Leicester: How Bookies Were Bashed


LEICESTER’S Premier League title triumph is the first 5000-1 single landed in bookmaking history.

William Hill‘s  previous longest-odds payouts were at 2500-1 to grandfather Pete Edwards who won £125,000 by backing grandson Harry Wilson to play football for Wales and 1000-1 to David Threlfall who, in 1969, won £10,000 by betting that man would walk on the moon before 1970.

Leicester are now 25-1 with William Hill to retain the title next season but just 16-1 to be relegated!

  • William Hill are paying out over £3m on Leicester’s title triumph.
  • They have made a £2.2m loss on the EPL – 10 times their previous worst result.
  • The firm took just 25 bets at 5000-1 – 13 were in the shops and 12 online.
  • Biggest bet at 5000-1 was £20 from a retail customer in Manchester. One Hill’s client staked £75 on Leicester when they were 1500-1 and collects £112,500.
  • The smallest bet at 5000-1 was 5p (returns £250) and was placed by a female customer in Edinburgh.
  • William Hill’s biggest individual winner is a customer from Guildford in Surrey who placed £75 at 1500-1 to win £112,500.
  • One Leicester fan Leigh Herbert has been taunting William Hill on Twitter all season. He placed £5 at 5000-1 in early August – he has since cashed out £2 (£5680 return) and his remaining £3 will win a further £15,000.

How Leicester’s odds changed through the season

5000-1 – pre-season.

2500-1 – September 5 (international break after four matches – two wins and two draws.

5000-1 – October  3 (they beat Norwich away but comfortable win for City over Newcastle saw them drift in the betting as City became 4-6 faves).

1000-1 – October 17 (draw against Southampton).

750-1 – October 24 (win v Crystal Palace).

500-1 – October 31 (win at WBA).

200-1 – November  7 (win v Watford at home).

100-1 – November 22 (day after win vs Newcastle away).

50-1 – November 28 (draw v Manchester United).

33-1 – December 5 (win v Swansea away).

20-1 – December 14 (win v Chelsea home).

12-1 – December  27 (day after loss to Liverpool away).

25-1 – January 2 (drew with City (h) on 29th and then drew with Bournemouth home.

10-1 – January 14 (day after win over Tottenham away).

8-1 – January 24 (Leicester won on 23rd (h) to Stoke, Manchester City drew on 23rd v West Ham, Arsenal lost on 24th to Chelsea).

9-2 – February 2 (win v Liverpool).

7-4  – February 6 (win v Manchester City away – title favourites for first time).

6-4 – February 14 (loss v Arsenal (a) but City lose (h) to Spurs).

1-1 – March 14 (Manchester City draw (12th) v Norwich (a), Spurs win (13th) (a) v Villa, Leicester win v Newcastle (h) (14th).

8-15 – March 19 (win v Palace).

1-3 – April 3 (win v Southampton).

1-6 – April 10 (win v Sunderland, Spurs win v Manchester United).

1-4 – April 17 (draw v West Ham).

4-9 – April 18 – (Spurs win v Stoke).

1-6 – April 24 – (win v Swansea).


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