William Hill blunder
William Hill has announced that it has paid out nearly £20,000 to punters after taking bets on who was going to kill Coronation Street character Charlie Stubbs, despite the scriptwriters making no secret of the fact that Tracey Barlow would be the killer.
William Hill stated that they believed the plot would be a "whodunit" and began taking bets on the identity of the killer.
"The media broke the story as though it was going to be a cliff-hanger similar to the 'who shot Phil Mitchell' storyline on EastEnders," said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.
"What we didn't know was that at the time we started the book everyone already knew it was Tracy. We thought it was a 50-horse race when, in fact, it was a one-horse race and that horse had already crossed the finishing line."
The UK bookmaker also confirmed on top of paying out all punters who had placed money on Tracy Barlow, they would also payout those that had placed bets on other characters.
"Even bookmakers have a sense of fair play at Christmas. At the time the bets were placed, the losers couldn't win, so we will give them their money back," added Sharpe.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-01-03 11:35:15