Monday 26 September 2016

Die-hard Leicester fan stood to win €10,000... but cashed out early

David Kearns

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Limerick publican Mike Buckley with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy outside the King Power Stadium. Photo: Press 22
Limerick publican Mike Buckley with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy outside the King Power Stadium. Photo: Press 22

A die-hard Leicester City fan who stood to win €10,000 from a €10 bet on his team winning the Premier League cashed out for €4,200.

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But there has been no licking of wounds for Limerick publican Mike Buckley, who is set to throw a party in his premises to toast the Foxes winning the Premier League for the first time.

"I put on the bet around four games into the season. I had a tenner on at 1,000-1," said Mike, who runs Jock's Bar in the east Limerick village of Doon.

"I cashed out after the West Brom game as it was only a draw. I got €4,200.

"I had another €50 on at 33-1 for them to finish in the top four and I got €1,650 for that."

Mike, who was born in Leicester and moved to Ireland at the age of two, was confident Leicester had it in the bag after the Swansea game.

When they were crowned winners of the Premier League after Tottenham's 2-2 draw at Chelsea, he immediately set about making plans to celebrate in his pub. "We will have the colours up," he said.

Mike will travel to the King Power Stadium tomorrow to see his side take on Everton in their final home game of the season. Tickets for the match are like gold dust with some websites offering seats for up to £8,000 (€10,000).

Irish Independent

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