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Drinks are on us; net prophet.

Byline: Alex Hankin

LOW-ROLLERS like myself need to keep an eye on the pennies, so it was horrifying to see the accounting system at everyone's favourite betting exchange has been shortchanging me to the tune of literally one or two pence during the World Cup puntathon.

I'd promised, you'll have forgotten, to have some WC bets with Betfair as a reciprocal courtesy if they undertook a trifling domestic chore for me.

I've kept my part of the bargain. I notice with some regret that the putting-out-of-my-bins-on-Sunday-night side of the deal is still on hold, but what really wounds is the BF practice of rounding up commission charges to the nearest penny.

According to the helpdesk, such rounding is always UP, never down, meaning that miniature punters like me will regularly pay more than the five per cent base commission. I calculate that over the course of my punting year that could add up to as much as 10 shiny new pence.

I'm proud to announce that this sum is small beer in the net prophet cubicle - but multiply by thousands of users, and it's several cases of big champers. The drinks are on me (and you). Now what about those bins?
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2006
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