Comedian Arthur Smith Beats Online Casino Odds for Vitalise
By Jon Young
Comedian and playwright Arthur Smith has audaciously bet his way to victory in the Guardian newspaper’s ‘Celebrity Punts’ competition, raising over £650 for national disability charity Vitalise.

Bookmakers and online casino operator Ladbrokes, who ran the competition in conjunction with the Guardian, generously doubled Arthur’s winnings and presented Vitalise with a grand total of £1,322.

Starting the competition with a losing bet - eight sendings off in the Premiership that weekend - Arthur, who is one of Vitalise’s Vice Presidents, finally emerged victorious thanks to audacious betting, including backing Italy to win the World Cup on penalties.

“I am delighted to be king of the tipsters. My trick was to disregard all matters of form and logic in order to create a context of ignorance. From this zen condition I followed my instincts and sometimes they came up at ten to one,” Arthur mused.

David Williams, spokesman for Ladbrokes said: “If Arthur's ever short of work, he'd be welcome to join us at Ladbrokes as one of our traders - we've got the utmost respect for his tipping skills. We're thrilled to be able to write the cheque to Vitalise - a fantastic charity and a worthy winner.”

On whether Smith would take up Ladbrokes’ offer, there was no news.

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