Coral refuses to pay punter £9k win… because they ‘gave him the wrong odds’

September 16, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A punter has lost out on more than £9,000 after a bookie refused to pay up – because they had given him the wrong odds.

Oshane Grantas expecting to pocket over £10,500 after betting that France, Serbia and Argentina would all score three or more goals in their latest World Cup qualifiers.

His £100 accumulator came good when Serbia smashed three past Wales, France scored four against Belarus and Argentina put five past Paraguay.

Oshane Grant who thought he had won ££10,500 after placing a bet at Coral but was paid just £1,200

Oshane Grant who thought he had won ££10,500 after placing a bet at Coral but was paid just £1,200

Overjoyed Oshane, 42, celebrated even before he had picked up his winnings with a boozy night out with mates.

He handed some cash to family and then started working out how he was going to spend the rest on a car and decorating his home.

But he ended up a loser when Coral refused to pay out the full amount because they had given him the wrong odds.

The bookies said a clerk had mistakenly given him the odds of the three teams all scoring FOUR or more goals.

They said they would only pay him £1,216,67 – the total he would have got if they had given him the correct odds.

Angry Oshane said: “I don’t want to hear their excuses, I would like them to give me my money.

“I went in there, asked for the odds which they had to telephone for and made my bets.

“I had looked at the quality both Argentina and France were putting on the pitch and could see they had a good chance of scoring a lot of goals.

“I also saw that Wales were unlikely to play Gareth Bale who is one of the best players in the world so knew they would struggle against Serbia.

“I even asked if they were sure about the odds and they said yes so I staked more money than I would have normally.

“I even got the bookmaker to sign the betting slip.

“I was so excited when the games finished. I went to the desk and they confirmed I had won #9,000 but said I would have to come back tomorrow to collect my winnings.

“I was so happy and went out celebrating with friends. I gave away #200 to them because I was picking up #9,000 the next day and wanted to share the wealth.

“I was planning to get a car for myself and fix up my home.

“It is a lot of money to me and I can’t just let it go down the drain.”

Oshane, from Easton, Bristol, added: “The silly thing is I would have made more than they are now offering me if I’d stayed with how I was originally going to bet before being offered these odds.

“What I really can’t understand is that I can’t go to them when I lose and say I had made a mistake but they can do it to me.”

A Coral spokesman said: “The bets were written as three or more goals, however the Coral member of staff has incorrectly applied the odds for four or more goals.

“This is auditable and transparent as these markets are publicised on odds comparison websites and in newspapers so there is no dispute over this.

“However, we sympathise with the customer and as the error was made by the member of staff we have offered to settle the bet at the very best prices available anywhere on the high street on the correct market requested.”

He said Oshane can contact the Independent Betting Adjudication Service and Coral will abide by their ruling.

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