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Paddy Partners at Barcelona Affiliate Conference

This week the Paddy Partners team will be attending the Barcelona Affiliate Conference and if you're going, we'd love to see you there. If you've been to an affiliate conference before you'll already know the Paddy Power stand is the place to be, so please drop by for a chat and a pint of Guinness. Just look out for the flying lucky pants!

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BOOKIES TIP OCTOBER TO BE HOTTEST AND DRIEST ON RECORD AFTER SCORCHING SEPTEMBER

(London, 30th September) Ask any salmon fisherman how they’ve got on in September and they’re likely to recount a sorry tale of woe, blaming poor conditions, low river levels and too many beers for feebly not catching a single fish. And no wonder, the UK has just recorded its driest September since records began, with only 19.4mm of the wet stuff (about a fifth of the normal level) falling across the month. Plus, if he’s had a couple already, don’t be surprised if our poor fisherman friend also blames heatstroke on why he couldn’t catch a cold, let alone a fish as temperatures soared to record breaking levels across the month.

Despite a splash of rain forecast for the weekend, bookmakers Paddy Power are tipping October to continue in the same vein offering 4/1 for it to be the driest on record, while being forced to slash the odds on it being the warmest on record from 6/1 into 3/1 with temperatures north of 20 degrees forecast for tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Paddy has also chopped the odds on a nationwide hosepipe ban in 2015 from 10/1 into 8/1 this morning despite the devastating floods only months ago.

Paddy Power’s great grandfather said: "Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can"

For full markets see below or click here: http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/weather/weather-specials?ev_oc_grp_ids=1151336

3/1 October to be the warmest on record

4/1 October to be the driest on record

8/1 Nationwide hosepipe ban in 2015

250-1 Pope Francis to baptise an alien

London / Dublin, 25th September 2014: Beware. There are spooky going-ons going on. On the day Nigel Farage comes out in support of team Europe at the Ryder Cup, the Pope’s astronomer reveals his belief there is definitely life beyond earth and how happy he would be to baptise monstrosities from beyond the stars.

The rather leftfield statement comes only months after the Pope himself said Martians would be welcomed into the church which got Paddy thinking. Firstly, why does the Pope need an astronomer. Secondly, what are the odds for the Pope to meet ET while he’s in the hat seat.

Fans of Scottish football should look away now. The bookmaker makes it 100/1 for Francis to announce he’s met an alien, while it’s 125/1 for the Tartan Army to lift the 2016 European cup. And if that wasn’t weird enough, Paddy is also offering 250/1 for Pope Francis to baptise an alien during his reign.

In other weird news astronomers (presumably not the Pope’s) have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of a planet that orbits a star 120 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus. While it’s an unlikely 200/1 for life to be found on the catchily named HAT-P-11b, that’s a hell of a lot better than the 5000/1 on offer for San Marino for Euro glory.

Paddy Power said: “Astronomer wanted. Duties include upkeep of Paddy Power meteorite collection. Apply within.”

100/1 Pope Francis to confirm via public address that he has encountered an extra-terrestrial being during his papacy
200/1 Alien life forms to be discovered on HAT-P-11b by the end of 2015
250/1 Pope Francis to baptise an extra-terrestrial being during his papacy
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/novelty-bets/alien-existence

LAST CHANCE TO IMPRESS FOR RYDER CUP SPOTS

London, August 27th: 8 of the 9 automatic qualification spots for team Europe finalised, and this is the final weekend to impress Captain Paul McGinley. The numerical wizards at Paddy Power have been looking at who is going to make the cut, and who will be taking McGinley off their Christmas card list.

With the Deustche Bank beginning on a Friday and finishing on Monday, the FedEx Cup event in Boston will not count in the European Ryder Cup points. This means Stephen Gallacher, who takes part in the Italian Open, is the only player who can push Graeme McDowell out of the automatic qualification spots.

No matter what the outcome it would be a huge shock if GMac wasn’t in the 12-strong team come Tuesday’s announcement. If the Irishman is to be squeezed out by Gallacher, he should still get a wildcard pick and looks a certainty at 1/33 to qualify.

