It was a bumper week for one inspired Sky Bet customer last week, who selected three-figure ‘RequestABet’ winners on both Monday and Tuesday.
Liam Fitzpatrick tweeted Sky Bet last Monday to request a price for Romelu Lukaku to score a hat-trick against Sunderland and Everton to win 3-0 and was offered odds of 300/1. Lukaku obliged with three goals in 11 second half minutes.
Following that success, Fitzpatrick got in touch with them again on Tuesday, asking for odds on a treble for Sergio Aguero and Manchester City to win 4-0, which came in at odds of 125/1. Aguero scored three times to put City 3-0 up against Borussia Monchengladbach, before Kelechi Iheanacho scored the golden goal in injury time.
Those two selections cost the company in excess of £500,000 and sparked a rush of similar requests, particularly around Manchester United’s Europa League trip to Feyenoord, although to date Sky Bet has escaped further punishment.
RequestABet enables you to place accumulator-style bets on markets within a game, which you would otherwise be unable to place because of related contingency rules.
Since the start of the season, Sky Bet have rolled out their RequestABet tool which allows customers to select from a range of markets on all televised matches to build their own accumulator, offering combinations on match result, players to score or be carded, both teams to score and the number of corners or bookings in the game.
If customers are unable to find what they are looking for they still have the option of getting in touch via social media and requesting a price, just as Mr Fitzpatrick did so successfully last week. A Sky Bet spokesman told us:
“The product has proved hugely popular with a wide range of customers, from those who like to attack the shorter-priced selections such as a goal and 4 or more corners in each half, to those who are happy to stake a couple of pounds in a bid to win big.
“For bigger odds, customers who like to restrict themselves to small stakes will typically back three or four players to be carded or a first goalscorer and first player carded double, such as the 100/1 winner in the derby between Newcastle and Sunderland in March, when Jermain Defoe scored the opening goal and Jack Colback was the first name in the book. That resulted in one of our most expensive pay-outs since we started offering RequestABet on the 2015 Champions League final.”
How To Request A Bet
Open an account with Sky Bet, then simply get in touch with @Skybet on Twitter or Facebook to request your bet using the hashtag #RequestABet
Requested bets are then added to the ‘Specials’ market of the match in question – so that you can bet on your request, or anyone else’s that you fancy:
We recommend that you get your bet request in at least an hour before kick-off.
And RequestABet is not just limited to football – you can request a bet on any sport: