Bookie Refuses To Pay-Out £7m On Snow Bet

(Reuters) – BOOKMAKER LADBROKES is refusing to pay out more than seven million pounds to a man who gambled on a white Christmas across the UK, as the bet was accepted by mistake.

Cliff Bryant, 52, had placed two five-pound accumulator bets that snow would fall on 24 towns and cities across the north of England on Christmas Day.

“We have apologised to the customer for any confusion and for mistakenly accepting an accumulator bet when our own rules state that only single bets are available on a market of this nature,” said a Ladbrokes spokesman.

“We are happy to void the bets and to pay the customer his winnings on the relevant singles.”

They however amount to just 31.78 pounds, rather than the 7.1 million Bryant was expecting.

The graphic designer from Southampton, who told the local Southern Daily Echo newspaper he was “gutted” and would seek legal advice, claims the first accumulator would have won him 4.9 million pounds, with the second adding 2.2 million.

“If I make a mistake in my work like that it costs me dearly and I think the offer should be a lot more generous than they have made,” he told the paper.

Ladbrokes should have made their rules clearer, he added.

“They are one of the leading bookmakers in the country and I think they ought to do their homework a bit better in future.”

Ladbrokes gave Bryant details of the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS), an impartial adjudicator on disputes that arise between gambling operators and their customers.

Danny Cracknell, a manager of the IBAS, told Reuters that Bryant had been in contact and they would be investigating the issue once he had completed the relevant forms.

England Match To Be Internet Only

(BBC) – ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIER in Ukraine on Saturday will be shown exclusively live to subscribers on the internet who will pay at least £4.99.

All previously broadcast England matches have been available on TV.

Kentaro, an international agency appointed by the Ukrainian Football Federation, originally sold the UK rights for the game to Setanta.

But after the pay-TV firm collapsed, digital sport specialist Perform was appointed to stream the match online.

The match will be shown on the website www.ukrainevengland.com and viewers will be able to subscribe to it using PayPal, the electronic payment service.

England have already qualified for the 2010 World Cup, winning all eight of their group matches.

The cost of watching the game was being advertised on Monday in the Daily Express as £4.99 if viewers signed up before midnight on Wednesday.

Charges rise to £9.99 for those who subscribe on Thursday and Friday, and £11.99 on Saturday.

Aaron Wins Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge – Again!

Aaron LowtherSIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Aaron Lowther, from Canvey Island, has powered his way to the top of the youth power boating field for the second year running after being crowned the 2009 Honda RYA Youth RIB Challenge National Champion at the Championship final held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday, 13th September.

Aaron, who also claimed victory at the championship last year, clinched this year’s victory by less than a second — with a time of 1:04:21, ahead of second place rival Luke McGill on 1:04:56.

Aaron represented the Island Yacht Club, as well as the Eastern region, at the final and goes home with a brand new powerboat for his club.

The powerboat is a 4.8 metre Ribcraft RIB with Honda BF50 Outboard, on an Indespension trailer with an Icom 505 VHF radio.

Aaron also won a selection of other goodies, thanks to the event sponsors, which included: a remote control sail boat courtesy of Honda; 100 vouchers from Ribcraft; and 50 vouchers from ICOM — as well as their much deserved winner’s trophies.

… (Echo, 15/09/2009) – Aaron powers to defend UK title