Day 1: Hosts Brazil (1/3) and first goal scorer Neymar (7/2) get punters off to the perfect start after a painful opening ceremony performance from Pitbull and J-Lo.
Day 2: But Paddy doesn’t lie down for long and hits back through Holland, as just 18 per cent of the book backed the Dutch in the WDW market against Spain. Not every punter was licking his wounds though.
Day 3: Although two-thirds of Paddy’s book was on England to beat Italy, The Three Lions’ slip-up didn’t cost punters too much as the boss paid out more than £1m in free bets. Luckily, Costa Rica’s win over a Suarez-less Uruguay meant Paddy’s Saturday night wasn’t completely ruined
Day 4: A fantastic day for punters as Switzerland (7/5), France (3/10) and Argentina (2/7) all justified favouritism on a sunny Sunday
Day 5: Iran and Nigeria play out a 0-0 draw which not only makes everyone hate football, but costs Paddy a few quid as his ‘Bore Draw Money-Back Special’ clicks for the first time. Almost three-quarters of the WDW book was on Germany to beat Portugal as well, so Ronaldo wasn’t the only one close to tears after Monday night.
Day 6: Paddy saves a few quid as Brazil are held by Mexico, but as it’s another 0-0 he gives most of his profit back thanks to the Money-Back Special. Belgium then go on to do him no favours, as Marouane Fellaini gets back at the company for consistently ridiculing him on Twitter.
Day 7: Holland (1/4) and Croatia (4/6) oblige for favourite backers on day seven, but Chile’s emphatic win over Spain puts Paddy back on track. 89 per cent of punters cash was on Spain to beat Chile while plenty of outright betting slips were torn up as Spain crashed out, despite being the third best backed country to lift the trophy.
Day 8: England got backed into Even money favourites against Uruguay and despite slipping up again, Paddy still emptied his pockets with another free bet giveaway after the defeat. There was another Money-Back Special payout a few hours later as Japan and Greece played out a mind-numbing 0-0 draw.
Day 9: Costa Rica’s win gives Paddy the edge on Friday and sees England crash out of the tournament. That should have been cause for a Guinness-fuelled celebration but France (17/20) and Ecuador (8/13) do the business for any favourite backers on the 2/1 double.
Day 10: Argentina (1/7) leave it late to see off Bosnia, but Paddy hits the Saturday night dance-floor after Germany (4/11) and Bosnia (10/11) fail to oblige on a tricky day for punters.
Day 11: Paddy celebrated hard on Saturday, and he was partying again when Portugal (8/11) slipped up against USA, and Algeria (2/1) upset the odds to thump South Korea. Not even dark horses Belgium winning at 6/5 could dampen Paddy’s mood.
Day 12: All four fancies – Brazil (1/7), Mexico (17/10), Spain (2/5) and Holland (7/4) – come good on a bleak Monday for Paddy, as punters cash in on the 11/1 acca. It also confirms the well-backed ‘Australia to finish bottom of Group B’ bet, as well as the ‘Brazil-Mexico’ straight forecast, which was also popular.
Day 13: Three favourites, Ivory Coast (Evens), England (5/6) and Italy (8/5) get turned over which has Paddy dancing through the corridors of Power Tower. Colombia make it three wins out of three in Group C and reward faithful punters who jumped onto the 23/20 for them to beat Japan, but it can’t put a dampener on Paddy’s day. He did have to cough up another Money-Back Special for England’s bore draw though.
Day 14… The French save Paddy’s bacon as we move into the third week of the tournament. Bosnia (5/4), Argentina (4/9) and Switzerland (1/2) all oblige for favourite backers but at 8/13 France couldn’t see off Ecuador to click the accas. Paddy still paid out the MBS because it ended 0-0 but it was far easier emptying his pockets for that, than the amount of fourfolds that would have clicked.
Day 15: Paddy is left to lick his wounds as the group stages draw to a close. Germany (7/10), Portugal (4/5), and Belgium (5/6) make it three winning favourites and leaves the boss looking as helpless as Roy Hodgson. Russia (11/10) failing to beat Algeria is Paddy’s only saving grace.
The World Cup has had more twists than a week of Hollyoaks episodes, and while Paddy has had some good days, there’s been some games which have almost taken the shirt off his back. A shirtless Paddy isn’t something anybody wants to see. You can keep trying to empty his pockets though with all the latest odds right here: Desktop | Mobile