|In Britain a 34 year old man has won £332,000 thanks to Greece’s victory over Portugal in the Euro 2004 final. The man placed the bet in a branch of William Hill, starting at £4000 when Greece were still long shots to win. The bet then increased to £25,000 during the tournament, and spokesperson for William Hill Graham Sharpe has classified the final win as “one of the biggest winning bets in football betting history”.|
The lucky punter was originally thinking of betting on England then changed his mind to instead place his money on underdog team Greece. William Hill took a total of £60 million worth of bets during the tournament, through its branches as well as its phone and internet betting facilities. In total £350 million was wagered on the outcome of Euro 2004 making it the biggest ever sports betting tournament. The competition also saw a sharp rise in internet bets placed from around the world, sparking renewed debates on the illegal status of online gambling in areas around the world, particularly in Asia Pacific regions.