Bets on who killed Derek Branning have almost all been reimbursed due to the character dying from a heart attack rather than being - as previously expected - murdered.
[Derek Branning and brother Max, who was wrongly rumoured to be Derek's murderer]
The bookmakers, rather than reimbursing, did pay out for bets on Derek being his own killer, with odds for that option going from 33/1 in October to 5/2 by the time the show started.
A spokesman for William Hill, Joe Crilly, said: "Derek had enough enemies to justify his murder but it seemed that nature did everyone a favour. Years of tough living took their toll and so we paid out on him and refunded on everyone else."
Bets are already being taken on next year's EastEnders Christmas episode, with William Hill offering 10/1 that someone gets killed on Christmas Day next year.
This year EastEnders won the Christmas day ratings battle against Coronation Street.