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Bubba backer demands payout after Masters mix-up

11/4/2012
A golfing gambler says a bookmaker owes him over £1,000 after he won a Masters bet at incorrect odds.

Lee Beardmore from Cheadle in Staffordshire thought he had won £1,250 after placing a £1 each-way bet on American Bubba Watson winning this year’s Masters at Augusta.

However it transpired that the 1000/1 price on offer was actually that of veteran player Tom Watson, with the mix-up between his and Bubba’s 40/1 odds a result of human error.

Bookmakers Coral are refusing to pay out the four figure sum, instead offering Beardmore a £66 goodwill gesture.

The 39-year-old, who now plans to take the dispute to the Independent Betting Adjudication Service, said: “I was really excited when I went to collect my winnings because I've never won that much before. But when I found it was a mistake I didn't know what to think.”

"I was gutted and angry because I don't know why I should be punished for someone else's mistake.”

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "This was an unfortunate mix-up with the names, due to human error, for which we apologise sincerely.”

"However our rules clearly state that in this situation bets will be settled at the correct odds at the time the bet was placed, in this case 40-1."
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