Ladbrokes is reporting that a "senior record industry figure" has tried to place a bet of £1 Million by telephone today on Band Aid 20 reaching Christmas Number One.
As previously reported many bookmakers are no longer taking bets on which single will hit the prestigious Number 1 slot as it’s considered that the Band Aid 20 single is such a dead cert. However this hasn’t stopped one music industry insider trying his/her best to get a piece of the action.
"The customer tried to stake £1 million on Band Aid at odds of 1/5 but we turned down the bet,” Ladbrokes spokesman Warren Lush said, “We offered him the opportunity to place a smaller bet but he said it was £1 million or nothing.
"If he were to have had the bet he would have won £200,000, taking home £1.2 million. He remarked that it was better interest than that offered by a bank or building society. We didn't take the bet as it seems like it will take a miracle for it not to go to number one. The customer wishes to stay anonymous at this stage."It’s not known whether the person in question would have donated their winnings to the Band Aid Trust, or whether they were just a greedy, opportunist fuckwit trying to immorally illicit some cash from a purely charitable cause and generally acting like a massive wanker.
In related news following the recording of the Band Aid 20 single last night, the tracks odds to his Number 1 were cut today (November 15) from 1/5 to 1/8.
The new Ladbrokes odds for the Christmas Number One are:
Band Aid (1/8)
Ronan Keating and Cat Stevens (10/1)
X Factor Winner (16/1)
Robbie Williams (20/1)
The Undertones (25/1)
Ricky Gervais and Noel Gallagher (25/1)
Kylie Minogue (25/1)
Paul Holt (25/1)
Girls Aloud (25/1)
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