President Obama Already Bookies Odds-on Favourite for 2012


    DUBLIN, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - As the final curtain is drawn on an extraordinary
and historic US Presidential election, Ireland's largest bookmaker, Paddy
Power, can finally uncross it's legs after paying out in excess of
EUR1,000,000 ($1,360,000) a full three weeks ago to punters who backed Barack
Obama to become next US President.
    Without pausing for breath, the market-leading election betting
specialist has already focused it's sights on the outcome of the 2012
election. Newly elected President Barack Obama is Paddy Power's odds-on 4-5
favourite for successful re-election in 2012 and is a seemingly un-opposable
1-7 shot to win the 2012 Democratic nomination.
    Paddy Power have installed Sarah Palin as their 3-1 favourite to win the
Republican nomination in 2012 and make the glamorous Alaskan Governor an
unlikely 7-1 shot to replace Obama in the White House next time around.
Palin's political colleagues Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are priced at 5-1
and 7-1 respectively to head up the Republican ticket in four years time.
    Betting is also now available on who President Obama will choose as
Secretary of State. Top ranking American diplomat, Richard Holbrooke, is Paddy
Power's 9-4 favourite with Anthony Lake and Richard Lugar sharing the bookies
7-2 second-favourites tag.
    Paddy Power said, "Hats off to all those who backed Obama, you got it
right and thankfully so did we. We're already looking ahead to 2012 and I
honestly believe that the 4-5 about Obama to hold the Presidency will be the
biggest price you can expect between now and then!"Paddy Power President Obama Betting


    Who will Obama choose as Secretary of State?

    9-4 Richard Holbrooke
    7-2 Anthony Lake
    7-2 Richard Lugar
    8-1 Bill Richardson
    12-1 Chuck Hagel
    12-1 John Kerry
    18-1 Daniel Shapiro
    20-1 Daniel Kurtzer
    20-1 George Mitchell
    25-1 Eric Lynn
    25-1 Dennis Ross
    25-1 Susan Rice
    28-1 James Steinberg
    33-1 Mara Rudman
    33-1 Bill Clinton
    50-1 Colin Powell
    66-1 Hillary Clinton


    What will be the highest approval rating for President Obama in his 1st
    term?

    100-1 20% or Under
    50-1 20.01% - 30%
    40-1 30.01% - 40%
    25-1 40.01% - 50%
    12-1 50.01% - 60%
    5-1 60.01% - 70%
    13-8 70.01% - 80%
    11-10 80.01% - 90%
    7-2 90.01% or Over


    What will happen 1st under President Obama?

    2-5 Full Troop withdrawal from Iraq
    6-1 Capture-death of Osama Bin Laden
    7-1 Full National recognition of Same Sex Marriage
    12-1 Full Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan
    12-1 Legalisation of Marijuana Nationally
    16-1 Online Gambling legalised nationally
    16-1 Constatution changed to allow the President to serve 3 or more full
         Terms
    20-1 Total ban of Capital Punishment Nationally
    50-1 1st Moonwalk confirmed to be a fake by President Obama
    100-1 Complete ban on privately owned guns
    500-1 Discovery of Aliens on Mars
    1000-1 Elvis found in the White House basement


    1st Country Obama Visits as President

    3-1 UK
    10-3 France
    4-1 Afghanistan
    5-1 Iraq
    6-1 China
    7-1 Germany
    8-1 Kenya
    10-1 Israel
    14-1 Japan
    20-1 Russia
    22-1 Pakistan
    33-1 Spain
    33-1 Cuba
    40-1 Rep. of Ireland
    50-1 Syria
    50-1 North Korea
    66-1 Iran


    When will President Obama visit Ireland?

    25-1 2009
    10-1 2010
    7-2 2011
    6-1 2012
    1-2 Not to visit Ireland during his first term


    When will President Obama visit UK?

    8-15 2009
    3-1 2010
    7-1 2011
    12-1 2012
    20-1 Not to visit UK during his first term


    1st Term Specials

    10-1 Obama to become a father again during his 1st Term
    16-1 Obama not to finish his 1st Term
    28-1 Obama to resign during his 1st Term
    33-1 Obama to be impeached during his 1st Term
For further information: Ken Robertson, Media and PR Manager, Paddy
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