From William Hill:
BOOKIES CONDEMN BARACK ASSASSINATION BETS
AFTER receiving over one hundred requests from gamblers looking to bet that Barack Obama will be the target of an assassination attempt or terrorist attack, bookmakers William Hill have issued a statement confirming that under no circumstances will they even contemplate offering such odds.
'We have no interest whatsoever in betting on the possible death or serious injury of any politician (or anyone else for that matter) in any circumstances' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.'I cannot imagine why any reputable bookmaker would even consider taking such a bet or any punter contemplate placing one.'
A RECORD £10million-plus total was gambled on the outcome of the US Presidential Election, say William Hill, who have already installed Barack Obama as Even money favourite to win again in 2012.
And after the first black President was appointed, Hills are betting on who will be the first female Commander in Chief of the country - and have made Sarah Palin 6/1 favourite to do so - with Michelle Obama a 16/1 chance.
One Hill's customer who staked £25,000 on Obama collected £42,000 as a result and another who bet £17,500 received £45,925. 'When the campaign began Obama was a 50/1 outsider - by the time we stopped betting he was 1/50' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. 'With Americans unable to bet on the outcome in their own country we took a considerable amount of money from exiled Americans around the world, who clearly wanted to speculate on what would happen.'
WILLIAM HILL...US Presidential race 2012: Evens Obama; 8/1 Romney; 10/1 Huckabee; 12 Hillary Clinton; Sarah Palin; 14 Rob Portman; 16 Jeb Bush; Condoleeza Rice; Tim Pawlenty.
WILLIAM HILL..1st Female President: 6/1 Sarah Palin; 7/1 Hillary Clinton; 14 Chelsea Clinton; 16 Michelle Obama; Carly Fiorina; 20 Kathleen Sebelius; 25 Condoleeza Rice.
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