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Irish Bookies Take Bets on the Next Pope

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 5th April 2005 8:40am
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While the world discusses the passing of one pope and imminent election of another, Ireland is putting its money where its mouth is — and having a bet on Pope John Paul II's successor.

Paddy Power PLC, Ireland's largest bookmaking chain, resumed betting Monday in its shops and on the Internet on the question, "Who will be the next pope?" The firm suspended betting Sunday in a gesture of respect to John Paul, who died Saturday, but quickly resumed because of interest from gamblers worldwide.

The early favorites were Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan and Francis Arinze of Nigeria, both listed at 11-4 odds. That means a winning $4 bet would pay out $15.

The biggest bet so far, $1,300, has been on Tettamanzi. The company said most bets were for much smaller amounts.


[ Michael Jackson is currently listed at 2.4 million to 1 - Ed ]



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