Some weeks ago we featured a story about a punter who placed a €2 lucky 15 betting that all four All Ireland semi-finals in football and hurling would be a draw.
Three of them came up and he stood to collect €3,600 but opted against including the Meath SHC final as his fourth match, and that did end in a draw.
However, when he went to collect in the Navan branch of Boylesports he was handed just over €600 as the bookies claimed that the Tyrone v Kerry game was void and would be treated as a nonrunner.
Their reasoning was based on a little-known rule that says if a match is postponed unless it is played within forty-eight hours the bet is void.
The clash of the Ulster and Munster champions was postponed because of a Covid outbreak in the Tyrone camp and eventually played two weeks later.
One betting industry source told us, ‘This is a long-standing rule and basically it up to the punter to know the rules when he places the bet, this one is in place and mostly used for soccer games which can be called off and then refixed for months later so bookies shouldn’t be obliged to hold the bet for months on end.’
The punter however believes that consideration should be given to the fact that Covid was the cause of the delay and has filed a complaint with the independent arbitrator for the betting industry.