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2012 Election Odds: Who Will Be GOP Vice President Candidate?



Placing a wager on a political election is something that has been in play for a long, long time. I’m not just talking about the end all, be all of elections either. While the Presidential race will likely get the bulk of the action just because it is the Presidency of the United States, the Vice Presidential pick is likely get some attention as well.

As we get closer to the critical 2012 election, let’s run through some of the possible GOP candidates to line up next to newly-named GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

First up is Florida, Marco Rubio who has been consistently rumored to be a candidate for this position for a while now, and the Republican party likes what he brings to the table.

One reason, is that Rubio is a senator for what figures to be a very key state in the 2012 Presidential election. Another one of his key assets is his Hispanic background. With that he would not only be helpful in Florida, but other heavy Latino voter states as well. Such as California, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Rubio (11/4 odds), is also thought of in a high regard in terms of his verbal communication skills. With the potential to get the Republican base riled up. His only real downfall is his inexperience.

His two-year term as the senator of Florida is his only experience in office, but if that is his only pitfall, I would say he has a pretty good chance. These factors make him one of the favorites in my opinion.

Next up is Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan who chairs the House committee on the budget right now, and has recently emerged as a leading GOP candidate for the President’s number two.

A key asset of his is, while he is socially conservative, he is much less confrontational when he chooses to express his conservatism as opposed to other candidates. People who want to reduce the federal spending as well as the ones who want the government to cut taxes will also be pro Ryan (17/2 odds). As he will likely be helpful in both of those areas.

Nevertheless, Ryan is another candidate in which inexperience could be a factor. Not overall experience, but in terms of foreign policies he would not exactly be the countries go-to-guy. When you attempt to couple him with a guy like Romney, who also has inexperience in that regard, it doesn’t  seem like that good of a match. However, Ryan is still near the top of the list as of now.

Next in line, is Chris Christie (52/2 odds), the current governor in the state of New Jersey. Which is pretty impressive from a Republican standpoint as the Garden State has been dominated by the Democratic party in recent years.

Christie was often mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate in this election, but he was not interested in running. Moderate views, and a strong personality could be just what the doctor ordered though to help balance out the GOP party, and Christie has the panache.

His only downfall really is his success. There may be little value for him to play second fiddle when he can possibly get into the head chair in the 2016 race. Making him a weak pick as far as betting is concerned.

Finally,  state of Indiana governor, Mitch Daniels is another member of the group that declined to run for the GOP seat this year. His key asset is that he is extremely popular in the state in which he resides, which could translate to success in the rest of the Midwest. An area that Obama enjoyed success back in 2008. With Romney’s lack of popularity in this region, Daniels (25/1 odds) would be a nice fit for Mitt.

His only downfall is that he is associated with the Bush campaign, and more specifically the Iraq War. Something that sours even the most staunch Republican voter.

It’s  hard to predict the vice presidency.  That pick relies so much on what the current climate is.  With that being said, I  still think that Rubio is a smart choice for a VP candidate. He is popular in a key state and he can help pull Hispanic votes. With immigration going to be a hot topic in the 2012 election debates, someone with some pull in the Latino community will be important.


2012 Election Odds: Rick Perry Gains Ground on President Obama

Placing a wager on the 2012 Presidential Election isn’t anything new. Why it’s probably been going on since we’ve had Presidential Elections. I would bet that many a gambler, maybe even a few, if not all of our founding fathers, have garnered some pretty hefty scores from betting on Presidential Elections.


And why the heck not? If your candidate succeeds in becoming the leader of the best nation in the free world. You win twice.

So, as the 2012 Presidential Election moves closer, it is shaping up to be very interesting, and there are some appealing odds that could return fairly large dividends for the savvy gambler. Sure, incumbent President Obama is the favorite to win on 2012 with odds of 1/2, but those numbers have declined in recent weeks, leaving even the most studious odds junkie to wonder if our fearless leader is really such a slam dunk.


With voters increasing unease with the slow recovery pace of the US economy, and unemployment rates reaching all-time highs, the entire Democratic Party, I am sure, are even having trouble seeing a landslide victory for their most-promising candidate.


However, with Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and given his sustained popularity with the minority voters, he is a near certainty to represent the Democratic Party in November of 2012, barring some unforeseen event. But who will be the Republican’s Presidential nominee? Well the wait may be
over.



