Sacre Bleu! Gambler to win £1.5m if France lift World Cup
With bookmakers William Hill predicting that the World Cup will become the biggest betting event of all time with over £1billion gambled on the tournament, they have taken the largest single win bet on the tournament so far - £110,000 on France.
'A southern based William Hill telephone client has staked a bet of £55,000 each-way on France to win the World Cup at odds of 20/1 - and will make a profit of £1,650,000 if they do so - the biggest ever World Cup winnings' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Hills have also taken their biggest bet so far for an England victory, of £6500 at 8/1 in a Knightsbridge, London betting shop - which would make a profit of £52,000; while other customers have staked £10,000 on Germany at 14/1, and $85,000 on a six-team accumulative bet.
Bobby Moore to skipper England at World Cup again?
BUT Hills are also taking slightly smaller, but perhaps more original bets as well - TWO of their customers have backed children called Bobby Moore to captain England in the future.
Proud grandfather John Moore, from Great Yarmouth will win £100,000 if his grandson Bobby, born in November, 2003, captains England after staking £20 at 5000/1.
And a second Bobby Moore - this one as yet UNBORN! - will win his proud father-to-be, £82,500 if he grows up to play for West Ham and wins the World Cup with England.
Daniel Moore from Stanstead Abbotts has staked four £5 bets that his son will play for West Ham (500/1); play for England (1000/1); skipper England (5000/1) and win the World Cup with England (10,000/1).
This Bobby Moore is due to be born on July 1, 2010 - and Daniel has staked a further £10 at 10/1 that he is born on a day England are playing at the World Cup.