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Dog Racing: Paddy Power each-way rules so confusing; ODDS AND DOGS.

I WONDER just how much punter cash Paddy Power are holding in the form of sleepers from its shop customers who are oblivious to their rules in the settling of each-way bets when there is a field of four or fewer runners?

The generally accepted ruling in this instance is that the entire stake (i.e. the individual win and place stakes) is on the runner to win.

So a pounds 5 each-way bet on a greyhound in an advertised six-runner race which is then subject to a couple of non-runners leaving a field of four, sees the bet become a pounds 10 win; no place is offered.

And, indeed, this is the case with all bets struck with Paddy Power online as their rule clearly states: "All races of less than five runners - place money goes on to win."

In their shops, however, the Dublin-based firm enforce a totally different rule in this instance: "All races of less than five runners - place part of the bet is void and stake refunded."

Industry-wide this is virtually unheard of hence the suggestion that must be sitting on plenty of unclaimed bets, but I suppose if a bookmaker can move the goal posts with prices based on previous results as in the case of Manny Cook - see separate below - then anything goes.

What is baffling, though, is why the firm has two separate rulings concerning the same subject depending on how and where your bet was struck? And what happens to bets struck via the phone, I suppose they're settled as losers even if the selection wins!
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 16, 2007
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