Negative Betting

Subject: Re: Booker Prize special
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 13:37:45 +0100 (BST)
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To: Peter Fletcher [email]

Dear Mr Fletcher,

Thank you for your e-mail.

I regret to inform you that this is a bet we will not be covering.

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us again and
we will be more than happy to help you.

Yours sincerely,

Customer Services

Original Message Follows:

You have odds for the Longlisted Booker titles both for outright winner
and to reach the shortlist.

Would it be possible to receive odds for the inverse, i.e. I would like to
bet that e.g. On Chesil Beach will NOT reach the shortlist (the current
odds make this tempting).

I have spoken to one of your helpful telephone consultants, who was
very informative and helpful. I am aware that this sort of bet is “negative”,
but he advised me to write and ask just in case.