Hibs fans cleaned out their own club’s sponsor Marathonbet, hitting the bookies to the tune of £32,000 with their victory over Rangers.
And, it was revealed today, there were so many winning punters Marathonbet were unable to payout at their Easter Road kiosks after they ran out of money.
However, happy fans have been assured they can collect their winnings before tomorrow night’s League Cup quarter final against Dundee United or on line at http://hisclaim.marathonbet.co.uk
Alan Stubbs side brought Rangers perfect start to the season to a shuddering halt with odds of 55/1 top scorer Jason Cummings claiming the first goal in a 2-1 win for Hibs proving too good to resist for many supporters.
Today Shaun Simmonds, sponsorship manager at Marathonbet said: “With Rangers winning their opening 11 league games, even the most ardent Hibs fan would be over the moon with this result.
“Despite taking a massive hit, we’re as thriled as we always are when Hibs win - although another 4-0 home win with David Gray getting the first goal like last season would have been more favourable.”
Other popular selections on Sunday included Hibs to win and both teams to score at 6/1 and Cummings to score any time and Hibs to win at 8/1.
Simmonds said: “We apologise profusely to the fans that couldn’t collect their winnings in cash on the day. Collecting in cash on the day of the game is a relatively rare service for us to be able to offer, and the number of fans waitin to collect in cash caught us off guard on this occasion.
“We anticipated a large uptake in bets for this fisture and had a double float prepared to cover the payouts, but we were undone by the volume of optimistic Hibs fans that cashed in on our prices. Our customer service team is working round the clock to ensure that all customers can get theri winnings as soon as possible.”
Paul Hanlon’s header made it eight wins from their last nine league games for Hibs and Simmonds added: “You’re always taking a risk when two teams meet in such form, but Cummings’ fantastic opening goal has cost us this week.”
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