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Punting Hall of Fame: Japan pull off the biggest shock in World Cup history but these punters saw it coming

by Paddy Power | September 20, 2015

WHAT A BLOODY GAME!!! Japan have beaten 2007 winners South Africa 34-32 in the Brighton Community Stadium and they’ll be dancing on the streets of Fukue tonight!!! A try in the last minute of the game gave Japan their first win in 24 years and South Africa’s first loss in an opening World Cup game in 20 years. Hardly anyone saw this coming, but there were some brilliant Paddy Power punters backed the Japanese to upset the odds with some fantastic pre-game and in-game betting. 

The pick of the greatest bets in World Cup history were:

  • Pre-match  Japan to win @ 100/1
  • Japan to win at 70/1 in-play
  • Winning Margin: Japan to win by 1-10 points at 90/1
  • Double result: HT – South Africa FT – Japan – 125/1

22 crazy brave Paddy punters backed Japan at 100/1 before the game for amounts between 50p and £10 leading to winners between £50 and £1,000. Not to shabby for a 50p bet. With a try in the 84th minute to seal the winnings for our 22 heroes would have been gripping the table harder than Hugh Hefner after a particular frisky day.

Quite a few punters had Japan to win at 70/1 in-play, but one very ballsy punter decided that they needed some Sunday drinking money and slipped a rather tasty £20 on an in-play bet. Considering that South Africa were two points up at half time and looked like they would make it through the game that bet took some serious cojones.

Speaking of in-play bets early in the first half, before the shock of the sporting world looked actually plausible one ‘Mystic Meg’ punter put €10 on Japan for a winning margin bet by 1-10 points at 90/1. Either this punter has superpowers or puts on a lot of crazy bets. Regardless they now have the money to take the family away and maybe one lonely writer? Maybe? No?


The last of the bets of what will now be known as Japan Day was a double result of HT – South Africa FT – Japan at 125/1. One Japan savvy English customer had the street smarts and the sheer blind luck of the ancients to stick a fiver on and now has a cool £625 profit burning a hole in his pocket. On a completely unrelated note we could do with some new shoes here in the office if you happen to see this…

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