Football By Graham Sharpe

Leicester Record Breaking Bookie Busters


LEICESTER'S Premier League title triumph is the first 5000/1 single ever landed in bookmaking history, say bookmakers William Hill, whose previous longest-odds payouts were at 2500/1 to grandfather Pete Edwards who won £125,000 by backing grandson Harry Wilson to play football for Wales, and 1000/1 to David Threlfall who, in 1969, won £10,000 by betting that man would walk on the moon before 1970.

'Leicester's 5000/1 victory has smashed all bookmaking records and in the process cost us a £2.2m loss – our worst individual day's result on a single sport since Frankie Dettori rode all seven winners at Ascot in September 1996 and cost us over £8m and the industry £50m.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Leicester are now 25/1 with William Hill to retain the title next season......but just 16/1 to be relegated!

Leicester The Facts:

  • William Hill are paying out over £3m
  • William Hill have made a £2.2m loss on EPL – Ten times their previous worst result
  • William Hill took just 25 bets at 5000/1 – Thirteen were in the shops and twelve online
  • The largest bet at 5000/1 was £20 from a retail customer in Manchester
  • One Hill's client staked £75 on Leicester when they were 1500/1 and collects £112,500.
  • The smallest bet at 5000/1 was 5p (returns £250) and was placed by a female customer in Edinburgh
  • William Hill estimate that the bookmaking industry has lost over £15m with over £10m worth of losses
  • William Hill’s biggest individual winner is a customer from Guildford in Surrey who placed £75 at 1500/1 –£112,500
  • The biggest odds that have ever been paid out on before by William Hill is 2500/1 to Peter Edwards who backed his 18 month old grandchild to play for the Wales in 1999. His grandson, Harry Wilson, made his international debut in 2013.
  • Leicester are 25/1 to win the Premier League in 2016/17 and 100/1 to win the Champions League.
  • One Leicester fan, Leigh Herbert has been taunting William Hill on twitter all season. He placed £5 at 5000/1 in Early August – he has since cashed out £2 (£5,680 return) and his remaining three pounds will win a further £15,000 – contact details available.

How Leicester’s odds have changed through the season:

5000/1 – Pre-season

2500/1 – 5th September (international break after four matches two wins (SUN, WHU) and two draws (BOU, TOT)

5000/1 – 3rd October (They beat Norwich away but comfortable win for City over Newcastle saw them drift in the betting as City became 4/6 favs)

1000/1 – 17th October (draw against Southampton (a))

750/1 – 24th October (win vs Crystal Palace (h))

500/1 – 31st October (win vs WBA (a))

200/1 – 7th November (win vs Watford (h))

100/1 – 22nd November (day after win vs Newcastle (a))

50/1 – 28th November (drew vs Manchester United (h))

33/1 – 5th December (win vs Swansea (a))

20/1 – 14th December (win vs Chelsea (h))

12/1 – 27th December (day after loss to Liverpool (a))

25/1 – 2nd January (drew with City (h) on 29th and then drew with Bournemouth (h))

10/1 – 14th January (day after win over Tottenham (a))

8/1 – 24th January (Leicester won on 23rd (h) to Stoke, Manchester City drew on 23rd vs WHU, Arsenal lost on 24th (h) to Chelsea)

9/2 – 2nd February (win vs Liverpool (h))

7/4 – 6th February (win vs Manchester City (a)) – FIRST TIME THEY BECAME FAVOURITES FOR THE TITLE

6/4 – 14th February (loss vs Arsenal (a) but City lose (h) to Spurs)

Evens – 14th March (Manchester City draw (12th) vs Norwich (a), Spurs win (13th) (a) vs Villa, Leicester win vs Newcastle (h) (14th))

8/15 – 19th March – (win vs Palace (a))

1/3 – 3rd April – (win vs Southampton (h))

1/6 – 10th April – (win vs Sunderland (h), Spurs win vs Manchester United (h))

1/4 – 17th April – (draw vs West Ham (h))

4/9 – 18th April – (Spurs win vs Stoke (a))

1/6 – 24th April – (win vs Swansea (h))

1/20 – 25th April – (Spurs draw vs WBA (h))