Paddy Power has weighed in on customers’ frustrations of cancelled trains this festive period and has begun taking bets on Southern Railway train cancellations.
The bookmaker is offering odds of 5/1 that one of Southern's services will be cancelled on Christmas Eve.
A spokesman said: "The news has been dominated recently by Southern's failures and we wanted to rail back against them.
"After all, this is a company who have just announced yet another price hike for 2017 - it's about time we told them to take a hike of their own.
"This way, if commuters are stuck on Christmas Eve, at least they'll get some money in their pocket."
The stunt is just the latest in a series of tongue-in-cheek moves from the betting firm and builds on its reputation for never shying away from controversy.