Millions Bet On US Election - But Bookies Lose Out
THE US ELECTION was the biggest political betting event ever, say bookmakers William Hill, who took £5million of bets on the outcome, but it left them with a six figure hangover after 70% of political punters speculating on the outcome opted to back Donald Trump to win, despite the fact that he was a 150/1 outsider when he first emerged as a potential candidate.
'The good news is that betting on politics is booming like never before - the bad news is that we seem to have some very shrewd customers betting on it - and a six figure loss on this market can now be added to losing outcomes on the recent EU Referendum, the last General Election and the Labour leadership campaign' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
TO WIN NEXT US ELECTION....8/11 Democrats; Evens Republicans
THE DONALD'S NEXT MOVES.......4/6 TO BE OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN 2020
8/1 TO BUILD A WALL COVERING ENTIRE US-MEXICO BORDER
DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST STATE VISIT?...3/1 Russia; 4/1 Canada; 6/1 UK; 7/1 China/France/Germany; 9/1 Mexico/Slovenia; 16/1 Cuba/Israel; 66/1 N Korea. Others on request.
WHEN WILL DONALD FIRST COME TO UK? - 8/11 2017; 13/8 2018; 5/1 2019 OR LATER
FOLLOWING DONALD TRUMP's victory, bookmakers William Hil have seen substantial support for Marine Le Pen to win the forthcoming French Presidential Election, and have cut her odds from 6/1 to 2/1 second favourite, behind 4/6 favourite Alain Juppe.
'Political punters clearly sense a connection between the recent Brexit and Trump outcomes and suspect that the French may be ready to cause a political shock result' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
WILLIAM HILL:TO WIN FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; 4/6 Juppe; 2/1 Le Pen; 8/1 Sarkozy; 12/1 Macron; 20/1 Hollande
A WOMAN from Covent Garden in London was relieved to see Hillary Clinton fail to become President - as she stands to win £20,000 if Hillary's daughter, Chelsea, is the first female President after betting £20 on that happening at odds of 1000/1 with William Hil, in October, 2000.
Further information.......Graham Sharpe.....Media Relations Director, William Hill......0780 3233702