Double blow for Sunderland fan Dan, as bookies withhold £1,450 cup final jackpot (From The Northern Echo)
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Double blow for SAFC fan Dan, as bookies withhold £1,450 cup final jackpot
A BOOKMAKER is adding insult to injury for one Sunderland fan, by refusing to honour his £1,450-winning cup final bet.
As if seeing his heroes lose to Manchester City at Wembley wasn’t bad enough, Dan Phyall now finds himself denied his pay-out for correctly predicting Black Cats forward Fabio Borini would score the first goal in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.
William Hill is refusing to stump up the £1,450 Mr Phyall says is owed to him having offered him odds of 145-1 on his £10 stake.
It is thought the bookie in the Trafalgar Square betting shop where Mr Phyall placed the bet on Saturday night (March 1) may have mistakenly given odds on the scorecast for Borini to score first and Sunderland to win 1-0.
William Hill is offering to pay out at odds of 16-1, meaning Mr Phyall would get £160 – £1,290 less than he believes he is entitled to.
But the 20-year-old, who works in the family cafe Coffeea Cabana, Sunderland, repeatedly checked his bet before handing over his money and says William Hill should now pay out.
“I was just seeing what the odds were,” Mr Phyall said.
“I was a bit shocked. I asked if he was sure. He said yes, so I stuck a daft £10 on.
“When we scored, it was more the feeling that we scored – I didn’t realise about the bet until my cousin said: ‘You’ve won over a grand’.”
When the family tried to claim their winnings at the Sunderland branch on Monday, they were refused.
“I was expecting something to happen. It was good to be true,” Mr Phyall said.
But his father, Mick Phyall, is fighting the case.
Following talks with William Hill, he is taking it to the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (Ibas) and is considering legal action if that doesn’t work.
A spokesman for William Hill said: “In situations like this where an obvious error is made, we will always settle at the best price available.”
On-loan Italian Borini put Gus Poyet’s team 1-0 up early on, before City turned on the class to run out 3-1 winners and deny the Black Cats their first major trophy in 41 years.
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