Just 24 hours after announcing that he would run for the Presidency of the United States, Texas Governor Rick Perry skyrocketed to the top of the Presidential Primary pack, taking over as the No. 1 GOP candidate to defeat President Obama in November 2012.

While Obama talks of jobs, Perry’s state of Texas has led the US in recent years, accounting for more than 40 percent of all new jobs in the US in 2010. That is a huge advantage for Perry.

He’s got the support of social conservatives and many Tea Party members, but can he glean enough votes from conservative democrats who may view him as the next George W.



That advantage seems to be more pragmatic for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is currently offered at 4/1 odds to be the next President of the United States in 2012.

Uncle Mitt, despite being a devote Mormon, possesses the panache to get a few fringe non-party votes, but may have exiled himself from his own GOP supporters after signing a health care coverage bill that is not too different from the recently passed federal health care legislation that is so heatedly opposed by many, including many Tea Party operatives.

However, Romney has the a large campaign fund and a solid reputation for his economic know-how that should garner him enough votes from moderate Republicans.



Another GOP contender worth looking at, is Minnesota Congresswomen Michele Bachmann, who’s holding strong at 12/1 odds after regaining some much-needed momentum after rival and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty withdrew from the race after being bested by Bachmann in an Iowa straw poll earlier this month.

While Romney brings the economic prowess and Bachmann does fit the Tea Party and social conservative profile, neither have Perry’s rock star-type style appeals to many.



Odds To Win 2012 Presidential Election

(the number next to each candidate is the payout on a $100 wager)

- Barack Obama -120

– Rick Perry +300

– Mitt Romney +500

– Chris Christie+3500

– Ron Paul+4000

– Jon Huntsman+4000

– Paul Ryan+4000

– Michele Bachmann+5000

– Sarah Palin+5000

– Herman Cain+7500

– Rudolph Giuliani+7500

– Michael Bloomberg+10000

– Rick Santorum+10000

– Newt Gingrich+20000




2012 Democrat Presidential Nominee Odds: Obama Is Huge Favorite

While it would be a major upset if Barack Obama did not gain the 2012 Democratic Presidential nomination, there is a precedent for an incumbent president not gaining his party’s nomination again. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson decided not to seek re-election due to the unrest in Vietnam. Eight years later, Republican Gerald Ford had to fight to hold off Ronald Reagan for his party’s nomination in the wake of the Watergate scandal. In 1980, Jimmy Carter was threatened by Ted Kennedy before ultimately gaining another nomination.


As President Obama deals with military concerns overseas and economic issues at home, some political analysts feel that he could face a challenge in his own party next year. Here’s a look at the top 3 contenders to capture the 2012 Democratic nomination:



1. Barack Obama (-1000 or 1-10 odds)

Earlier this month, Obama officially announced that he would be seeking re-election in 2012. In just over two years on the job, Obama has received some mixed reviews. His health care plan has generated plenty of controversy as many states are trying to nix the proposal. The struggling economy has been slow to rebound although some of the blame has still stuck to the previous administration. Another political hot point involves the volatility in the Middle East. Obama’s military decisions in the coming months could ultimately hurt him politically. While some of Obama’s political momentum has certainly decreased since the 2008 election, he still has enough general support to have a live shot at a second term. It would take a drastic event to keep him from gaining another Democratic nomination.



2. Hillary Clinton (+600 or 6-1 odds)

The Secretary of State has stated that she will not run for President in 2012. Of course, the political circumstances could be quite different a year from now. Many political analysts believe that Clinton still has her eye on another White House run at some point in the future. She was an early favorite to gain the Democratic nomination in 2008. While she had some notable primary wins (California and New York), Clinton was not able to keep pace with Obama in the race for the nomination.




3. Joe Biden (+1200 or 12-1 odds)

The Vice President is of course a heartbeat away from becoming the President at any time. While it would seem unthinkable that a fit and young President would have a major health concern, there have obviously been some tragic circumstances that have occurred over the years in the White House. The assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are the most famous examples of Presidents that have died tragically. In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away in office. While death has enabled a few Vice Presidents to become President, there is one other instance where a mid-term change has taken place. Gerald Ford became President in 1974 after Richard Nixon’s resignation due to the Watergate scandal. Barring an unlikely assassination or scandal, it would be difficult to find a scenario where Biden would become the 2012 nominee.



