British bookmakers, online casino and poker room William Hill have found 2008’s unluckiest gambler after trawling through the millions of bets wagered at their site and chain of UK shops.
Paul Greenwood, 52, from Barnsley, UK, was revealed as the unluckiest gambler of 2008. He made his usual £10 on an accumulator, betting on a series of 14 football matches with cumulative odds of 79,500-1. He had initially included Manchester United in this bet but at the last minute decided to switch to Arsenal.
His first 13 selections won their games as he had predicted. So too did Manchester United, meaning that if he had stuck with them he would have been £795k richer. Nevermind, all Arsenal had to do was beat Aston Villa – they failed to do so. To make up for this disastrous bit of luck, William Hill have given Paul a £1,000 free bet.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: 'Against a great deal of competition from punters beaten by a short-head or a fall in horse races, we have declared Paul officially the unluckiest punter in the UK. I would think our customers will be desperate to know what Paul places his free bet on, so they can avoid it!'
OCN believes Paul is probably not an Arsenal fan after that little episode.