Politics By Graham Sharpe

Bookies Throughout EU Ref Day Of Reckoning

WITH WORLDWIDE betting interest in the EU Referendum, which could become the biggest political betting event ever, bookmakers William Hill will be taking bets throughout polling day.

As the polls opened, William Hill were mnaking 'Remain' their 2/9 favourite, equating to an 81% chance, with 'Leave' offered at 3/1, or 25%.

'We have been taking bets on the outcome of an EU Referendum since January 20, 2013, when a customer from Jersey staked £20 on 'Leave' - at that time the odds were 8/11 (57%) 'Remain, Evens,(50%) 'Leave', the closest they have ever been' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe,'Now there is some £20million riding on the outcome with fixed odds bookmakers.'

Hills say they have taken bets from clients in dozens of countries worldwide, including Andorra, Austria, Canada, Finland, Holand, Japan, Malta, Russia, Sweden,Switzerland, Ukraine.

The largest bet staked is one from a central based London woman who has placed her first ever bet on 'Remain' at odds of 2/5, staking £100,0000, for a potential profit of £40,000. On the 'Leave' side the largest bet is £10,000 from a different London woman, also with her first ever bet, at odds of 11/4, potentially making a profit of £27,500.

LATEST WILLIAM HILL REFERENDUM ODDS.......2/9 REMAIN (81% chance); 3/1 LEAVE (25%)

HOW WILL SCOTLAND VOTE?....1/16 REMAIN; 7/1 LEAVE

HOW WILL WALES VOTE?.....2/9 REMAIN; 3/1 LEAVE

HOW WILL ENGLAND VOTE?....1/4 REMAIN; 11/4 LEAVE

ENGLAND LEAVE+SCOTLAND REMAIN?- 10/3

WHAT WILL VOTER TURNOUT BE?......15/8 65.01-70%; 2/1 70.01-75; 7/2 60.01-65; 5/1 75.01-80; 10/1 Over 80%. Others on request

WHAT WILL 'REMAIN' POLL?.....11/8 50.01%; 9/4 55.01-60; 7/2 45.01-50; 8/1

WHAT WILL 'LEAVE' POLL?........11/8 45.01-50; 9/4 40.01-45; 7/2 50.01-55; 8/1 35.01-40.

WHEN WILL DAVID CAMERON CEASE TO BE PM?....11/4 By end of June; 6/4 by end of the year.

***************EU REF ODDITIES**************************

FIRST BET struck on the outcome of an EU REF: January 20, 2013 -  £20 Leave from Jersey client – possible profit £20

FIRST BET struck on EU Ref for Remain-Glasgow client; May 12, 2013 - £3 @ 2/5 – possible profit, £1.20

LARGEST BET struck- £100,000 by London woman placing first ever bet, at 2/5 – possible profit £40,000

LARGEST BET struck on Remain - £10,000 by (different) London woman placing first ever bet, at 11/4- possible profit £27,500

LONGEST ODDS Remain has been – 8/11; Shortest- 1/7

LONGEST ODDS Leave has been – 9/2; Shortest- Evens

Further information.......Graham Sharpe......0780 3233702