Paddy Power pay out heartbroken Mayo fans betting on 2018 All-Ireland win for their ‘ridiculous optimism’
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Paddy Power pay out heartbroken Mayo fans betting on 2018 All-Ireland win for their ‘ridiculous optimism’

IT has been a torrid week for fans of Mayo GAA – but not if you were one of lucky heartbroken few who bet on the Westerners to make up for it in 2018.

A quartet of optimistic Mayo fans backed their boys to finally bring home the Sam Maguire Cup this time next year – despite their agonising last-gasp loss to Dublin on Sunday.

The four – who placed bets between €2 and €50 at odds of 5/1 – will benefit to the tune of €360 following Paddy Power’s pay-out.

The Irish gambling site said they were rewarding the fans for their “ridiculous optimism” in the face of overwhelming odds against the Green and Red Army.

A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “No sporting fans have experienced more hurt than this generation of Mayo supporters but like the team they just keep coming back and are a credit to their county.

“It takes a hell of an optimist to throw money behind this side following yet another heart-breaking loss and we felt obliged to ensure that these fans would be in the green and not the red following their show of faith.”

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Paddy Power are also taking bets on worldwide events which could happen before Mayo next win the All-Ireland Football Championship – if it ever happens.

It’s 5/1 for Alien life to be discovered before the curse is ended and 33/1 for Enda Kenny to be the President before Sam Maguire finds itself residing in Castlebar.

Other odds include the Virgin Mary to appear again at Knock at 4/1 and Liverpool to win the Premier League at a slightly optimistic 5/6.

Dublin are 10/11 favourites to land a fourth title in a row in 2018 with Kerry considered their biggest rivals for Sam at 7/2.

Mayo lie third in the betting at 5/1 while Tyrone round off the front runners at odds of 9/1.