2016, What a year it has been. We’ve seen Harambe, Brexit, Trump, alongside the death of Bowie, Prince and a host of huge celebrities. It has been a shocker, and we are all looking forward to seeing the back of it.
No-one is more excited for the year to end than the lads in our Trading department. We’ve been paying out money like it’s going out of fashion, and here is our round-up of the biggest outlays of the year.
1. Cheltenham 2016
Yep, this year’s Cheltenham saw our conkers firmly done in. From the very start, Paddy felt the heat. With three of the four favourites from the stable of the man above, Willie Mullins, romping home on day one, we sat back and went “Oh, sh*t.”
The remainder of the festival saw the traders tightening their purse-strings, with nine favourites and one joint favourite winning in the 28 races over the four days. There were wins from Thistlecrack, Vautour, and Limini alongside a Gold Cup win from favourite Don Cossack.
Put it simply, it was definitely one for the punters rather than the bookies!
2. Donald Trump to win the US Presidential Election
Who were the fools so confident of a Hillary Clinton win that we paid out early? Yes, that would be us!
From the early Hilary cash to the Trump win, this was our biggest ever political payout. So, alongside sending the World spiraling into a state of hysteria and bewilderment, he also lined the pockets of plenty of our punters.
3. All-Ireland Final
We refunded over €600,000 in All-Ireland final bets, as the game headed for a replay following a draw. In the first leg, Dublin & Mayo played out a 2-09 to 0-15 draw at Croke Park.
Cillian O’Connor’s 77th minute lifeline-point delivered a replay, and we decided that if the GAA get another payday then so should our punters. As the story goes, The Dubs went onto win the replay, crowning themselves All-Ireland champions for a second consecutive year, thanks to a 1-15 to 1-14 victory.
Of course, we had already paid out in the first leg, and felt the sting as the result was confirmed. Still, well done if you were on.