Absolute Rubbish from William Hill. The bets are not related at all. Jacko could have won MOS and Salford could have been relegated at the same time. I think something similar was close with George Fairbairn and Wigan a fair few years ago. I certainly wouldn't touch William Hill based on this
The papers are starting to pick it up. I’m no expert on this at all but a key point for me seems to be that Hastings was leading MoS when Salford were outside the top 5 so the two definitely don’t go hand in hand.
Salford finishing in the top 5 has little to no impact on Hastings MoS prospects under the points system. Hastings winning MoS possibly does have an impact on Salford finishing in the top 5 though (although it’s dubious under this new points system) and that will be their angle I imagine.
My mate was a bookie and he says the bet shouldn't have been accepted (based on the fact that if Hastings was in running for MOS it's likely Salford would be doing well, hence the "associated bet" or whatever they call it). In those cases Bookies don't just add together the 2 individual bets, they offer you a reduced odds double instead (typically so it works in their favour and they pay out less). Personally, I think it stinks but technically that's the way it works.
If someone is brave/insane enough to place a bet like that they deserve not to get shafted by the Bookies. Like many have pointed out.... would Hills have been chasing those guys if the bet went down to refund them their stake due to staff incompetency? Would they f*ck!!!