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Competition: Win a €/£50+ Free Bet with some educated guessing

by Rob Dore | May 17, 2013

=================THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED=================

Thanks for playing if you played and if you didn’t, well I bet you’re sorry now. Or else just living your life with complete indifference.

It was the first version of our brand spanking new competition and I’m proud to say it wasn’t a total disaster, making it more successful than about 98% of the competitions I’ve run on the Paddy Power Blog. If you’re too lazy to read further down the page, I gave you five bets over the the weekend that were mangled by my dodgy ‘FREE SPEECH TO TEXT’ app (oh why didn’t I got premium?!) and your job was to decipher in quite specific detail what those bets were.

So without further ado, here are the answers:


Not the app’s worst attempt: Jonjo Shelvey to score anytime versus QPR

I have no idea where the Switzerland bit came from, but the bet was: Tottenham Hotspur to beat Sunderland 3-0

Somehow ‘Santi Cazorla’ became ‘Something such as I’d like’ which means the bet was: Wincast – Santi Cazorla to score at any time and Arsenal to win against Newcastle

This one kind of made a bit of sense, if you had the time and dedication to say it to yourself for about half an hour:
Aljamaheer to win the Lockinge Stakes

This was frankly quite mental and made more mental with the auto-censoring of the word ‘farting’. In actual fact I said,
Sitiveni Sivivatu to be First Tryscorer in the Clermont Auvergne v Toulon H-Cup final.

I thought they were pretty tough and I’d be lucky if anyone got all five right, but you took that pessimistic view and shoved it right in my pipe and sat there while I smoked it. We got lots of dedicated people who clearly have extensive experience of dodgy Speech to Text software, which meant I had to dust down my Hat of Mystery. The name drawn out of that hat belong to Eddie Horan and he wins a Free €61 Bet for being both skillful and luckier than everyone else who proved themselves to be as skillful as him.

Well done Eddie, bad luck/deciphering everyone else. There’ll be more competition fun later in the week.


Born in the cankerous imagination of my colleague Aidan, we bring you the opportunity to win a €/£50+ free bet by trying to decipher some app created nonsense.

Joyous, or at least as joyous as he’s capable of getting, at watching his bet on Branislav Ivanovic to score last in the Europa League final coming good, Aidan wanted to commit further genius betting ideas to something more reliable than his alcohol-soaked memory.

As he waited on the barman to finish pouring another round of Jaeger bombs, the phone came out and his all new, super accurate Speech-to-Text app was employed. All one is required to do is talk in to your phone and the app will convert your face noises in to bonafide, readable words. Simple. Why would anyone ever go to the effort of typing or writing anything ever again?

This is why:


Either the creators of the app still have some bugs to work out or Aidan lied about how coherent he was at the time. Your job is to try to decipher these garbled bet ideas. We’ll tell you what sport each bet is on and you have to tell us the exact selection Aidan wanted to record.

Bet 1: Football
Bet 2: Football
Bet 3: Football
Bet 4: Horse Racing
Bet 5: Rugby Union

Every time this competition gets shared on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn we’ll add an extra euro/pound to the total. That should boost the fund rather substantially and you might win that prize, so you should definitely do it.

The winner will be whoever gets the most correct answers right (it pretty much needs to be the whole answer, not just bits of it to be right). In the event we get more than one person tied on the same number of correct answers, the winner shall be drawn from Aidan’s hat of mystery.

Get your answers in before 10am on Monday, May 20, and Aidan will announce the winner soon after.

Send your answer to with the subject line ‘I’m not sure if this is a rash or something more sinister’. The inclusion or exclusion of a subject line will make absolutely no difference to your entry.

You can use the comments section for begging for clues or general observations on life, but NO ANSWERS please. If you want to contact Aidan, you can do so using the Twitter machine where he’s @PaddyPowerAidan.

– Customers must be over the age of 18, have a valid account and remember the time when Home Alone was found in the ‘new releases’ section on your local VHS rental shop.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.
– Paddy Power decision is final and moaning will be gleefully ridiculed in public.







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