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The 10k challenge: Turning £10 into £10,000 ready for the new Premier League season

by Josh Powell | May 29, 2013
HERE COMES THE MONEY: 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather are all over our £10 to £10k challenge

HERE COMES THE MONEY: 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather are all over our £10 to £10k challenge

Turning £10 into £10,000

The clock had barely ticked past the 23rd minute last night when Frank Lampard bundled home an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross to cancel out Shane Long’s opener. The scores were level at 1-1 and the 10k challenge was looking more miserable than Mark Lawrenson’s face.

One bet down and already there were whispers of deleting the blog post and brushing the whole sorry affair under the carpet. Fortunately however the under 2.5 goals clicked due to a combination of a disjointed second-half, Theo Walcott’s inability to finish his dinner let alone a goal-scoring chance, and both managers making decision that screamed draw. James Milner and Connor Salmon I’m looking at you.

So now we have £19.09 to play with and today we’re looking at round one of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin , Ohio.

Bet 2.

Memorial Tournament Round One 3 Balls
(tee-off around 6.15pm UK and Ireland time) 

Tiger Woods – 8/11

£19.09 stake returns £32.97

It would be impossible to look at this tournament without considering the reigning champ and five-time winner Tiger Woods. He’s enjoying life with smoking hot Lindsey Vonn (who wouldn’t?!) and he’s striking the ball as cleanly as ever. The circus that follows Woods from hole to hole will always have an effect on his group and this is why we’re backing him to win his round one three ball against Keegan Bradley and Fred Couples.

  • In two tournaments at Murfield Village Keegan Bradley has posted two round one scores of 76.
  • In his last five visits to Murfield Village Woods has scored 70, 72, 69, 70 and 69 in the opening round. Fred Couples has scored 74, 79, 70, 69 and 71.
  • Woods and Bradley have played together in seven tournaments in 2013. Woods has beaten him in the first round on five occasions, drawing once and getting beaten by two shots in the Honda Classic.
  • Fred Couples has missed the cut twice in the last four years at this event, finishing 50th and 46th on the other two visits to Murfield.
  • Tiger comes into this tournament in solid form having won three of the last four events he has been in, coming fourth in the other.

Dive in here for all the round one 3 ball odds and try to keep our £10 to £10k challenge on track


There are 1,921 hours (ish) until the new Premier League season begins and in Power Tower the excitement is already starting to build. Rumours of new transfers and pre-season hype are bubbling into a dangerous gambling concoction where you suddenly believe Liverpool are genuine title contenders and Crystal Palace can stay up at the expense of West Brom. After a season where the bank balance took a serious hit thanks to some shock results, it’s a summer of rebuilding finances for the new Premier League season and the chance to take on a serious challenge.

The £10 to £10k gauntlet has been thrown down and The Paddy Power Blog team will happily take up the challenge. We’ve seen many tipsters crumble on Twitter trying to spin £10 into £10,000 but we are not dismayed. What is more worrying is our inability to tip winners, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.

By our calculations it should only take about 11 bets of around evens to turn a crumpled £10 note found in a pocket of a pair of jeans in the bottom of the wardrobe, into £10k. Starting off with a tenner we’re going to place a bet and if we’re lucky enough to get any returns we put the whole lot on to the next bet, and try to spin it up to £10,000.

Of course, it could go tits up and we lose straight away, but that kind of negative attitude never leads to fun stories.

Bet 1.

International friendly: England v Ireland

Under 2.5 goals – 10/11

£10 stake returns £19.09

Touching this minefield of an International friendly is probably bordering on crazy. Not the kind of crazy where you chose Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes over Frosties in the morning, but more the eating a bowl of cereal while surfing down a volcano on an oven tray wearing just a pair of Paddy Power Lucky Pants. Gambling insanity, but here are the facts we’re basing it on.

  • 10 of the 13 head-to-heads between England and Ireland have featured fewer than 2.5 goals including seven of the last eight games.
  • 63 per cent of Giovanni Trapattoni’s games in charge of Ireland against teams ranked in FIFA’s top 20 have had under 2.5 goals.
  • There have been less than 2.5 goals in 63 per cent of Roy Hodgson’s games against sides ranked 39th or higher by FIFA.
  • Since the start of 2011 England have played eight internationals at Wembley, with five of them featuring less than 2.5 goals.
  • 71 per cent of Ireland’s away games since the start of 2010 have had under 2.5 goals.

Head over here for all the betting on tonight’s game and try to get our £10 to £10k challenge off to a winning start


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