Crazy Paddy Power Novelty BetsPublished November 20, 2008
Who will play Barack Obama in the movies? Does God exist?
If you're tired of betting on traditional sports like the horses and the football, it's worth checking out Irish-based online bookmaker Paddy Power, which offers a huge selection of novelty bets.
Paddy Power has a range of betting options on questions to do with the man of the moment, US president-elect Barack Obama.
Will Smith, 6/4 heads the list of actors tipped to play Obama in the first major blockbuster about his presidency. OJ Simspon is a 100/1 longshot.
With all the talk in Washington centering on the imminent purchase of a new first dog, punters can now hedge their bets on what the Obamas will call it. Ironically, George, the first name of outgoing president Bush Jr., is the favorite at 8/1, followed by Washington, 10/1, and Denzel, 12/1. Osama is a 500/1 long-shot.
To those with some patience, bets can be placed on either of Obama's two daughters ever becoming president. Malia is 20/1, and Sasha 25/1.
One betting option that could prove controversial is the "Does God exist?" option. At 4/1, scientific proof of God's existence must emerge by December 31, 2009, for the bet to be successful. For some bizarre reason, a 500/1 option exists on British comedian and television personality Russell Brand being proved to be God.
Other crazy options
Other betting options include: Who will replace Jerry Yang to be the next Yahoo! chief; whether same sex marriage will be legalized in Ireland by 2015; and the Racing Post's betting shop manager of the year (across the United Kingdom and Ireland).
Novelty bets are well worth taking a look at, even if just for amusement.