Blog – Paddy Power Reverse of Withdrawals, Snooker and Irish National

Roy The Boy blog looks at how Paddy Power keep you betting, Snooker and Ireland winning the Irish Grand National.

Power’s unannounced U-turn on withdrawals is tantamount to aiding problem gamblers to gamble.

It wasn’t that long ago I was singing the praises of Paddy Power who had emailed me asking if I would like to remove the option to ‘reverse’ withdrawals request from my online account.  Here’s the story: - take note of the phrase ‘responsible gambling’.

You can guess what happened this week. Had a nice win, cashed out, returned to the site a day later to be informed I could change my mind about having my money sent back to my bank-account.

Naturally, once that was lost I was on to customer support explaining how this optional feature had mysteriously turned itself back on and how I want, as I have at Bet365, no option to change my mind about banking my money a day later.

I paraphrase here but the reply was: “No, we don’t support that feature anymore. You cannot request to have the cash reversal feature removed from your account, it has been that way since we adopted our software!

To me this is heading down the lines of admitting you can get in trouble with your gambling habits and you would like a weekly loss/deposit limit applied to your account.  Months later, without warning, you discover you can deposit and lose as much as you like once again.  It is not on!

7/2 The Rocket to fly high

Snooker’s China Open, the last ranking tournament before the World Championship and very important in terms of where the top seeds will be placed in the draw for ‘the big one’ starts next Monday.

I’m convinced Ronnie O’Sullivan is rarely at his best when playing away from the UK’s shores (the stats underline that) but such is his current vein of form, you have to think he has an outstanding chance in this event.  This is a competition which features a longer format than most with opening round games being a race to 6. That suits our Ronnie.

Anyway, ‘The Rocket’ is 15/8 at William Hill, but a remarkable 7/2 is available at Sportingbet.  I cannot see the price holding up and fancy him or not, it’s a ‘back to lay’ proposition. Just make sure you have ‘non-runner no-bet’ proviso with this bet/firm.

Ireland win the National?

After a Cheltenham Festival like Ireland had, it seems inevitable the Irish will land the 2018 Grand National.  As it happens Mullins, Elliott, Morris, Martin & Co. are responsible for my National fancies.

Willie Mullins must think something of Total Recall to have put it in the Gold Cup. Anibale finished third in that showpiece steeplechase; he has to be fancied on that form.  I love three-time Festival winner Tiger Roll and he is taking the same route as Gordon Elliott’s National winner, Silver Birch.  I’m not so certain about Cause of Causes but he’s trading under 20’s as is Bellshill who I also like.

All-in-all there’s plenty of Irish horses at the head of the betting and I believe that makes William Hill’s 15/8 about the winner being trained in Ireland a great proposition.