If you missed the Kentucky Derby, don’t know enough about basketball to wager on the NBA playoffs and wouldn’t waste two bucks betting on the Cleveland Browns winning more than one game next season, here’s another option:
You still can bet on whether Donald Trump will convert to Islam.
The odds against that are 50-1, according Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker that mainly handles wagers on sporting events. The book on next year’s Super Bowl, for instance, has the Patriots favored at 11-2, the Bengals at 33-1 and the Browns dead last at 200-1.
But it also accepts bets on all sorts of other possibilities, many of which involve Trump. Guessing what our president might do next is so world-widely popular, in fact, that Paddy Power is looking for someone exclusively to handle the bets about him. Among them:
- That he will confirm having had hair surgery, whatever that is (2-1).
- That he will announce that alien life exists (20-1).
- That he will have an airport in Mexico named after him (66-1).
- That he will come out as gay (100-1).
- That he will campaign to have his face added to Mount Rushmore (100-1)
- That he will grow a Hitler mustache (150-1).
- That he will dye his hair red, white and blue (200-1).
- That he will surgically enhance his hands (500-1).
You also could bet on a second Trump term (3-2), although you might want to take into account that the odds of him still being in office by the end of this year are 3-1. Or you could bet on his successor. Your choices include Mike Pence (5 -2), Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton (both 14-1), Oprah Winfrey (33-1) and Beyonce (200-1). A definite longshot is Kim Kardashian at 275-1.
Some of the wagers previously proposed by Paddy Power have prompted more acrimony than action. In 2008 it gave 16-1 odds that Barack Obama would not finish his first term, raising concerns that it was speculating on a possible assassination. It also showed questionable taste by offering wagers on when polar bears would disappear from our planet, which would be the first species to become extinct as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the outcome of the trial in South Africa of Olympian Oscar Pretorius. And currently pushing the envelope are odds on the successor to Pope Francis; candidates range from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines (5-1) to Bono (1,000-1).
But no daily double on whether Kim Kardashian will become Pope AND President.
Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.