Sometimes joking around can mean that you are going to have to dip into your pockets. Cleaner Martin Palk joked during the Cheltenham Festival that he would take his best mates to Las Vegas if he won big on the horses. He is having to fulfil on that promise after scooping £168,751 at Betfred.
Palk placed a £1 each way Lucky 31 bet, picking five winners at the Cheltenham Festival including Penhill in the Stayers’ Hurdle feature race.
With the final selection being Missed Approach in the 5.30, Palk didn’t really think that he had a chance of winning, and so joked with his friends that if that final leg came up then he’d take them all on a holiday to Las Vegas.
Martin, aged 55 said: “It was a bit of banter, but I’m a man of my word, so the Magnificent Seven are off to the Strip. It will cost me £10,000, and I’ve told them they could bring their own spending money.”
Palk would have won £112,819 after beating odds of 68,000/1 on his five horses Shattered Love, Delta Work, Penhill, The Storyteller and Missed Approach on a series of singles, doubles, trebles, fourfolds and a five-fold accumulator.
But Betfred were running a Cheltenham promotion special and that landed Palk a boost of 50% which equated to a £56,000-plus bonus so he pocketed a total of £168,751.
Fred said: “He wasn’t the only one who went as white as a sheet after this remarkable bet won. Well played to cleaning company entrepreneur Martin, and it just shows where there’s muck there’s brass.”
Palk had started work early at 5 am at his cleaning job before giving himself the afternoon off to watch the racing from the Cheltenham Festival. After the first four winners, he and his friends all gathered in a Betfred store to watch the final race. He went for Sheltered Love in the 1.30 at 5/1, Delta Work at 9/1 in the 2.10, Penhill at 12/1 in the 3.30 feature race, The Storyteller at 7/1 in the 4.10 and Missed Approach at 10/1 in the 5.30 race.
Users of the Betfred mobile app will start to see now new content in it. The bookmaker has partnered up with the Racing Post to provide an innovative package of digital football content.
The app delivers a wide range of football markets alongside the Racing Post football data, which will contain match verdicts, key stats and the last team form among other things. The content will cover 28 worldwide leagues and competition.
Another of the features are predicted team lineups and those will have integrated goalscorer markets, giving customers a seamless betting experience directly from the line-up page. There will also be analysis and tips deliver through the app now as well, created by Racing Post’s football experts.
Lewis McMillan, Head of Digital Sportsbook at Betfred, said, “We’re delighted to have launched Racing Post’s industry-leading football data package on our mobile product. Delivering the best possible betting experience to our customer base is absolutely vital, and the data-rich football content now being delivered directly to their fingertips is a huge step in the right direction.”
Eugene Delaney, B2B Director at Racing Post, said, “We’re really excited to partner with a brand like Betfred to launch a product that gives punters access to vital stats and verdicts to help them make an informed football bet. With access to our expert content, combined with a slick betting journey, Betfred really has created a product that really engages the football betting audience.”
A punter at Betfred produced a stunning acca win recently. Truck driver Anthony Croston from Wigan correctly predicted the results of 11 matches from across England and Scotland. It was a bold btt and it boiled down to a fantastic finish with one his selections, Wycombe, producing a late, late show at home over Carlisle in League Two.
The bet was pretty much going out of the window with the Chairboys trailing 2-3 at home at the 90-minute mark. However, Wycombe, who have boasted immense scoring power in League Two this season kept plugging away, despite being a man down in the game, managed to score twice in stoppage time to turn the game around and keep Croston’s bet alive.
The father of five, a slurry truck driver, beat the odds of 2,120/1 joked: “You could say where there’s muck there’s brass.”
Other sections in the winning bet were Manchester United to beat Huddersfield at odds of 1/6 and Bournemouth to beat Stoke at evens. His Championship selections were predictions that Millwall would beat Reading (2/1), Preston would triumph at home against Hull (6/5) and that Fulham would beat Nottingham Forest (4/5).
He also correctly predicted Notts County would beat Crewe at 4/5, Scunthorpe to emerge victorious over Fleetwood (7/4) and Yeovil to overcome Cambridge United also at odds of 7/4. From Scotland, there were selections of Aberdeen beating Hamilton (8/15) and Hearts winning at home against St Johnstone at 5/6.
