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Steven Gerrard goal sparks Paddy Power’s ONE MILLIONTH bet refund for 2013

by Sean Goff | October 16, 2013

Money-Back Specials | One millionth customer refunded

Paddy was warned. We told him repeatedly that his Money-Back Specials were not the way bookmakers operate.

Why not be more like Ladbrokes, William Hill, Stan James or Bet 365? Did he listen? Did he balls!

Steven Gerrard’s 87th-minute goal helped send England to the World Cup in Brazil and Paddy Power customers into seventh heaven as it triggered the one millionth bet refund of 2013. It’s also put an eight-figure sum back in our customers’ e-wallet.

GerrardMBS

And there’s still two months of the year left!

Stevie G to score at anytime against Poland was Paddy Power’s 157th refund out of 313 Money-Back Specials which have clicked so far in 2013.

When it comes to giving punters a fair deal, Paddy’s the guv’nor – as our chart clearly shows…

MBScomparisons

The figures above represent the number of individual offers advertised by each company on their website, for refund-type offers only. Extra Places and Buy One Get One Frees are not included, we didn’t want to embarrass the competition more than we already have.

Here are the top five Paddy Power refunds of 2013

1. Hurricane Fly wins the 2013 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham

Ruby Walsh on Hurricane Fly

GET IN: Ruby shows Paddy what he can do with his Hurricane Fly MBS (pic: Inpho)

A cunning stunt that went wrong. Badly wrong. Paddy’s ‘what are the chances’ miscalculation on ‘Money Back All Losers’ in the 2013 Champion Hurdle triggered a monster £2.2m payout as Ruby Walsh and Hurricane Fly swept to glory at Cheltenham.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo scores at Old Trafford v Manchester United

Ronaldo

WHAT SORT OF AN OFFER WAS THAT?: A silly one Cristiano, Very, very silly (pic: Inpho)

Paddy thought it would be ‘really cool’ to welcome CR7 back to Old Trafford with a Money-Back Special if the La Liga goal machine scored against his former club. At least Ronaldo had the good grace not to celebrate when he hit the net to bury Fergie’s Euro dream and the company’s Champion s League book for another year.

3. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon 2013

Andy Murray

NEW BALLS PLEASE: Murray’s famous Wimbledon win hit Paddy where it hurts (pic: Inpho)

There were tears from Andy Murray in 2012 but Paddy was doing the blubbering on Centre Court last July. The Scot had ended every British tennis fans’ 77-year wait for a Men’s Wimbledon Champion. And to really make their day, Paddy’s brain fart pre-tournament promise to give them their money back if Andy did, came back to haunt him.

4. If Wayne Rooney or Sergio Aguero score last in the Manchester Derby

Wayne's World:  (pic: Inpho)

WAYNE’S WORLD: Even when he loses Rooney costs Paddy in Money Back Specials (pic: Inpho)

A double whammy for Paddy as  Sergio Aguero’s 16th minute opener left an army of first goal-scorer bets quids in. But Paddy was left as pissed-off as David Moyes when Wayne Rooney’s 87th-minute consolation goal kicked off an MBS that saw all first, last, correct score and scorecast punters rewarded. The system nearly crashed as “Moyes” and “Sack Race” hit the search engines on Sunday night.  Paddy didn’t turn up Monday morning. As usual.

5: Money-Back if favourite finishes second in any Channel 4 race

SPOT ON: John Gosden &a  (pic: Inpho)

WIN OR COME SECOND? You didn’t lose out on the fav with Paddy Power (pic: Inpho)

The gee-gees are quirky animals. Some day they run for their lives. Other times, well, they can’t be arsed. But racing punters who plumped for the favs when the C4 cameras were at Newmarket on June 8 still cashed in even if the favourite finished second.

  • Why not swagger over to see how you made Paddy pay in 2013 >>> here
  • Find out England’s price to lift the World Cup in Brazil >>> here 

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