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POPE BETTING SETS LAS VEGAS RECORD

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Betting in Vegas has hit an all-time high with the coming selection of a new Pope.

“Betting is through the roof.   There’s a lot of money being thrown down,” ” said JD Bell, one of top bookmakers in Las Vegas.  “There’ll be over a billion dollars bet on this one.”

When the cardinals in Vatican City vote behind closed doors, bettors around the world will be waiting for a white puff of smoke, signaling a new pope has been selected.

Here’s the official odds:

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The favorite is Angelo Scola form Italy  He’s running at 7/2 odds.

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Next up is Peter Turkson  from Ghana. He is 4/1 odds.   He has some handicaps though, including some comments he made about Muslims.  But Vegas oddsmakers still think he could overtake Scola.

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Third on the list is Tarcisio Bertone  from Italy, who has 5/1 odds.  He might be a little too intellectual and a bit too reserved to be the Pope, but there are many that think he’ll come from behind and take the Papal crown.

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American Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, of New York is coming in at 30/1 odds.  But there’s a lot of action on Dolan.  “He’s clearly the favorite of people on the East Coast, along with Cardinal O’Malley of Boston,,” said Bell. “

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a 20-1 long shot when he was chosen in 2005.  “He paid out big, that’s whey the betting is so high right now.  Opportunity of a lifetime,” said Bell.

Place your bets! 

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