Archive for July, 2010

Printing money at Paddypower

Monday, July 12th, 2010

This blog has been neglected a lot of late. Basically, the months of January, February and March this year was just too much to stomach in terms of losses. We both still bet but independently again. Its no fun blogging when you are losing.

This world cup, Pod is well up. His strategy has been a lot better than mine. I lost quite a bit but it was all down to the Germany/ Spain result. I didn’t see that one coming at all. Got giddy and lumped on the Germans.

So for the final, I was looking round for a good bet and stumbled across Paddy Powers specials markets. They were doing a bet on which channel would get the most viewers.

With billions of people expected to tune in around the world for the World Cup final both the BBC and ITV will be battling it out to win their own match in the World Cup Final TV ratings.

And Paddy Power make the men at the Beeb the hot favourites to record more viewers than their ITV rivals with Gary Lineker’s team just 1/5 and Adrian Chiles’ crew the 3/1 outsiders.

To anyone living in Britain this is a no brainer of a bet. Check this blog post about a gift from Paddy Power. I lumped on this before the price dropped. Its actually the biggest bet I have ever had. I hit the bet max button and it came up with £414.75. £82.92 profit guaranteed.

So the Guardian publish the viewing numbers today,

“Average of 15.1 million viewers choose to watch BBC’s advertising-free coverage, compared with 3.3 million for ITV”

and I get paid out. I really can’t see how that bet could have gone wrong. Someone at Paddy Power must be kicking themselves now. I’ll keep an eye out on those specials in future in the hope of getting another gem like that.