Gallacher is a 4/6 chance to qualify for the team. But if he fails to finish in the top 2 this weekend, he will fight it out with 3 English stalwarts, among others, for the remaining 3 Ryder Cup places. Ian Poulter 1/10, Luke Donald 3/10 and Lee Westwood 4/5, will all play in the Deustche Bank Championship, knowing that a good performance could secure them a Captain’s Pick.

Amongst the outsiders to get the nod are Francesco Molinari at 11/2 and Joost Luiten at 9/1 who will both play in Italy. While in the States, Paul Casey is 7/1 to make the team and cap of a great return to form.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “It looks like McGinley will have monster of a decision to make, go for the player in the best form and pick Gallacher, or show teeny-tiny golf balls and stick to the tried and trusted and pick the 3 English men.”

Turning to the FedEx Cup, Rory didn’t win last week, that was a change, but he is still red hot favourite at 9/2 for the Deustche Bank tournament. Trailing the world number 1 in the betting are the usual suspects of Adam Scott at 12/1, Jason Day at 16/1 and Henrik Stenson at 18/1. Although Rickie Fowler must be thinking what does he need to do to get a win around here, with another top 10 last week, he must be considered at 18/1 to win the event or 13/8 to be in the top ten.

Deutsche Bank Championship Link to Market:
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/golf/deutsche-bank-championship

Open d’Italia Link to Market:
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/golf/italian-open

Ryder Cup European Qualification Link to Market:
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/golf/ryder-cup-qualification

UNITED NEED VAN GAAL OF A MIRACLE NOW

(London 27th August) So another match passes and still no win for Van Gaal, United fans could be excused for thinking the Dutchman is chasing after some of Moyes’ records rather than re-establishing the side as a top four contender. Getting in on the action, Paddy Power have a match bet between the two gaffers with Van Gaal to outlast Moyes as Man Utd manager at just 1/14 (previously out at 1/20). The Dutchman has also seen his odds slashed to just 9/1 from 14/1 to leave the club this year and from 6/1 to 9/2 to see him leave in 2015 after a third disappointing performance on the trot.

Following United’s humiliation at the Stadium MK last night, fans and players alike were quick to twitter to rub salt into United’s wounds. Emmanuel Frimpong was one of the first joking that he might turn up to trials at Carrington. Never one to miss a bet Paddy is offering odds of 33/1 for the free agent Frimpong to do just that and turn up on Monday for a try out, he’s on at 66/1 to then sign for United before the window closes.

As for new signings and after a poor start to the season the bookmaker is offering 5/2 that Van Gaal won’t be able to bag any more players before the transfer deadline closes, the number crunchers have even priced up new signing Di Maria to put in a transfer request by the last game of the season at 33/1. But if it’s an extra player United need, then punters can stick their money on a fairly juicy 40/1 for Van Gaal to publicly ask Howard Webb to come out of retirement and return to the game, so the lads can benefit from an occasional 12th man out on the field.

Some fella Hansen once said ‘you never win anything with kids’ and after last night’s performance, albeit a few years late, he might actually be right this time. Maybe it’s time for the old boys to show the new bunch how it’s done. Paddy Power is currently offering 16/1 for the famed coach of ’92 Eric Harrison to come back and train the new ‘kids’ to success with prices available at 50/1 for any of the Class of ’92 to dust off their boots and come out of retirement to play a league game for Manchester United, be it Beckham, Scholes, Giggs or Gary and Phil.

In a bid of desperation the bookmaker has also priced up the odds of the United oracle himself, Sir Alex Ferguson to return as the gaffer and manage Man United this season at just 20/1.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said “ Only three games in and the first cup has gone, the 7/2 price for a first round knock-out from the FA Cup seems a fairly decent shout now.”

