Archive for Saturday, July 7, 2007

Firm pays out bets after ‘wrong’ Gore arrested

July 7, 2007

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— Ireland's top bookmaker, Paddy Power PLC, paid out more than $13,500 on Friday to people who bet that Al Gore would be arrested. Trouble was, the company neglected to specify which one.

The former U.S. vice president and global warming activist was rated as a 14-to-1 outsider in a list of American celebrities likely to be arrested next. On Wednesday - the day after the betting went live on Paddy Power's Web site - Gore's 24-year-old son, Al Gore III, was arrested and charged with illegally possessing marijuana and prescription drugs.

Paddy Power said it was paying out winnings to about 50 people because it had failed to identify which Gore it meant. "We got a good stoning," the Dublin-based company said in a statement.

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