Odds to win President of the United States 2012 Election










































































Even though he has served just over half of his term, President Barack Obama is already looking ahead to keeping his seat in the White House for an additional four years. In a move that surprised no one, Obama announced earlier this month that he would be seeking re-election in the 2012 race. While Obama is a virtual lock to head the Democratic ticket in next November’s election, it is a wide open race on the Republican side.


Here’s a look at the top four favorites to capture the 2012 Presidential election along with an overview of Donald Trump’s possible run for the White House:



Barack Obama (-200 or 1-2 odds)

History has shown that most incumbent Presidents have been able to win re-election. Since the 1900 election, nominated incumbents have gone 14-5 in Presidential elections. While this is a positive note for Obama, some more recent elections may indicate that an incumbent may no longer have too much of an edge. Since 1976, the incumbent mark is just 3-3. Another related record also favors Obama. Only once since 1900 has a non-incumbent political party won the Presidency in an election and then lost the White House seat in the following election. This happened in 1980 when the Democrats lost the Presidency after just one term. In other words, when a different political party assumes the Presidency, that party almost always wins at least one more election before a different party regains the Presidency.



Mitt Romney (+1000 or 10-1 odds)

Many political analysts feel that the former Governor of Massachusetts is the most likely candidate to challenge Obama on the Republican side. He came up short for the 2008 Republican nomination but Romney could be poised to win this time around. While his Mormon faith could be a bit of a liability in a general election, there is some solid support for Romney among most Republicans.



Sarah Palin (+1000 or 10-1 odds)

While Palin has brought some energy and attention to the Republicans, her presence on the party’s 2008 ticket wasn’t enough to defeat the Democrats. Palin’s has many supporters but there are also plenty of doubters as well. Many feel that she is too much of a celebrity to be viewed as a credible Presidential candidate.



Rob Portman (+1200 or 12-1 odds)

The Ohio Senator is a bit under the radar in the Republican Party. While Portman isn’t a household name, he could emerge as an alternative option to some of the more notable candidates that are likely to be in the mix next year. Most of the top Republican candidates are former Governors that do not have experience in Washington. In addition to his current duties as a senator, Portman also has 12 years of service as a congressman.



Donald Trump (+4000 or 40-1 odds)

The New York business mogul is exploring a run at the 2012 White House. While many Democrats are skeptical of Trump’s desire to seek the Republican nomination, a couple of recent polls suggest that he could have some real support in the party. Like Palin, there might be too much of a celebrity status for Trump to be viewed as a credible Presidential candidate.



2012 U.S. Presidential Election Odds To Win:

(odds from Bodog.com)

- Barack Obama -200
– Sarah Palin +1000
– Mitt Romney +1000
– Rob Portman +1200
– Hillary Clinton +1500
– Joe Biden +1500
– Mike Huckabee +1500
– Michael Bloomberg +2000
– Condoleeza Rice +2000
– Bobby Jindal +2000
– Evan Bayh +2000
– Jeb Bush +2000
– Tim Pawlenty +2000
– Bill Frist +2500
– Charlie Crist +2500
– Bill Frist +2500
– Rudolph Giuliani +2500
– David Petraeus +3500
– Donald Trump +4000
– Ron Paul +4500
– John McCain +5000
– Mark Warner +5000
– Newt Gingrich +5000
– Joe Wurzelbacher +8000




Republican Presidential Nominee Odds: Mit Romney & Sarah Palin still top favorites

In less than ten months, the 2012 U.S. Presidential race will officially swing into action with the Iowa caucus. The early results from Iowa (February 6) and the New Hampshire primary (February 14) will shed some light on which candidate will ultimately emerge from the Republican Party’s group of contenders.


