Loss is a win for book­ies

The Northern Star - - WORLD -

ENG­LAND may have been in a som­bre mood af­ter Wed­nes­day night’s World Cup de­feat, but the book­ies were qui­etly cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory.

Paddy Power Bet­fair, William Hill and Lad­brokes Co­ral owner GVC all saw their share prices rise af­ter avoid­ing mil­lions of pounds of pay­outs to pun­ters who had a bet on Gareth South­gate’s side.

Lad­brokes hap­pily ad­mit­ted that Croa­tia’s dra­matic ex­tra­time goal “saved us mil­lions upon mil­lions”.

It was es­ti­mated an Eng­land World Cup vic­tory would have cost the book­ies £200 mil­lion.

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