Betting on Next Pope Identity

Published April 17, 2005 by OCR Editor

Betting on Next Pope Identity

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.

Pope John Paul II was the first pope in 400 years who was not originally born in Italy. So now the online casinos are taking bets on who the next pope will be and which nation he will come from. So long as there are odds on something, the sites will take bets on it.

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.

See also

Holy Betting: Who Will Be The Next Pope?

Your Guide to Betting on Next Pope

Gambling In the Vatican

Is Social Betting Next Big Thing in Gambling?

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