Here’s a look at the top 5 Republican favorites to garner the party’s nomination next summer:

(odds listed are from BODOG.COM)



1. Mitt Romney (3-1 odds)

The former Governor of Massachusetts has received some mixed results in some of the straw polls that have been conducted in recent weeks. In January, Romney won a poll in New Hampshire by 24%. He also gained a convincing victory in the National League of Cities Straw Poll. However, Romney has not fared too well in recent straw polls conducted in South Carolina and by the Tea Party. There are a couple of issues that could ultimately prevent Romney from winning the nomination. First, most political analysts view his Mormon faith as an issue that could hurt Romney. Also, he may not be able to do well enough in the South to defeat a Democrat in the presidential election.



2. Sarah Palin (4-1 odds)

The 2008 Vice Presidential nominee and former Governor of Alaska has not gained a lot of support in the early straw polls. Her best finish so far was a third-place effort in the Dorchester Conference Straw Poll in March. While Palin may have the most charisma of any potential Republican candidate, there are some issues that could hurt her chances to gain the nomination. After resigning as Governor in the middle of her term, many feel that Palin is more interested in being a celebrity than an elected official.



3. Tim Pawlenty (5-1 odds)

Last month, the former Governor of Minnesota announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee. Among his early showings in the straw polls, Pawlenty finished second in the Tea Party Poll while coming in third-place in New Hampshire. Many view Pawlenty as the most reasonable choice for the Republican nomination. Unlike some of the other high-profile contenders, there isn’t much controversy surrounding Pawlenty at this time. Once again, a concern may involve how well a Northern politician may fare in the South.



4. Mike Huckabee (7-1 odds)

The former Governor of Arkansas has been able to gain some notice as a host and contributor for Fox News in the last couple of years. While he won the recent South Carolina straw poll by 12%, Huckabee came in a distant 12th in the New Hampshire poll. In 2008, Huckabee had some early momentum with a win at the Iowa caucus but was not able to hold off John McCain for the Republican nomination. Like Romney, Huckabee’s strong religious faith might be a concern for the candidate to deal with in the election.





5. Newt Gingrich (12-1 odds)

The former Speaker of the House has also been a frequent contributor for Fox News in recent years. In most of the straw polls, Gingrich has finished in the middle of the pack. While the Georgia native could do well in the South for the Republicans, Gingrich hasn’t served in public office for more than a decade.







2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Odds:

(Odds updated 4/14/11: the number next to each candidate is the profit on a $100 wager)

– Mitt Romney +300
– Sarah Palin +400
– Tim Pawlenty +500
– Jon Thune +600
– Mitch Daniels +700
– Mike Huckabee +700
– John Boehner +1200
– Newt Gingrich +1200
– Michael Bloomberg +1400
– Marco Rubio +1400
– Haley Barbour +1600
– Mike Pence +1600
– Jon Huntsman +1600
– Bill Owens +1800
– Jeb Bush +1800
– Chris Christie +2000
– David Petraeus +2000
– Rick Perry +2000
– Bill Frist +2000
– Charlie Crist +2000
– Bobby Jindal +2200
– Chuck Hagel +2500
– Rand Paul +2500
– Rudy Giuliani +2500
– Scott Brown +2500
– John Ensign +3300
– Tom Coburn +3300
– Rick Santorum +3300
– Ron Paul +3300
– Gary Johnson +3300
– Eric Cantor +3300
– Rob Portman +3300
– Mark Sanford +3300
– Tom Ridge +3300
– Sam Brownback +3300
– Bill First +4000
– Chuck Baldwin +4000
– Condoleezza Rice +4000
– Lindsey Graham +4000
– George Allen +4000
– Fred Thompson +4000
– Dirk Kempthorne +4000
– Donald Trump +4000
– George Pataki +5000
– Kay Bailey Hutchison +5000
– Arnold Schwarzenegger +6600
– Paul Ryan +6600
– John McCain +6600
– Dick Cheney +10000




Odds to win FHM Sexiest Woman 2011

Since 1995, FHM magazine has counted down the 100 sexiest women in the world. The rankings have been based on public voting through FHM’s website. Each year, the winner of the voting is honored as FHM’s sexiest woman in the world.


While actresses have won the top honor more often than not, past winners have included a supermodel (Claudia Schiffer) and an athlete (Anna Kournikova).


Here’s a look at some of the top contenders to win the title in 2011 at BetEd.com:

Katy Perry (+200)

The 26-year-old American has been generating plenty of attention in the last couple of years. Perry is certainly one of the top names in music right now. However, Perry’s recent marriage to Russell Brand may lessen some of her sex appeal among the voters.







