The Bank of England have announced that the £50 will get a facelift and Paddy Power have opened a market on whose face is likely to appear on the note. The early market leader is Stephen Hawking at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm).
9/1 Stephen Hawking
10/1 Mary Seacole
12/1 Edith Cavell
16/1 Margaret Thatcher
20/1 Richard Attenborough
20/1 William Blake
22/1 Beatrix Potter
33/1 Princess Diana
33/1 David Bowie
500/1 Gareth Southgate
500/1 Harry Maguire
* (betting odds taken from Paddy Power on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm)
Hawking, a famed theoretical physicist, died earlier this year in March and could well be honoured. But there have been a lot of calls for a woman to appear on the new note.
British-Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole is a very popular selection and has been backed well in the market at 10/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm).
The other leading woman is former PM Margaret Thatcher at 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm). There has actually been a petition raised to get Thatcher on the note.
Author Jane Austen was the first woman to appear on a new banknote (other than the Queen) after a campaign to get a woman represented in the currency. Steam engine pioneers James Watt and Matthew Boulton appear on the current £50, issued in 2011.
After a bit of a frenzy on social media after the announcement, Paddy Power put a 500/1 price on current England boss Gareth Southgate appearing* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm).
It is the stuff that dreams are made of. A punter turned their €1 Lucky 15 into a whopping €100k this week on Tuesday evening. The bet was struck at Paddy Power on horse racing action.
The first leg was Sfumato in the 15.40 at Catterick who came home at a big 9/1 price. It was then a wait for the action from Newcastle were Consequences (16/1), Burford Brown (9/2) and Glengarry who rounded off the full house at as a staggering 66/1 odds winner in the final race of the evening.
So the entire each way wager certainly didn’t rely on any strong favourites to come through the field. It was a pretty astonishing feat of betting landing all of those winners at big odds right from the get-go.
What did that mean for the winner? A pretty satisfying return of €112,908.
Paddy Power Betfair were rocked with some bad news this week. They were hit with a loss of £250m from the value of the FTSE 100 which was all down to newly released Irish Government plans to double the betting duties in the country.
The Irish turnover tax is set to go up from 1pc to 2pc in the new changes and this applies to both retail and online bets from new year. There will also be an increase from 15pc to 25pc on gambling exchanges as well.
There has been a big fear that the huge rise in tax responsibilities will go a long way to “kill the industry”.
Paddy Power Betfair are the largest of the Irish operators and they have estimated that under the new tax regime, their annual betting duty bill will go up by a staggering £20m which sparked the drop in their shares by 5pc.
Other major players like Ladbrokes Coral, GVC and William Hill have nowhere near as large of a footprint in Ireland so won’t be as heavily affected.
The Irish Bookmakers Association Chairman Sharon Byrne said it will “kill the industry”, adding: “It is extremely disappointing that the Government conceded to this demand by politicians who never engaged with the industry or understood the profound effect a turnover tax can have on so many jobs.”
The IBA also warned that the announcement by Finance minister Paschal Donohoe “just signed P45s for over 1,500 jobs in the independent bookmaking sector”.
A punter at Paddy Power had a dream day over the weekend, as they landed a tremendous acca return. The punter went out and defied odds of 1,065/1 to earn themselves a return of over £10,000.
The bet was a mammoth 12-fold acca on both teams to score. The matches were from across the top four tiers of English football. It all started off with Burnley v Huddersfield and Leicester v Everton from the Premier League.
Usually, bets of this magnitude have some late drama in them to secure the win. This punter made it all look easy though as when Rotherham netted a consolation goal thirteen minutes from time against Birmingham in their Championship duel.
That sealed the £10,660 win for the punter, from Norfolk. Along with the two Premier League and two Championship predictions, the punter had selected four League 1 matches and four League 2 matches.
There was a stunning seven-fold acca success by a punter at Paddy Power on the weekend. This was all from Saturday’s action and with the first six legs having been successfully completed everything was left riding on Saturday evenings clash between Milan and Swansea from the English tiers.
The punter had played a Both Teams To Score acca with earlier Championship games of Brentford v Nottingham Forest, Hull v Derby, Sheffield United v Aston Villa having all returned, along with as League One’s Southend v Charlton, Cheltenham v Colchester plus Oldham v Crawley in League Two.
Swansea had gone down to ten men at The Den after just five minutes which lowered their chances of getting on the board. It was Millwall who got the opener though against the depleted Swans and really should have closed out the game.
For the punter it was a good job that the Lions did not shut up shop as Swansea sub Kyle Naughton got them an equalizer and completed the punter’s bet. Swansea actually fought back to win the game to land a £16,000 return, not that the win had any bearing on the bet by then.
A Dublin punter defied big odds last week at Bookmaker Boylesports as they cashed in on a horse racing accumulator and Lucky 15 to walk off with a nice chunk of money. The punter had selected a €0.70 Lucky 15 and a €1 each-way accumulator on the same four horses, from meets at Chelmsford and Carlisle.
Monsieur Jimmy (6/1), Majboor (6/1) and Northern Powerhouse (7/1) powered home to fill the first three legs of the bet from Thursday, August 30th and that left everything riding on Flint Hill who was a 9/2 shot when selected but ended up on the drift as a 7/1 price to start. He completed his win by a half a length at Carlisle to complete the bet.
The accumulator returned €5,304.34 and the Lucky 15 paid €6,322.86, meaning the punter’s account was better off to the tune of €11,627.20 by the time the bet was settled.
Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for Boylesports said: “The four winners across Chelmsford and Carlisle only spanned an hour and a half and we can only pay tribute to the customer for picking them out so well.
“Their final selection wasn’t a popular horse in the market before the off and we thought we were safe, but they knew better and we congratulate them on a stunning afternoon’s work.”