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Bookies could be set for BIGGEST pay out ever

Paddy Power

Whilst an England World Cup win will end 44 years of hurt and have millions of fans dancing in the streets from Crawley to Carlisle, one group of people who won’t be celebrating a Three Lions triumph are the bookmakers.

With an estimated £1 billion set to be waged on this summer’s World Cup, a great proportion of that money has seen England backed in to World Cup fourth favourites.  Paddy Power, the leading Irish bookmaker with a wide range of World Cup odds, offers England at a best-priced 8/1 to regain the World Cup at the eleventh attempt.

Paddy Power, who offer over 200 World Cup markets – more than any other bookmaker – said

Steven Gerrard lifting the World Cup for England on July 11th would be by far our worst result.  We have taken a hammering so far on England and if Fabio Capello’s side can lift the famous trophy, we are looking at our biggest payout of all time.  It will make Frankie Dettori’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ look like some change we lost down the back of the sofa.

In an attempt to deter punters, bookies even spent months offering odds much skinnier than would be expected on England.  At one point England were as short as 11/2 in the World Cup Betting to win in South Africa, although Paddy Power now offer the Three Lions at a stand out price of 8/1.  Despite short odds, patriotic punters genuinely believe that Fabio Capello can end four decades of disappointment and lead England to a second World Cup triumph.

Paddy Power added

We would obviously love England to do well in the tournament, not only for the excitement it would generate but also because the further they progress, the more it stimulates betting interest in the tournament.  However, an England win would see many a bookie drowning their sorrows on the morning after


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