Cheryl Cole (+300)

The English singer is trying to become the first woman to win the sexiest title three straight times. Jennifer Lopez won consecutive sexiest crowns in 2000-01. The 27-year-old is now single after a marriage to English soccer player Ashley Cole from 2006-10.







Rihanna (+300)

In the last five years, Rihanna has been one of the world’s top musical performers. The 22-year-old Barbadian was thrust into the tabloids in 2009 after then-boyfriend Chris Brown assaulted her. Most recently, she dated Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Rihanna is adding another dimension to her career. She is set to make her film debut in Battleship. The big-budget flick is scheduled for a 2012 release.





Nicole Scherzinger (+400)

Scherzinger has been in the spotlight as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. The 32-year-old American added to her profile by winning Dancing with the Stars last year. In each of the last five years, Scherzinger has been in the FHM top 100 list. Her highest ranking was 22nd in 2007.







Megan Fox (+900)

The 24-year-old American actress won the 2008 sexiest title. She has generated plenty of hype in the last few years. Her breakout movie role was in Transformers in 2007. Fox has been a little controversial for some of her blunt comments about sex and sexuality. She also starred in the Transformers sequel but was dropped from the third installment of the film series. Neither of her last two films (Jennifer’s Body and Jonah Hex) performed well at the box office. In addition to her film work, Fox has appeared in some sexy ads for Armani underwear. Last year’s marriage to actor Brian Austin Green may lessen her appeal to voters.





Frankie Sandford (+1000)

While Sandford isn’t too well known in the United States, she has generated a lot of interest in Europe. The 22-year-old English singer has been performing since she was a teenager. She could follow Cole’s lead in this year’s voting. Since FHM is based in the United Kingdom, European celebrities can do quite well in the voting.







Una Healy (+1200)

The 29-year-old Irish singer is another performer that isn’t a household name in America. Still, she ranked 19th in the 2010 FHM top 100 list.










2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Odds

With the 2010 mid-term elections approaching, the next presidential race is just over two years away. As the current president deals with some tough times, many analysts feel that a different party could be in the White House in a couple of years.


Here’s a look at some of the top candidates to win the 2012 Republican Party Presidential Nomination:



Sarah Palin (+350 odds)

The former Governor of Alaska is clearly the marquee name right now in the Republican Party. There is plenty of debate about how worthy a presidential candidate Palin might be despite her name recognition. Despite some hype, she was unable to get John McCain to the White House on the 2008 presidential ticket. Palin has been criticized for resigning as governor before her term expired. Many felt that she was more interested in cashing in on her fame than serving the public in a political office. Palin has become a contributor for the Fox News Network and is about to launch a reality show on The Learning Channel. In addition, she wrote a best-selling autobiography last year.

Palin has been out on the campaign trail for a number of Republican candidates for the 2010 mid-terms. If she decides to run in 2012, there is likely to be a split among factions of the Republican Party. Still, Palin’s general popularity could overcome any issues related to her overall capability to be a credible presidential candidate. (CLICK HERE TO BET ON SARAH PALIN)



Mitt Romney (+400 odds)

Romney could be ready to gain the nomination in 2012 after coming up short in 2008. Like Palin, Romney doesn’t have a lengthy political history. He lost a bid to unseat Senator Ted Kennedy in 1994. Romney was able to become the Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. While he is viewed as a more traditional politician than Palin, Romney doesn’t generate as much buzz and excitement among the overall voting population. Still, he was able to take the first step towards the presidency by winning some Republican state primaries in 2008. As a Mormon, some analysts view his religious faith as a potential pitfall in Romney’s ultimate presidential aspirations. (CLICK HERE TO BET ON MIT ROMNEY)



Mike Huckabee (+500 odds)

Huckabee is another former governor who could end up heading the Republican ticket in two years. In a tenure that began in 1996, he served as the Governor of Arkansas for over a decade. Huckabee attempted to follow in the footsteps of Bill Clinton by making the transition from leading the state of Arkansas to directing the entire United States. In 2008, he became the early leader in the Republican race by capturing the Iowa caucus. Ultimately, Huckabee was overtaken by McCain to fall short of the nomination. By finishing in the top three in delegates, popular votes and states won in the 2008 Republican derby, he could be ready to gain the nomination in 2012. He has stayed in the public eye by serving as a commentator for the Fox News Channel. Like Romney, Huckabee’s strong religious beliefs could be an issue in a general election. (CLICK HERE TO BET ON MIKE HUCKABEE)



