Stunning Bayern v Arsenal #RequestABet costs Sky Bet £350k

#RequestABet feature hits bookmaker hard


Arsenal went to Germany for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen fixture against heavyweights Bayern Munich as underdogs in midweek. Arsenal’s position was understandable against one of the tournament favourites. At half time in the match up at the Allianz Arena, things weren’t looking too bad for the Premier League side as they were holding their hosts to a 1-1 draw.

But then came a collapse of epic proportions. Immediately after the break, Bayern Munich showed their true class by putting on an unplayable 45 minutes of football. It was incredible stuff from them as they pulled out to a 5-1 victory in the match and now Arsenal are left looking at a Champions League Last 16 exit for the seventh season in a row. It leaves Arsene Wenger seriously weighing up his future at the club as well. But for one punter at Sky Bet, Arsenal’s collapse wasn’t a bad thing.

Sky Bet have taken betting to a new level with their fantastic #RequestABet feature, which allows you to ask for a bet to be struck with the bookmaker. For example that could 6 yellow cards in a game and over 7 corners or something as a Sky Bet #RequestABet. You dream it up, you ask.

A Sky Bet punter named Max Reid went and asked for a simple #RequestABet at Sky Bet for Bayern Munich v Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, requesting Robert Lewandowski to score a header and Arsenal to miss a penalty in the game and Sky Bet gave him odds of 400/1.

In the 30th minute of the game, Alexis Sanchez stepped up to get Arsenal back in the game from the penalty spot to tie the game up at 1-1. He actually missed the spot-kick, but scored with the rebound, so that was half of the #RequestABet done for the punter.

Then Sky Bet’s worst fears were realised as Robert Lewandowski headed home a cross from Philipp Lahm to put the hosts back in front. So Reid’s £5 stake on the #RequestABet at Sky Bet Landed him a £2000 win, but he would have been unaware of the total damage this his #RequestABet would have done for the bookmaker. Sky Bet announced that with other punters jumping in on the bet, it cost them around £350,000 in total.

Each week you can claim a free £5 bet with bookmaker SkyBet. This is because they run their great Sky Bet Club which is open to all punters. After opening an account with the bookmaker (where you can claim a free £20 bet bonus) you can go and opt in to the Sky Bet Club. There, just make £25 worth of qualifying bets each week before 11.59:59 pm on Sunday evening and you will be credited with a free £5 bet to use! Just stay in the club by making the qualifying bets each week and you can keep collecting the free bets!

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