English Premiership

Leicester fan cashes out on bet

2016-03-08 10:27
Leicester celebrate (AP)

Cape Town - A gambler has pocketed £72 000 pounds after cashing in on a £50 bet he wagered at the start of the season on Leicester City winning the Premier League at odds of 5 000/1.

The Leicester fan decided to take the offer from a British bookmaker before the league leaders won 1-0 at Watford on Saturday.

If he had held on until the end of the match the offer would have risen to £91 000. If Leicester do go on to win the title the bet would have been worth £250 000.

"I'm ecstatic. I read the papers on Saturday morning and thought it's time to cash out," the anonymous fan was quoted as saying on the Ladbrokes website.

"Win or lose the league I'm looking forward to the rest of the season ahead. It will mean so much if we win so there's no point in being greedy.

"A holiday to Spain is a certainty followed by paying off the mortgage with the winnings."

Leicester, who are five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine matches to play, are chasing their first-ever top-flight title.

City's next game is at home to second-bottom Newcastle United next Monday. Ladbrokes now rate Leicester at 5/4 to finish the season as champions.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.