2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Odds:

(Odds updated 4/2/11: the number below each candidate is the payout on a $100 wager)

– Mitt Romney +250
– Sarah Palin +350
– Jon Thune +600
– Mitch Daniels +700
– Tim Pawlenty +800
– Mike Huckabee +1000
– John Boehner +1200
– Newt Gingrich +1400
– Michael Bloomberg +1400
– Marco Rubio +1400
– Haley Barbour +1600
– Mike Pence +1600
– Jon Huntsman +1600
– Bill Owens +1800
– Jeb Bush +1800
– Chris Christie +2000
– David Petraeus +2000
– Rick Perry +2000
– Bill Frist +2000
– Charlie Crist +2000
– Bobby Jindal +2200
– Chuck Hagel +2500
– Rand Paul +2500
– Rudy Giuliani +2500
– Scott Brown +2500
– John Ensign +3300
– Tom Coburn +3300
– Rick Santorum +3300
– Ron Paul +3300
– Gary Johnson +3300
– Eric Cantor +3300
– Rob Portman +3300
– Mark Sanford +3300
– Tom Ridge +3300
– Sam Brownback +3300
– Bill First +4000
– Chuck Baldwin +4000
– Condoleezza Rice +4000
– Lindsey Graham +4000
– George Allen +4000
– Fred Thompson +4000
– Dirk Kempthorne +4000
– Donald Trump +4000
– George Pataki +5000
– Kay Bailey Hutchison +5000
– Arnold Schwarzenegger +6600
– Paul Ryan +6600
– John McCain +6600
– Dick Cheney +10000
– Laura Bush +10000




Oddsmakers Release 2010 Mid-Term Election Odds

While the next presidential election is still over two years away, the 2010 mid-term races could lead to quite a shakeup in Washington and across the country. As many place the blame on the Democrats for some of the issues that are a concern right now in the United States, the Republicans could be ready to take control of congress in January.

In addition to the usual 435 House of Representative seats that are up for grabs, there will be some notable spots in the Senate that will be contested on November 2nd. Also, there are some key races for Governor that will be watched closely on election day.

Here’s a look at the odds for some of the most significant political contests that will be decided in a couple of weeks:



Which Party will control the House of Representatives after 2010 Congress Elections?

(Odds: Republicans -556, Democrats +300)

From the elections of 1948-92, the Democrats controlled the house. In the 1994 mid-term elections, the Republicans finally took control of congress despite the presence of a Democratic president. It appears that the same scenario will play out again 16 years later. While the Democrats have held the upper hand in the last two congressional elections, it is unlikely that the Republicans will be held off this time around amid the political turmoil that has been in the air since the 2008 elections.




Which Party will control the Senate after 2010 Congress Elections?

(Odds: Democrats -455, Republicans +225)

In the last 15 elections dating back to 1980, the Republicans hold a narrow 8-7 edge in controlling the Senate. However, the Democrats are expected to keep control of the Senate for a third straight time. Two years ago, the Democrats held a 55-45 edge. Through subsequent events, the edge is now at 59-41. While the Republicans will likely gain some ground in the Senate on November 2nd, the Democrats are still expected to hold the overall edge when the votes are tallied. This year, 37 of the 100 seats will be contested. Of those 37 seats, 19 are held by Democrats. To take the edge in the Senate, Republicans will need to win at least 28 of the 37 contests. Still, the Republicans are expected to gain 6-8 seats in the Senate.



US Senate Race, Illinois: (Odds: Mark Steven Kirk -147, Alexi Giannoulias +100)

This particular Senate seat has taken some notable twists and turns. The seat became open when Barack Obama won the presidential election in 2008. Under Illinois law, the governor is given the responsibility of filling a vacant seat. This led to the controversy involving Governor Rod Blagojevich. He appointed Roland Burris to fill the seat but was eventually indicted on corruption charges related to the decision. Amid the controversy, Burris is not trying to keep his spot in this year’s election. Behind Kirk, the Republicans are hoping to take advantage of the circumstances in this election. Kirk has been in the US House of Representatives since 2001. On the Democratic side, Giannoulias has served as the Illinois State Treasurer.


