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.