Royal baby big business for bookies
Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013. The long wait for the birth of Prince William and his wife Catherine's royal baby is big business for Britain's bookmakers. Punters around the world are betting on a girl called Alexandra to be born, well, any day now.
Coral alone had taken more than £500,000 in bets on the royal baby, he added. Bookmaker William Hill said it had taken £100,000 from punters in 100 countries.
Bets include a huge £1,000 bet from a punter in Austria on a male baby in the last week. That is at odds with most people, who believe it will be a girl following a slip of the tongue by Kate earlier this year when she appeared to start the word “daughter” when talking about the baby before cutting herself short.
One punter placed £5,000 on a baby girl with Coral at the weekend. Meanwhile the refusal of Buckingham Palace to name the due date beyond saying that it would be in July - later reports suggested the middle of the month or specifically the 13th - has led to a flurry of speculation.
But while betting on the day constantly changes, favourites for the royal baby's name have remained broadly similar for weeks. Coral last week suspended betting on the name after a string of bets were placed on the favourite, Alexandra, in the space of a couple of hours -all in central London where the royal family are based.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily News