NEWS - Monday, April 26, 2010

Gambling Service Accepting Bets on SSFIV Match

Paddy Power, Ireland’s top destination for online gambling, has announced that it will allow betting on an upcoming Super Street Fighter IV match. This marks the first time the bookmaking site has offered odds on the outcome of a videogame event.
According to a report by CVG, Capcom’s European headquarters is set to host a championship fight between Ryan Hart and Femi Adeboye, two of the region’s best players. The bout will be streamed live on Paddy Power’s website this Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. (around 11:00 a.m. PST). The site is accepting bets on everything from the winner of the match to the duration of the shortest round.

"Videogames are as much a legitimate sport as any other," explained Paddy Power’s head of communications -- wait for it -- Paddy Power. "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."

Legitimate sport or no, you’ll find the Super Street Fighter IV tournament in the "novelty betting" section of Paddy Power’s website -- right alongside odds on which volcano will erupt next and which country will make first contact with aliens.



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