Golf fan angry after bookies refuse to pay out £1,250 Bubba Watson bet
GOLF fan Lee Beardmore is tee-d off – after bookmaker Coral refused to pay out £1,250 for his winning £1 bet on the U.S. Masters.
The 39-year-old was celebrating after American Bubba Watson won Sunday's championship as his slip gave the odds at 1,000-1.
But Coral is refusing to pay out because a worker at its Cheadle branch confused Bubba Watson's odds of 40-1 with the 1,000-1 figure for golfing legend, but now rank outsider, Tom Watson.
Now Lee, who manages Seven Day Windows, in Fenton, is stuck in the rough with a goodwill offer of £66.
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Lee, of Prince George Street, in Cheadle, said: "I don't bet very often, but I am an avid golf fan so I enjoy a flutter on the Masters and I couldn't believe it when Bubba won.
"I was really excited when I went to collect my winnings because I've never won that much before. But when I found it was a mistake I didn't know what to think.
"I was gutted and angry because I don't know why I should be punished for someone else's mistake.
"I put good money on a bet which I thought was legitimate and now it turns out it's not worth the paper it's written on."
Brother Rob, aged 39, of Victory Crescent, Cheadle, who actually placed the £1 each way bet, said: "When it comes to the Masters it is anyone's game so I don't think Lee thought that the odds were out of the ordinary.
"If it was somebody like Tiger Woods he might have thought differently."
Lee, right, has already complained to Coral's customer services department. Coral today apologised and blamed the blunder on human error.
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "This was an unfortunate mix-up with the names, due to human error, for which we apologise sincerely.
"However our rules clearly state that in this situation, bets will be settled at the correct odds at the time the bet was placed, in this case 40-1."
Lee is now planning to appeal to the Independent Betting Adjudication Service which rules on gambling disputes.
Gambling expert Graham Sharpe said: "At no time was Bubba Watson ever quoted by any bookmaker at odds of 1,000-1 to win the U.S. Masters. If anyone has a betting slip with those odds on it, it can only be as a result of an obvious mistake."
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