Paddy Power Taken to the Cleaners By Lucky Punter

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  • Paddy Power pays out €133,500 on a total stake of €30 only months after paying out more than £205,000.

Irish bookmaking giant Paddy Power has paid out €132,500 on a €30 bet less than three months after being stung for a colossal £205,182 on a £0.25 accumulator bet.

The lucky Irish punter placed an eight-team accumulator and a ten-team wager that banked him €88,000 and €44,500 after a fortunate run of results. Among the results that went his way were a two-goal comeback by Sampdoria to win 3-2 at home to AS Roma, a three-goal revival from Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach and a 90th minute equaliser in the Monaco vs Paris St. Germain game.

Both bets hinged on Crystal Palace winning away at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Jan. 31. Palace, known as The Eagles, were 13/5 outsiders and had only won two of their 11 fixtures when on the road. A convincing 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Scott Dann and Christian Benteke gave Palace all three points and secured a monster-sized payout for the fortunate sports bettor.

Paddy Power showed its generosity by awarding a “justice result” in the Barcelona vs Real Betis game which finished 1-1. The bookmaker awarded Barcelona a victory because the Spanish giants were denied a clear goal; the punter had backed Barcelona to win.

Speaking on the Paddy Power website, a spokesman said: “We wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d cashed out. There was a combined cash out total of €33k on the two accumulators and Palace hadn’t won away in nine games in all competitions. It would have been easy to take the money and run rather than rely on Big Sam Allardyce’s men. We put the question to our readers, and the majority urged him to cash out.

“It’s an incredible punt – with the perfect cocktail of skill, luck and Paddy’s generosity. You Beauty!”

Eight-team accumulator

FixtureSelectionOdds
Sampdoria vs RomaSampdoria3/1
PSG vs MonacoDraw11/4
Nancy vs BordeauxBordeaux9/5
Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting GijonBilbao
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach’Gladbach27/10
Bournemouth vs Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace13/5
Angers vs MetzAngers10/11
Toulouse vs Saint-EtienneSaint-Etienne21/10

Ten-team accumulator

FixtureSelectionOdds
Bournemouth vs Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace13/5
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach’Gladbach27/10
Angers vs MetzAngers10/11
Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting GijonBilbao
Villareal vs GranadaVillareal4/11
Werder Bremen vs Bayern MunichBayern Munich
Lazio vs ChievoChievo5/1
Torino vs AtalantaDraw2/1
Betis vs BarcelonaBarcelona2/9
PSG vs MonacoDraw11/4

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