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Coral punter lands 1000/1 bet on Judd Trump winning World Championship

Customer backed Trump to triumph in 1998

A truly savvy Coral customer has landed a 1000/1 bet on Judd Trump to win the World Snooker Championship that was over 20 years in the making.

Racing journalist Neil Morrice placed a £10 bet with Coral in 1998 on Trump to win snooker’s biggest prize before 2020, having seen an eight-year-old Trump in action at the Keynsham snooker club, near Bristol.

The 62-year-old almost landed the £10,000 payout when Trump took on John Higgins at the Crucible in the final five years ago. However, the Scotsman won by 18 frames to 15.

It was second time lucky for Trump and Morrice, after the Bristol-born star beat Higgins 18-9 on Sunday to win his first world title.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “Neil first saw Judd Trump in action when his 12-year-old son played a frame against him, and at the time he was so young he needed to stand on a box to reach the table.

“Having spotted his star potential so early, he was quick to place his bet at 1,000/1 that Judd would win the World Championship before his 30th birthday.

“His foresight almost paid off in 2011, but thanks to John Higgins we escaped the payout that year, but there was a different and much happier outcome this year.”

Winning punter Morrice said: “Judd looked something special even as an eight-year-old.

“So I’ve been following his career closely from the start.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride… in 2011 he made the final against, of all people, John Higgins, looked as if he was going to win it and then of course lost.

“He was so cool and so relaxed in the final yesterday, playing sensational snooker, both attacking and defending, so it really was no surprise to see him eventually prevail”

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