Politics - US By Graham Sharpe

Hot Favourite Hillary Attracts £150,000 Bet As US Election Smashes Record Turnover

A WILLIAM HILL London-based telephone client staked £150,000 on Hillary Clinton to win the US Election with William Hill on Monday morning. The Democrat candidate is going into US Election polling day as red hot favourite at odds of 1/5 (83% chance), with Hills, while Donald Trump is offered at 7/2 (22%).

'The US Election campaign has smashed all previous Election betting records, with the biggest betting turnover for any political event, with £20million riding on the outcome industry-wide' says Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'William Hill alone are about to exceed a £4m turnover for the first time on any political event, and with the result still too close to call we anticipate a political bets bonanza in the closing hours of the Election campaign.

'We have already seen massive bets for Hillary Clinton – one female online client has the largest election bet ever of 550,000 euros riding on her (almost half a million pounds) and will make a profit of 220,000 if she wins; another, from Durham, has staked £183,200 on her and over the weekend we took in London a £50,000, and two £30,000, bets for her. Two Moscow-based clients have also staked five figure bets on her. A Liverpool customer will collect £49,594 should Hillary win.'

William Hill say that 69% of the individual bets they have taken have been for Donald Trump, but 74% of all the stake money is for Hillary Clinton. 'The campaign has mirrored Brexit in that there have been far more individual bets for the outsider, but the biggest bets have been on the favourite.'

There has, though, also been big money support for Donald Trump; Two of Hill's clients will be £100,000 better off if Trump wins – John Mappin from Cornwall, and a Nottingham man, who has staked £37,000 on him. A Halifax customer who bet £5000 doubling up Brexit with a Trump win will be £39,125 better off if he wins. Three of Hill's clients backed Trump when he was an unfancied 150/1 shot – a Devonian for £1; £16.67 from a Leicestershire client, and £50 from a Northern Ireland customer.


HILLARY'S MARGIN OF VICTORY?....Evens Under 5%; 11/5 5-9.99%; 13/2 10% or more.

SELECTED STATES (Others available on request)...ARIZONA.. 2/5 Rep; 7/4 Dem... FLORIDA... 7/4 Rep; 2/5 Dem... IOWA- 2/7 Rep, 5/2 Dem... N CAROLINA- 5/6 Rep, 5/6 Dem... OHIO... 8/15 Rep, 11/8 Dem