Paddy Power Pay Out on Fan’s Bet on Ireland Winning the World CupTuesday, Sep 19, 2017 10:33
Paddy Power have said that they’re rewarding ‘ridiculous optimism’ by paying out on a punter’s bet on Ireland winning next year’s world cup in Russia, a whole 10 months before the final is due to be played! Following Ireland’s disappointing home defeat to Serbia on September 5th, it’s looking increasingly likely that Martin O’Neil’s side won’t be making the trip to Russia for the tournament which kicks off on June 14th. However, the 1-0 defeat did little to dampen the spirits of one very optimistic fan who after the game place a €3 bet on ‘The Boys Green’ lifting football’s top prize in Moscow next summer. As always Paddy Power have opted to see the funny side of things and have decided to pay out on the bet early before a ball has even been kicked!
A Mountain to Climb
Following Ireland’s 1-0 defeat at home to Serbia Martin O’Neil’s team now lie in third place in their qualifying group behind leaders Serbia and second-placed Wales. To be in with a chance of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup the team will need to win their two remaining games in Group D, first at home to Moldova on October 6th and then away to Wales in Cardiff three days later, October 9th. Even if they do win both games they are still not guaranteed a place at the tournament with the best 8th placed second teams in the European Qualification reaching the play-off round. After the game, O’Neil described his team's mission to qualify as “a mountain to climb”. Paddy Power currently has Ireland at 6/1 to qualify for the tournament and 1/14 to miss out on the competition.
Agony to Ecstasy
Your team has just lost a crucial qualifier and your dreams of going to a World Cup lie in tatters, you’re disappointed, heartbroken, angry, despondent; it’s safe to say that these were the overriding emotions amongst Irish fans as they filled out of the Aviva Stadium on September 6th. But amongst them was one die-hard who was encouraged by what he saw and hopeful for the future. That’s why at 1:30am the following morning he took a punt on his team not only qualifying for next year’s World Cup but winning it. The punter’s refusal to be discouraged by reality paid off big time when Paddy Power decide to pay up on his bet.
Optimism Pays Off
Paddy Power were so overcome with emotion when they heard about the Carlow man’s optimism and faith in his team that they elected to pay up on his wager making him €450 richer. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said; “The mood in the country certainly wasn’t one of optimism after last night’s result so we can’t but admire the stones on this lad. Given the timing of the bet, he may have been drowning his sorrows but feel as though his ridiculous optimism can’t go unrewarded and have decided to pay the man his money”.