Flurry of activity suspends Royal Baby Gender betting13th February 2018 / lee
Paddy Power and other bookmakers had to suspend betting on the gender of the next Royal Baby on Monday, February 12th after a wave of activity came in. With Prince William and Kate expecting their third child, some heavy activity spiked early this week.
Paddy Power reported that from Monday lunchtime that they received high activity, forcing them to suspend the market on the gender of the next Royal Baby. The bookmaker was also forced to slash the odds on the child being named Mary from 12/1 to 3/1.
Asked about the royal baby odds spokesman Paddy Power said: “We thought everyone was only talking about the Royal Wedding, until someone came along with a right royal bet on Kate and Will’s third child.
“We’re convinced now that it’ll be a little girl, with Mary now four times more likely after today’s betting.”
Paddy Power Royal Baby Name Odds*
Mary 3/1, Alice 8/1, Victoria 10/1, Elizabeth 11/1* (betting odds taken Monday, January 12th, 2018 at 5.00 p.m.)
Along with Paddy Power, other bookmakers making moves including Coral who moved the name “Mary” into 4/1 from 20/1 while Betfair also slashed their odds on the name into 3/1 on Monday* (betting odds taken Monday, January 12th, 2018 at 5.00 p.m.).
Coral’s John Hill said: “There’s something about Mary which has prompted a huge gamble in the name of the Kate and Will’s third baby betting and after this surge of interest, it is now the new favourite ahead of Alice and Victoria.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!