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Braybuddy
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Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:31 pm

Bookies here have declared the next leader of the US to be President Obama, and are already paying out over a million euro to punters who placed bets on him:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/1016/breaking51.html

[Edited 2008-10-16 16:58:24]
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:41 pm

Now, I've already voted.

But still, we're not out of the woods until the fat lady sings.
Wait... That wasn't right.

The show ain't over before all the chickens are hatched.
Wait. That's not right either.

Don't count your chickens before the curtain falls.
Or maybe... *sigh* never mind.

Either way, he's not the President yet. You don't know that he won't get discovered raping a 13-year-old. You don't know that someone isn't going to take a pot-shot at him.

If the bet is "win the election," then you should pay out your bets on Nov. 5. If the bet is "become President" then January 21.
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:53 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
But still, we're not out of the woods until the fat lady sings.



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
The show ain't over before all the chickens are hatched.



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Don't count your chickens before the curtain falls.

Mabye this chicken has already bolted . . .
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:03 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Bookies here have declared the next leader of the US to be President Obama, and are already paying out over a million euro to punters who placed bets on him:

That is stupid. Those bookies aren't very smart. Any sports book knows that you don't payout until the game is over. You never know what is going to happen.

A couple of weeks ago the high school where I work had their homecoming game. Our team got the snap off with one second to go and scored a touchdown winning the game. It was great. The next morning the local paper listed our school as the loser. The reporter left before the game finished.
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:14 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Thread starter):
Bookies here have declared the next leader of the US to be President Obama, and are already paying out over a million euro to punters who placed bets on him:

At first I thought it must have an Irish story catch, but it appears straight. How odd. As Doc writes, fat ladies and chickens hatching and all that. Perhaps it is an extra madness due to the banking collapses!
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:18 pm

Well all we can do is pray that they are right. I wont believe it until I see it on TV being announced. Then I will actually be celebrating. This will be the first time I have ever taken a real interest in the outcome. The world needs Obama .
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:02 pm

This isn't the first time Paddy Power has done this. They have paid out early a number of times, although it has usually been sports bets.

One day it will bite them in the ass, but it also creates heaps of free publicity.
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:45 pm



Quoting TristarAtLCA (Reply 6):
One day it will bite them in the ass, but it also creates heaps of free publicity

It already has: they paid out early to people who bet on a yes vote to Lisbon a few months back, which, as we all know now, was rejected by a narrow majority.

Yep, methinks it's just a clever PR stunt.
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:57 pm



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 7):
early to people who bet on a yes vote to Lisbon a few months back, which, as we all know now, was rejected by a narrow majority.

Thank god they were wrong on that instance  Wink
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:37 am



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 8):
Thank god they were wrong on that instance

Ah well . . . we'll get it right the next time round . . . Big grin
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:11 am



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 7):
It already has: they paid out early to people who bet on a yes vote to Lisbon

That one passed me by, but at least you got a vote.
If you was right..................I'd agree with you
 
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:32 pm

Paddypower do these type of offers quite regularly, I guess for the them the PR generated is worth the potential cost if the result goes the other way.
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:46 pm

I know he's ahead in most of the polls and everyone is sure he will win, but I'll say it: I think McCain will win and these bookies will end up being very sorry!
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RE: Irish Bookies Begin Paying-out On Obama Win

Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:01 pm

The bookies would have lost their ass on this one too.  Wink

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