Betting on Next Pope IdentityPublished April 17, 2005 by OCR Editor
When it comes to online casino gambling, players will bet on just about anything and everything. With the recent passing of the pope there has been betting on who will take his place.
According to papal experts, nine of the top twenty people that could be appointed as the next pope are from Italy. These large numbers of candidates that come from outside Italy have spurred on betting at the online casino. Right now Nigerian Francis Arinze has odds of 9/2 and is the favorite choice. France's Jean-Marie Lustiger 5/1 is the second favorite, with Germany's Joseph Ratzinger 11/2 as third most popular pick. Right now it's hard to say who will take it.
A spokesperson for one online casino recently commented that although the Italians dominate numerically, there are still several very strong contenders from different countries who could come through to win. Therefore offering a 5/4 that the next Pope will be Italian, but 4/7 that he will not.
As the date for a final choice on who will be appointed as the next pope draws nearer, betting activity is also increasing. Right now it's very hard to say if the next pope will be from or outside Italy's boarders. If the online casino is any indication then according to the odds it look like the favorite candidate for pope will be coming from outside of Italy.