Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

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The Bet: Who will be the next president of the United States?

Betting on the presidential race is illegal in America, so British bookies make a fair amount of money from American punters. During the last race for the White House, one American flew in on Concorde to place a bet, only to be told that he could have telephoned. A punter from Texas, who did ring a William Hill shop, said he wanted to put $3 million on Clinton. Asked if this was not rather a lot, he replied: "There are three of us, so it's only a million each." Even William Hill couldn't take a bet that size, and the man had to settle on a mere [pounds]20,000.

The first results in Iowa considerably changed the odds. Both George Bush Jnr and Al Gore have seen their odds shorten, with Bush coming in from evens to 4-6 and Gore from 2-1 to 11-8. The biggest casualty was ex-basketball player Bill Bradley, who failed to make any inroads into the Gore vote. …

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