THE other day there was a news story about someone putting £200,000 on a ‘No’ vote for next year’s referendum campaign at a William Hill betting shop in Glasgow. But now we discover that Hills refused a £1000 bet on a ‘Yes’ vote from a punter in Paisley.
The man then took himself off to the office of Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, to tell him the story.
On his own website Mr Adam told the story.
‘I was very surprised that one of my constituents wanted to show me his betting line but after he explained the situation I became very interested.
‘I was then told that he had tried to put a £1000 bet on the referendum outcome at William Hill in Gilmour Street in Paisley. After a member of staff made a few phone calls the constituent was told that the maximum amount they would accept was a bet of £250.
This from the same chain of shops that accepted the £200,000 bet on a ‘No’ vote.
‘This is not the only betting shop to refuse a bet according to my constituent. Coral in Gauze Street in Paisley refused a £2000 bet and would only allow a wager of £200 to be placed, once again after phone calls to management.
‘It seems both these large chains are happier to accept money for the ‘No’ vote.
‘I think they’re more confident of holding on to that money.’
Although they are not always right, bookmakers don't make a habit of taking silly bets. A £200,000 bet is lot to pay out on... so if I were a bookie, I'd need to be pretty sure that I won't have to before I'd accept it.