Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

April 26, 2010 -

While UK bookmakers are infamous for taking bets on just about anything, a counterpart of theirs in Ireland is going a step further and accepting wagers on a videogame match.

Dublin-based Paddy Power is taking wagers on who will win a Super Street Fighter IV match between Ryan Hart and Femi Adeboye, billed as two of the UK’s “most respected players.” The match is scheduled for April 29 and will take place at Capcom’s European headquarters. Paddy Power will offer a live stream of the event.

Paddy Power’s own Paddy Power stated, “We wanted to offer sports fans and games players the ultimate thrill by offering the chance to win big on the outcome of a Super Street Fighter IV competition. If it proves popular, we'll open further books on other videogame competitions."

Hart is currently the favorite to win the match, going off at 1/3 odds, while Adeboye is at 2/1. Bettors can also wager on how long the best-of-three match lasts. Hart is considered a favorite to sweep the match 2-0, with odds of 5/6.

Capcom's Leo Tan added, "Hopefully this is the start of a new avenue for bookmakers, a new way for games players to enjoy their games and, potentially, a new way for the elite players to get the recognition they deserve."

Paddy Power’s site states that it will not accept registrations from the U.S.

Super Street Fighter IV is due for release in North America on April 27.


Comments

Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

If this catches on I think it will help propel video games fiurther into the mainstream.

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Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

On the other hand, to paraphrase/blatantly rip off Russel Howard, would you feel weird going into a bookies full of HUGE MEN to put some money where your Chun-Li is?

Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

put me down for 20 on Hart.

Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

Now all we need is Vegas betting on videogame and very casinos will copy this method of gambling!

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Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

And then gaming will have even more stigma attached to it. joy

Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

I know, just look at the stigma it's given sports and card games </sarcasm>

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Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Bookie Taking Action on Super Street Fighter IV Match

Last I checked sports and card games don't have people constantly looking for reasons to call for bans of both.

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