WORLD CUP: Bettors cash in on Suarez’s bite
A few saw this coming, and are richer for it.
Bettson, an online gambling site in Malta, is scrambling on Wednesday to cover bets it took on the likelihood of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup.
The odds were 175 to one.
Well, Suarez bit an opponent; sinking his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 79th minute of Uruguay’s 1-0 win.
There were exactly 167 people who took that bet, a bet that Suarez — who claimed after the match he’s comprised of “two different people,” one sane the other not, we suppose — would bite an opponent for the third time in his professional career.
The net payout was a cool $74,872, according to BBC News.
For Thomas Syversen, a Norwegian living in Trondheim some 8,500 kilometres from Natal, Brazil, Suarez’s chomp earned him more than $975 on a $5.50 bet.
“I had 32 Krone [Norway’s currency] on it,” Syversen told ESPN.com. “It was just for fun.”
WATCH: Replays of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez apparent bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini
The biggest individual award was $3,300, according to ESPN, and went to another prescient Norwegian.
A new wager is now forming at UK betting site Paddy Power: How long Suarez will be banned from FIFA competition. Soccer’s ruling body said early Wednesday had “charged” Suarez with the offence which likely means a lengthy suspension is coming.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 25, 2014
Suarez has already been sanctioned with a heavy ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the English Premier League in 2013.
And in 2010, Suarez received a seven match ban after biting an opposing player in the Dutch professional soccer league.
FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years.
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