That would have been some high tension waiting on that result from Adams Park to come in. Wycombe were already down to ten men after Luke O’Nien was sent off and they were 250/1 in play to back to go on and win the fixture late in the game. But an equaliser three minutes into stoppage time was followed up by Marcus Bean volleying the winner in the 96th minute!
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Well done Anthony on savouring the sweet smell of success. Enjoy your holiday, the racing and boxing. I’m chuffed to bits you’re having a good time on me.”
Ahead of the Championship’s Steel City derby on Friday night as Sheffield United played host to rivals Sheffield Wednesday, a Blades fan took a huge gamble on an out of form horse called Steel City to land a massive win. The ten-year-old runner was going off as an underdog, without a win in four years.
But still, Blades fan Colin Jacobs decided to back him as part of a £30 wager at bookmaker Betfred.
Steel City was one of four selections backed in the bet, starting with I Just Know in the 2.35 at Catterick, Zayfire Aramis in the 2.50 at Leicester, Mr Antolini at Leicester in the 3.25 – and finally Steel City in the 3.45 back at Catterick.
The gamble won Jacobs nearly £30, 000. There were odds of 8,000/1 on the bet that punter beat to land a sum of £29, 138 and it was all on outsider Steel City at the end of the day, who was ridden by Will Kennedy and trained by Mick Easterby, as he came home first by half a length.
62-year-old Blades fan Jacobs, who is a railway signaller, said: “I pick my horses based on who trains them but with Steel City, I had read somewhere and it was in the back of my mind that if he lost some weight he would do well.
“I have not been able to celebrate since I won on Thursday because I have been working.”
Betfred boss Fred Done said: “I have had my pocket picked big time by a very crafty Colin.
“He has done remarkably well and has got the new year off to a flyer.”
Betfred have joined Paddy Power in paying out early on Manchester City winning the Premier League title this season. That was after the Citizens took a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on the weekend against rivals United. The payout by Betfred will have hurt owner Fred Done who is an unabashed Red Devils fan.
“It’s a sad day but as far as I’m concerned the Blues are champions,” said the Betfred boss after seeing his side lose at home against the Citizens on the weekend in the Manchester derby. It will have been with a heavy heart when, at the final whistlem, he settled bets backing City to win the league title.
Done added: “This is painful both for the heart and the wallet but after winning at Old Trafford there is no way no one is closing that 11 point gap. This hurts but the Blues look unstoppable so I’m giving the punters who backed them an early Christmas present.”
The early payout from Betfred is expected to cost them around £800,000 and one of those receiving a payment is a punter who had backed the Citizens at 2/1 with a stake of £40,000 to win the league title. Back in 1989 Done paid out on Manchester United to win the league when they were 11 points clear of Arsenal, but it bit the bookmaker as the Gunners fought back to nick the league by a point.
That though was with just the ten games remaining for the season but this payout on City comes with 22 games remaining. In 2012 Done was hurt again as he paid out early on United again to win the league title, but then that iconic dramatic late action at the Etihad saw Man City win the title on goal difference after Sergio Aguero netted an injury time winner for the Citizens. The most recent occasion before this season’s payout was in 2016 when late into the season, he paid out in April on Leicester winning the title, the Foxes going on to lift the Premier League title for the first time so the bookmaker avoided a double payout that season on the Premier League title.
It’s good to the right thing apparently as a construction worker named Colin Banks found out recently. He was out with his daughter and spotted £30 in cash sticking out of an ATM. Instead of just running off with the free money, he graciously turned it over to a store employee and in doing so he received a huge return of Karma.
Less than an hour later, Banks was £50,000 richer after he had turned a £1.50 on a virtual horse bet into a huge windfall. Was this the universe paying things forward? Instead of picking the cash, he was honest enough to give it back to try and return it to its rightful owner instead of just using it to get a wager down.
Instead, he used his own money to play a Lucky 15 on Virtual Racing with Betfred and he picked out horses with odds at 28-1, 20-1, 50-1 and 11-1. The odds of all four coming in was a 372,000-1 longshot and with them all doing so, the 50-year-old collected his karma victory.
Fred Done, owner of BetFred said it was the largest win he’s ever heard of and told the Daily Record that Christmas had come early.
“Congratulations on emptying my pocket so quickly with such a tiny stake,” he said. “This was one of the biggest virtual horse racing wins in our 50-year history.”