Stan James face a bumper pay-out if Spain win the 2010 World Cup
Perhaps there might be one or two members of Stan James’ marketing team in hot water after Spain booked their place in the 2010 World Cup final on Wednesday! Carlos Puyol’s bullet header from a corner put La Furia Roja into a lead that they did not relinquish and that will please the many customers who were placing their outright bets with this bookmaker before the competition started.
That’s because Stan James had a promotion where all losing outright stakes will be refunded as a free bet if Spain were to win the World Cup. This bookmaker must have thought they were on to a winner after a) the Spanish lost to Switzerland in the opening game and b) Paraguay missed a late penalty against them in the quarter final. However, with the European champions now a best price 4/7 (William Hill) it looks as though the firm will be coughing up.
On the other hand, bet365 will have been pleased with their Penalty Payback promotion, which has only see them refund losing bets on Japan and Ghana so far. One can’t imagine that there was a big weight of money on these two teams and one of the world’s leading firms must have been prepared for at least one big team to go out on spot-kicks. Perhaps we’ll see another World Cup final go through 120 minutes without producing a winner…
Indeed, if you think that the 2010 World Cup final might go to penalties, then Victor Chandler are offering to refund all losing First Goalscorer, Correct Score, Scorecast & Double Result (HT/FT) bets on the match as a free bet if we see spot kicks. Four years ago, France and Italy played out a draw before the Azzurri triumphed in the most dramatic way imaginable. The same bookmaker are running the promotion for the 3rd place play-off, although there is less chance of this happening on Saturday.
Bet365, Paddy Power and Blue Square have also been running with a similar 0-0 cashback offer throughout the World Cup and it’s another promotion where they haven’t had to cough up too much back to the punters. There hasn’t been a single goalless draw during the knockout stages as we have seen far more open encounters than many people were predicting, even with a match ball that has attracted much criticism. The last refund that this promotion yielded was when Brazil faced Portugal in the final Group G match.
Finally, the world seems to be going crazy for Pulpo Paul, the German psychic octopus at the moment. After correctly predicting that Spain would beat Germany on Wednesday, people are curious to see whether the amazing record continues. Bet Fred offer odds of 15/8 that the eight-legged creature picks out winners in both of the weekend matches, 11/8 that he gets one selection right and 2/1 that he gets both his picks wrong!