Monday 23 October 2017

What are the odds?

Nick Webb

Nick Webb

Sitting through a 90-minute football match can be pretty boring. Especially if you're not getting bladdered. But putting money on the outcome and having a bet takes it to a whole new level.

Avoid betting shops like the plague. They are full of men who claim to know everything. Clearly, it's not a place any sane person would choose to spend time if they actually did. Smartphone apps for Paddy Power or other bookies are easy to operate.

We've a sure-fire betting system for the football. Emotional hedging is the win-win way of getting through the Euros. Back Croatia to beat us at 23/20. For a €20 bet you'll get €43 back including your stake if Croatia wins. Replicate the trick with the matches against Spain, backing the world cup champions (1/3 -- win €10 plus your €30 stake back) and punting on Italy (odds of 4/5 win €20 plus your €25 stake back).

If Ireland loses, we'll all be rather sad... but you'll have made the taxi fare home. You could be €53 richer off a €75 investment. A bank wouldn't even pay a tenth of that in interest.

But if Ireland win or even draw, the town will go wild and the craic will be mighty. What's not to like?

Sunday Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News