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Betting Odds On First Country To Drop The Euro As Their Currency

Online sports books have been noted for providing sports bettors with a wide range of betting options in recent years. While Nevada sports books can only book odds on actual sporting events/games, online books can provide odds on off the field sports issues like drafts and free agency signings. Along these lines, online sports books are able to book odds on political elections and entertainment props. One unique prop is titled “Which of these countries will be the first to leave the Eurozone, temporarily or permanently?”


Bettors can now choose from a list of over a dozen nations to wager on. After the US dollar, the Euro is the second most traded currency in the world. The recent financial and employment problems in the United States have to some degree contributed to and overshadowed some similar issues in Europe. Some of these countries feel that dropping the Euro currency can be a way to turn things around. Here’s a look at the top three favorites to drop the Euro:

Greece (-111 odds to drop the Euro)

Some noted financial issues in this country have made it the favorite in this prop. Greece has seriously been looking at leaving the Eurozone to turn its country’s economy around. Its revenue targets have been coming up short in recent times. A drop in manufacturing in Greece has also caused some problems. Instead of leaving the Eurozone, some financial analysts feel that the country can ease some of its financial burdens by lowering labor costs. Devaluation is another part of the issue at hand.


Portugal (+187 odds to drop the Euro)

Portugal has used the Euro as its currency since 2002. Some deficit issues have been troubling the country recently. Portugal has been struggling with external and public deficits. Some economists believe that a 10 percent reduction in public sector salaries is among the ways that the nation can begin to reduce the deficits. These economists also feel that Portugal has relied too much on outside financial markets.


Spain (+500 odds to drop the Euro)

Spain has been hit hard by the collapse of its construction sector. This has played a role in an unemployment rate that is around 20 percent. The country’s recent spending cuts have left many analysts pessimistic about its immediate financial future. Spain’s rising debts has left many in the nation desperate to stem the tide. Over the past year, the country has run a trade deficit of over $80 billion. Another concern has been the recent housing crisis in Spain. The glut of housing on the market has made it difficult for properties to bring in any real value to the sellers.

Here are the odds for the other 13 countries that are in the Eurozone:

* Ireland +900
* Germany +900
* Italy +1000
* France +1000
* Slovakia +1600
* Slovenia +1600
* Cyprus +1600
* Malta +1600
* Austria +2500
* Belgium +2500
* Netherlands +2500
* Finland +2500
* Luxembourg +2500

(Bet these odds today at SportsInteraction.com)

Bookmaker Releases BP Oil Spill Betting Odds

Online bookmaker SportsInteraction.com has released some very intriguing betting odds surrounding the BP oil spill just off the Louisiana coast.


SportsInteraction.com is asking bettors to place wagers on which person will lose or voluntarily leave their current position. Obviously, the odds on favorite to be gone first is British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward, but I am not so sure he is the best bet.


United States President Barack Obama is listed at +2000 odds, meaning a $100 wager on President Obama pays out $2000 if he is the first to go of the 7 people listed in the prop bet. It is logical to think that someone else will be long gone before the 2012 presidential election, so Obama is a terrible bet.

If you bet $100 on the top 4 favorites, Tony Hayward, Carl-Henric Svanberg, Doug Shuttles, Clint Guidry and Lisa Jackson, your largest ROI comes with Lisa Jackson at +1000.

My guess is that Tony Hayward stays on for awhile, but Doug Suttles (COO of BP) will be the job sacrificed first in order the show the american public that some one is being punished at BP.

BP Oil Spill Odds – Who Will Be the First to Go?



Who will be first to lose or voluntarily leave their current position?

1. Tony Hayward (BP Chief Executive) +140

2. Carl-Henric Svanberg (BP Chairman) +200

3. Doug Suttles (BP Chief Operating Officer) +220

4. Clint Guidry (Louisiana Shrimp Association) +1000

5. Lisa Jackson (Administrator of the EPA) +1200

6. Carol Browner (White House energy adviser) +1600

7. Barack Obama +2000



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