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August 23, 2007

Online bookie taken to cleaners by Al Gore III arrest

Bookmaker Paddy Power, which offered 14 to 1 odds that Al Gore would be the next high profile American to be arrested, paid out today.

Some of the 50 or so people who placed their bets on Al Gore were quick to claim the more than €10,000 payout in this 'bizarre coincidence', according to a Paddy Power statement...
How this major fallout slipped through most of the US media is curious. That such bets were being taken at all seems newsworthy in its own right.


14:1 on Al Gore getting arrested? Yea, the bookie got hosed by the non-specific language here, but 14:1 on not-III Al Gore? I would have put it at 100:1. As goofy as Al is he's not really the "getting arrested type" like Jesse, Sharpton, or mother Sheehan.

In other betting news, it looks like we can wager on the Spice Girls comeback tour! Who will bail mid-tour first? Ginger/Sporty looks to be the odds on favorites here. At 8:1 we could make a killing if Baby comes through.

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