Grant their clerk had mistakenly offered him odds on the teams scoring four or more goals, and thus his winning wager was worth only £1.2k (the three-goal odds). A Coral spokesman said it sympathized with Grant’s dilemma, but that it had no intention of reversing its decision. That said, Coral said Grant had the right to contest their decision via the Independent Betting Adjudication Service, whose verdict Coral promised to observe.
A 77-year-old William Hill customer has been robbed of £15k in gambling winnings as he was preparing to leave a betting shop in Cardiff on Saturday morning. The elderly punter, who was said to be a regular customer of the Cowbridge Road East shop, had reportedly just finished counting up his winnings at the counter when two young men accosted him inside the shop and made off with the big bag o’ cash.
While a Hills spokesman told Wales Online that the firm was unable to comment on the situation while the police investigation was ongoing, he suggested that Hills would be “working with the Association of British Bookmakers to determine the right course of action,” which could include offering a reward for info leading to the thieves’ arrest. Not surprisingly, police said the elderly punter was “very distressed” by the incident.
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Unemployed and doing £100 wagers!!
Bristol native Oshane Grant had wagered £100 on the likelihood of Argentina, France and Serbia each scoring three or more goals in their most recent World Cup qualifiers, and when each side performed as expected, the unemployed 42-year-old Grant was eager to collect his £9,250 winnings.
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Why would anybody collect £15k on their own?! He must have pre-arranged pick-up anyway for that amount so surely could have gone with "support"? I get nervous when I collect £500.....
Originally Posted by munk
I can't help but feel sorry for the old man...
The other couple of incidents, well... you live and learn.
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