LONDON, November 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Sky Bet were left licking their wounds after enduring the worst day in their sports betting history as virtually all of the favourites prevailed from Saturday's football action.
A week after the online bookmaker saw their 'What If' accumulator of England, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales come in at 60/1, the 'What if the table toppers triumph' paid out to thousands at 7/1 with Manchester City, Southampton, Charlton and Southend all winning.
That added to an expensive afternoon when short-priced Premier League favourites Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all claimed victories, with an enhanced 50/1 accumulator of Charlton, MK Dons, Huddersfield, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday also paying out, while one lucky punter made £45k off a £5 15-team multiple.
Sky Bet's Head of Football Trading Sandro Di Michele said: "Pretty much everything that could of gone wrong for us today did, with the 'What If' market just one of our enhanced accumulators to have come in.
"You know it's a bad day when you're relying on Manchester United and Barcelona losing to turn things around, but we hardly made things easy for ourselves by picking out back-to-back winning accumulators for the punters in our 'What If' specials."
With favourites prevailing, there was little movement in the Premier League outright betting with unbeaten Manchester City the 4/5 favourites and Manchester United 15/8 after overcoming Swansea, while Arsenal have been trimmed to 25/1 following a fifth straight win.
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