Bookie shocked by The Power
Bookmakers BetVictor were left counting the cost of Phil Taylor's 16th World Title yesterday after refunding all losing bets (up to £50) on the outright market for the PDC World Darts Championship - following their offer of money back if Taylor won the tournament.
This was a great value promo, as we mentioned in our pre-tournament preview: "Whoever you fancy to come out on top in the New Year, its worth heading to BetVictor for your outright bets after the Gibraltar based firm offered to refund losing outright bets if Phil Taylor wins the event. Given he's just 2/1 that looks a pretty generous stance from old Victor."
Even worse for BetVictor, they then offered the industry best odds of 23/20 on Taylor to win the match itself - which meant further significant losses for the firm who make Taylor their 5/2 favourite for a 17th success in 2014, with van Gerwen 3/1 to go one better.
BetVictor spokesperson Charlie McCann said today: "We have refunded a very substantial five figure sum to our customers this morning following The Power’s brilliant success at the Ally Pally in a magnificent final; at 2-0 and 4-2 for Van Gerwen we thought we might get out of jail but in the end Taylor’s will-to-win was just too much for the Dutch ace...we got it badly wrong and are left licking our wounds this morning."
Our World Darts Championship preview did more than just highlight this offer, also calling the finalists: "Ranked 7th in the Order of Merit, van Gerwen looks ready for a really big tournament this season, and odds of 9/4 to reach the final look more than fair with Paddy Power. They also offer a Taylor v van Gerwen final at 13/2 which looks a sound investment."
BetVictor offer new customers a free £25 matched-bet. Simply open an account via the link above right, place a bet and they'll match your first stake with a free bet of the same value.
They also have another major promotion for this year’s Cheltenham Festival - bet on any ante-post Festival market with them and if your selection is a non-runner they will refund your losing stake as a free bet (up to a maximum of £50 per horse and £100 per race).