Man United/Van Gaal specials:

1/14 Van Gaal to outlast Moyes as Man United manager
5/2 Man United to make no further permanent signings by 11pm on Sept 1st
9/2 Van Gaal to leave United in 2015
8/1 Rooney to leave in either this or the January transfer window (permanent deal only)
9/1 Van Gaal to leave United in 2014
16/1 For Eric Harrison to be appointed team coach
20/1 Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and manage Man United this season in a competitive game
20/1 Rio and QPR to finish above Man United at the end of the season
33/1 Di Maria to officially hand in a transfer request by the last game of the season
33/1 Frimpong to show up at Carrington on Monday
40/1 Van Gaal to publicly request Howard Webb returns from retirement in a post-match interview
50/1 For any of Beckham, Scholes, Giggs, Phil or Gary Neville to play a competitive game for Man united this season
66/1 Frimpong to sign for Man United

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL – BETTING PREVIEW

London, August 27th: Film Festival season is underway in Venice this week, as movie directors go in search of this year’s Golden Lion. The film buff number crunchers at Paddy Power have been hard at work pricing up the winner of this year’s festival’s main prize.

Leading the way in the betting is the Danish documentary “The Look of Silence”, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, who is the 7/2 favourite to lift the Golden Lion.

Following this is the biographical film “Pasolini”, at odds of 5/1 to take the award. The movie stars William Dafoe as the Italian philosopher and directed by American Abel Ferrara.

While possibly the most anticipated release at the event is the star studded movie Birdman, which includes A-listers Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and funnyman Zach Galifianakis. The comedy-drama is 7/1 to walk away with the prestigious award.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “As if normal film premieres weren’t glamorous enough, the Venice glitterati arrive by their flash boats, so it’s going to be hard for us to gate-crash this ceremony.”

Venice Film Festival Link to Market:
http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/hollywood/venice-film-festival

THE BUSH IS BACK AND IS AT 7/4 TO TOP ALBUM CHARTS

London, August 27th: After 35 years, the Bush is back, Kate Bush that is and the eccentric singer was welcomed by a packed house in the Hammersmith Apollo last night. Following the return to stage the music loving number crunchers at Paddy Power have been hard at work to see what will happen next in Kate’s resurgent career.

Following her first live show in three and a half decades, her album The Whole Story (Greatest Hits), is on at odds of 7/4 to return to the top of the BBC Radio One album chart this week. While the prospects of her topping the bill as headline act at Glastonbury 2015 are on at 6/1 with Paddy Power.

Kate bossed the charts back in the day and who better for the returning star to team up with than the current Queen of Pop, Beyoncé - they are 25/1 to do a duet on stage this year.

We just hope she can keep the energy going for the next 21 shows. Kate is 8/1 not to finish her scheduled concerts at the Apollo in 2014.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said that: “After a triumphant return to the stage last night Kate could literally do anything next. Going by the crowd’s reaction she’s more popular than most MP’s right now, so we go 100/1 for her to stand in the next general election.”

Kate Bush Specials:
6/1 Kate Bush to headline Glastonbury 2015
8/1 Kate Bush not to complete her scheduled concerts at Hammersmith Apollo in 2014
7/4 The Whole Story (Greatest Hits) to be BBC Radio One album chart no 1 this week
25/1 Kate Bush to duet on stage with Beyonce this year
8/1 Kate Bush to be made a Dame by the end of 2016
100/1 Kate Bush to stand to be an MP in the next general election

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Paddy's Great Poker Giveaway

There is still time to join in with Paddy's great giveaway with over €60,000 in free tournaments and start promoting poker this August. There is a €20,000 tournament every Sunday, and all players have to do is make a minimum deposit during the week to qualify. Freerolls are a great way for new players to get involved in poker - as they get the chance of winning something for nothing!

Tournament Date - Time - Qualify Deposit - Prize
Sunday 17th August - 5pm - 8-14th Aug - €20,000
Sunday 24th August - 5pm - 15-21st Aug - €20,000
Sunday 31st August - 5pm - 22-28th Aug - €20,000

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Bingo: We've Launched Our Newbie Room

We've launched our Newbie Room! New customers will get 10 days of free bingo when they stake a minimum of £1/€1.
The Newbie room offers prizes of up to £/€20 per game.
The Room runs Monday- Saturday: 12pm-1pm and 7pm-9pm, and Sunday: 9am-10am.
This is a great new incentive for players and promises to encourage lots of new player sign ups.