Politics By Graham Sharpe

Biggest Ever Political Bet Just Got Bigger

GAMBLER BETS £600,000 ON SCOTTISH REFERENDUM

A WILLIAM HILL customer has gambled £600,000 on a NO vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

After staking a record politIcal bet amount of £400,000 on NO in June, 2014, when the odds were 1/4, he has returned to the same Hill's branch in Surrey and added an extra £200,000 to his wager, this time at odds of 1/6.

The two bets together mean he has staked £600,000 and will collect £733,333 should the Scots reject Independence in the Referendum next month. (£400,000 @1/ 4 returns £500,000; £200,000 at 1/6 returns £233,333)

The middle aged businessman is not a Scot, and does not have a vote in the Referendum.

'As the odds about a No vote had lengthened in the run-in to the recent tv debate in anticipation of a mind-changing performance by Alex Salmond, only for Alastair Darling to outshine him, it seems probable that the customer decided that now was the best moment to get the longest odds available, so he added fifty per cent to what was already a record-busting bet.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL HAVE NOW CUT THE ODDS FOR A NO VOTE TO 1/8 FROM 1/6, WITH YES OUT TO 9/2 FROM 7/2.

And Hills are also now quoting odds of 4/1 that Alex Salmond will stand down as First Minister before the next Scottish Elections in May, 2016.

**Hill's latest odds for which currency Scotland will use if they do become independent: 1/ 2 Sterling; 3/1 Euro; 5/1 Own New Currency; 25/1 Any Other Currency.