Christmas has come early for Paddy Power punters after the bookie today announced it was paying out early on a white Christmas.
The payout, triggering an incredible €50,000 early Christmas gift for punters, came despite bookmakers’ rules traditionally stating that snow must actually fall on December 25th for bets to count. However with the whole country under the spell of the current big freeze Paddy Power has thrown away the rule book and paid out on what is as clear as the driven snow to everybody – there is snow on the ground.
Paddy Power himself said: “We’ve taken about double the bets this year compared to last year which isn’t really a surprise considering the weather we’ve had. The rules say that sn! ow has to fall on Christmas day for the bets to click but what the heck, it’s Christmas so we’re paying out regardless!”
“Hopefully this will give our customers some small festive cheer as they struggle to get around in the weather.”
The odds of a white Christmas in Dublin were as short as 6/5 when Paddy Power ran up the white flag. Paddy Power are also paying out on a white Xmas in Cork, Belfast and nine other places across the UK in their biggest ever weather payout.
Paddy Power, who are also paying out on a white Christmas in Ireland, are offering several other bets for the remaining winter including:
6/1 2011 to be the coldest on record in the Ireland
5/1 2011 to be the wettest on record in the Ireland