Punting Hall of Fame: Did you hear about the Essex man who backed One for Arthur and Sergio in a double?

He's £42k richer after a whopping weekend of sport


When we got an email this morning with a ‘huge DAB win!‘ subject line we feared the worst. We suspected our IT department had been out partying a little too hard with horrific Pogba-esque celebrations after the website stayed up during peak traffic times at the weekend.

Thankfully, not. In Paddy Power land, D.A.B. stands for Dial A Bet, our phone betting division. For customers who like their betting with a human side.

So we’re here to highlight a D.A.B. punter from Essex, UK who has £42k extra in his e-wallet this morning. He placed a £75 each-way double on Grand National winner One for Arthur (14/1) and backed the previously Major-shy Sergio Garcia to win the U.S. Masters at 40/1. Nice punting, sir.

One For Arthur became the first Scottish trained winner of the National since 1979 on Saturday under a supremely confident ride by Derek Fox. While he was a comfrotable winner by more than four lengths, this punter was made to sweat as Sergio Garcia did what Sergio Garcia does when it gets to squeaky-bum time in a major.

Before last week’s tournament he had 73 major appearances – four times a runner-up and 22 top 10 finishes. He was what many defined as a ‘Sunday bottler’. And he almost lived up to that reputation again. Back-to-back bogeys at 10 and 11 put him under pressure, before an eagle at 15 appeared to be enough to possibly beat Justin Rose who bogeyed the 17th and handed Garcia a putt for the Green jacket on 18.

Off course, Serg missed. He wasn’t even close. The two blokes headed back to the tee for the play-off and this punter would have been forgiven for thinking his miraculous punt wasn’t to be. Yet Garcia came good. Rose sliced into the trees, Garcia’s approach was glorious, and he had two putts for the title from 10ft. The Spaniard sunk it in one.

Cue spectacular scenes from Augusta and Essex as one punter became £42k richer.

Now we can all get back to DAB-bing our way through Monday.

What do you think?