While Arsenal v Liverpool served up a pre-Christmas cracker at the Emirates, it spelled bad news for our Accounts team because they’ll have to cut out the caviar over the festive period thanks to a result that cost us well over half a million pounds.
The game was the gift that kept on giving for fans and punters alike last night as we got goals galore, defences seemingly made of paper mache, Arsene Wenger pouting, Jurgen Klopp gurning and most importantly of all – Paddy Power promotions clicking all over the shop!
Firstly, when Liverpool took a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute thanks to Mohamed Salah, we were forced to pay out on a win for The Red thanks to our 2 Up You Win offer.
* 2 Up You Win sees us pay out our punters in full on Premier League, Champions League and La Liga games if their selection goes two goals up. This applies on pre-match singles in the Win-Draw-Win market only. T&Cs are here.
Then just a minute later, Alexis Sanchez played Santa Claus for our punters as he ghosted in front of a heedless Joe Gomez to bang in a close-range header. That goal from the Chilean unwrapped our Money Back Special promotion on him scoring at any time, meaning we had to refund losing punts as a free bet.
* Applies to First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Anytime Goalscorer, Correct Score and WhatOddsPaddy markets. Max free bet €10 per customer. T&Cs apply. Read more here.
To make matters worse for us, after Mesut Ozil completed a 388-second comeback to put Arsenal up 3-2, we were facing up to the reality of paying out on both teams winning. However, a goal from Roberto Firmino with less than 20 minutes to go finished the scoring.
That left us having to not only having to shell out on a draw, but on a Liverpool victory as well after they somehow threw away a two-goal lead.
With both our 2 Up You Win and Money Back Special offers falling our punters’ way, we were left counting the cost of a whopping pay-out of around £510,000 to our loyal customers.
Oh well, it is Christmas after all!