Paddy Power are bracing themselves for the biggest sporting shock since Leicester City’s title triumph, after rank outsider Jamie Lewis reached the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship.
The Welshman, who had to get through a preliminary qualifier to even play in the tournament, was a huge 1,000/1 to be crowned world champion before his miracle run.
And it means a handful of plucky punters who backed him pre-tournament stand to claim a windfall if Lewis goes all the way, including one customer who stands to claim £10,000 in winnings.
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Lewis is now 16/1 to win the tournament, and will face a darts great in the semi – either the retiring Phil Taylor or two-time champions Gary Anderson.
Asked about Jamie Lewis’ chances spokesman Paddy Power said: “I’d thought that seeing off Peter Wright, the number two seed no less, would be the peak of Lewis’ run, but he’s looking unstoppable.
“This has all the hallmarks of Leicester winning the league – and I’m preparing to be stung by another jammy Jamie.”
4/6 Michael van Gerwen
11/2 Phil Taylor
13/2 Gary Anderson
9/1 Rob Cross
16/1 Jamie Lewis
20/1 Raymond van Barneveld
* Paddy Power’s full PDC World Championship betting is available here.
* All odds correct at time of posting.