Wednesday 26 July 2017

Leicester fans cashes out for £29k ... but will miss out on £100k if Foxes win the title

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has lost just three league games this season
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has lost just three league games this season

Alexander Britton

A Leicester City fan who staked £20 on his beloved Foxes winning the league has cashed out for nearly £30,000.

Jon Pryke could have pocketed £100,000 after staking the money at 5000/1 odds at the start of the season.

But he lost his nerve and cashed out for £29,000 - and said he feels his team's luck might be running out.

The 59-year-old said: "Teams have worked out how to play against us and the smaller teams will just start parking the bus.

"I'd actually have preferred our run-in to be against the bigger teams as we know how to beat them.

"It's been a crazy season, I'd be silly not to take my money and run."

He said he was going to buy a bungalow with the winnings - but will now scale down his celebrations and order more Chinese when his team travel to Vicarage Road to play Watford on Saturday.

Mr Pryke said: "I've also backed Leicester to finish in the top four at 400/1, so I can enjoy the rest of season knowing I've got my winnings early.

"£29,000 is a huge amount of money and I'd be silly ignore it. Not bad from £20."

Ladbrokes said 47 optimistic punters backed Leicester at 5,000/1 to win the league at the start of the season, with Mr Pryke being the fourth to cash out.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "Jon's gut must be telling him Leicester's luck is about to run out so we don't blame him for cashing in his bet at all.

"£29k from £20 is an incredibly impressive return regardless and we take our hat off to him for having the vision to back his side at 5000/1 at the start of the season."

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