It’s that time of year where the queen whips out her sword and gives a few lucky folk a couple more letters on the end of their name. But apart from that little buzz you get when somebody sends you some mail and you see your OBE the perks aren’t great. Plus when you put it on Facebook everyone thinks you’re a show off or a nob.
A much more appealing Honours List comes from the Punting Hall of Fame, where we recognise the betting achievements of Paddy Power punters and celebrate our favourite five entrants from 2013.
5. One lucky iPhone punter bags over £41k from a £5 bet at Cheltenham, December 2013
A £2.50 each-way five-fold did the business for this iPhone punter at Cheltenham earlier this month. All five gee-gees bounded up Cleeve Hill to pocket this customer exactly £41,471.05 just two weeks before Christmas and send Paddy Power’s bean counters running for cover.
AP McCoy has a habit of giving Paddy a healthy kick in the balls and it was his mount Ballyalton who won by a neck at 11/4 to secure the last leg of this bet and bag the loot. It will be some turkey on the table this Christmas for this lucky punter.
Read more here: How one lucky punter won £41,471.05 off a £5 bet at Cheltenham
4. A football six-fold turns £3 into more than £37,000, May 2013
This clued in punter took advantage of Paddy’s football markets to clean the boss out back in May this year. By backing favourites to win in games were both teams get on the scoresheet this punter made himself a winning six-fold and in the process pocketed a cool £37,422.
The highlight was arguably Nurnberg beating Fortuna Dusseldorf and both teams scoring at a massive 6/1. Throw in some Spanish football and a couple of Scottish matches and you have a monster punt.
3. A ten year long bet on David Moyes finally comes good, May 2013
It would be rude to compile this list without throwing in this incredible bet from 71-year-old David Rossi. The winnings of £1500 might not be the largest on this list but for longevity this tops the lot.
David Rossi originally placed the bet of Moyes to be Manchester United’s next manager in 2001 at odds of 66/1. A decade long wait for Sir Alex Ferguson to hang up his hairdryer followed, but when he did this bet clicked, and became one of the biggest talking points in Power Tower in 2013.
2. Seven sports, nine selections and one £50 bet ends in a £23,000 winner, August 2013
The Champions League winners, the winner of Wimbledon, the NBA Championship, ice hockey’s Stanley Cup winners, the French Open Champion and more. You name it, this bet practically covered it.
Nine selections covering football, basketball, tennis, snooker, ice hockey, rugby and cricket came in for one punter who had stuck £50 on at 465/1. Almost four months after Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Championship, England’s 74-run victory secured the Ashes and this punter pocketed more than £23k from an incredibly good bet.
1. A 50p Lucky 15 scoops one Belfast punter £100,000, October 2013
Take a bow sir. This Belfast punter rightly tops our New Year’s Honours List after an incredible 50p Lucky 15 bet on four horses in October. The 7.50 bet included 12/1 shot Fol Hollow, North London also at 12/1, Camerooney at 22/1 and the 33/1 outsider Compton Prince.
All four horses romped home and this lucky punter bagged a whopping £82,319.20. His good fortune didn’t stop there as shop staff informed him of his 20% bonus for picking four winners, taking his winnings up to an eye watering £98,783.40.
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