BOOKIES have admitted Saturday's football results gave punters their “biggest winning day ever”.
Nearly all the major favourites across the English and Scottish divisions won and it's aways that were particularly good for punters.
I hope I played my part by offering up a series of winners, including my five to follow and both teams to score tips.
Coral spokesman Simon Clare said: “On the weekend coupon there were 11 football teams playing away from home that were favourites to win their matches, including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham, Charlton and Celtic, and only one, Swindon, failed to land the odds.
“Make no mistake this is the biggest winning day for football punters in the history of betting. We are facing a sizeable seven-figure payout and all bookmakers across Britain and even further afield will be in exactly the same boat.
“In many ways we are a victim of our own success. Football betting has exploded over the last 10 years so while we have undoubtedly seen a similar pattern of bad results in the past they didn't cause anywhere near the financial battering we experienced this time.
“Football turnover has been absolutely booming of late, flying in the face of the gloomy economic backdrop, and the one small consolation for us is that most of this monster payout is to the hundreds of thousands of regular customers who visit our shops every week and who will be back next week for more.”
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe told me: “Saturday's football results were so predictable for punters they enjoyed their best ever day in the eternal battle with ‘the old enemy'.
“If Heineken ever created football results for football punters these would have been the ones. They are the culmination of a run of results during the month which have been as wallet-warming for football punters as the unseasonably mild November weather.
“In the Premier League almost every punter was on Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal to win; the top two in the Championship, Southampton and West Ham both won; the top five in both League One and League Two all won, as did the top two in the Blue Square Premier.
“It made for a perfect storm of results which have cost us a significant seven-figure sum on a day when no bookmaker can have escaped a record payout.
“It is football betting's equivalent of racing's Dettori day in 1996 when Frankie rode all seven winners at Ascot, costing the industry almost £50million.”
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We've been cleaned out. Football punters enjoyed one of their best days ever on Saturday and we're still not sure the full extent of the cost.
“From Premier League favourites right down to Scottish Cup first-round games virtually every fancied team did the business. Christmas has definitely come early for thousands of punters.”
It certainly did for mrfixitstips followers and I'll be hoping for several more days like it.
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