Biggest Brit bet on Scottish 'no' vote

2014-06-10 15:33

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London - A punter staked £400 000 on Tuesday on Scotland voting against independence in the forthcoming referendum, in what is believed to be the largest political bet ever made in Britain, the bookmaker said.

The middle-aged man, from the English county of Surrey near London, placed the bet at odds of 1/4, meaning he stands to make a profit of £100 000 if Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom on 18 September.

"As far as we can ascertain, this is the biggest political bet ever struck," said Graham Sharpe, a spokesperson for national bookmaker William Hill, which took the wager at one of its London branches.

Sharpe did not name the punter but said he did not have a Scottish accent.

The previous record for a political wager was a £200 000 bet, also laid on a "No" vote but earlier in the campaign, the bookmaker said.

The latest polling data compiled by the Financial Times found 48% of Scotland's four million voters are against independence, compared to 35% in favour. Around 16% remain undecided.

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