The Punter: Boys cost Paddy £1m
There was no shortage of loyalty to the boys in green when it came to ‘putting your money where your mouth is.’
Ireland’s heroics in the Millennium Stadium cost Paddy Power in the region of €1.2m as the big plunge went in on Ireland beating Wales on the night.
On the local front, one big player is alleged to have put down £50,000 on Declan Kidney’s boys, although not with one bookmaker.
Others, of course, had taken Ireland at the outset, snapping up prices of 8-1 before the Six Nations got underway.
Some were a bit more cautious, taking Ireland to win the Championship or the Triple Crown.
One of the biggest bets placed with Paddy Power was €10,000 at odds of 9-2 for that Triple Crown returning €55,000.
The firm also took several wagers of €500 on the Slam at 8-1.
Paddy Power, in his usual ebbulient style said: “What a bloodbath! Every man, woman, child and dog on the street got stuck into Ireland.
“Paying out over a million on a single rugby result is unprecedented but, what the hell, it was a historic day, fair play to them and well done Ireland!”
PP have wasted no time in looking down the road to next year with Ireland and Wales joint 9-4 favourites for the Six Nataions title.
Compared to Hill’s, Power are much shorter on Brian O’Driscoll being Irish Sports Personality of the Year.
They go 4-7 and are are also shorter at 3-1 about Bernard Dunne, but are two points better on Open and USPGA champion Padraig Harrington at 16-1.
Irish Sports Personality of the year 2009: 4-7 Brian O’Driscoll; 3-1 Bernard Dunne; 6-1 Paul O’Connell; 10-1 Ruby Walsh; 16-1 Padraig Harrington; 25-1 Rory McIlroy; 33-1 Katie Taylor.