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Punting Hall of Fame: Read the mind-blowing story of how one lucky Galway punter won more than €206k off a €1 bet

Find out how one man fueled the luck of the Irish, and turned €1 into €206k with an incredible 17-fold football accumulator

by Josh Powell | February 25, 2015

Norwich midfielder and vice-captain Bradley Johnson might not have to buy a pint in Galway ever again after his 85th minute winner against Blackburn Rovers. The result kept Norwich in the Championship play-off mix, but more importantly it secured one Galway punter a life-changing amount of cash.

From a €1 bet placed on the Paddy Power iPhone App, this lucky lad pocketed a monster €206,000 as all 17 of his teams from the Champions League, Championship and League One duly obliged. While Juventus and Barcelona were doing the business for him in Europe, back in England, Brentford, Brighton and Barnsley among others were making sure this optimistic punt looked like a stroke of genius.

Incredibly, bar Bradley Johnson’s last-gasp effort at Ewood Park, there was very little late drama for this punter – which is probably good for the old ticker – as 16 of his 17 teams were ahead by the 52 minute mark. All that was left was a half an hour wait for Norwich to pounce, and the loot was won.

The full bet in all it’s magnificence is here…


It is by a country mile, one of the most impressive bets of the season, and any punter that defies odds of 206,261/1 is due a tip of the hat. No matter how jealous we are that we didn’t put the same bet on, and no matter how much of a kicking Paddy’s profits have taken in the run up to Cheltenham, it is an outstanding piece of punting.

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