Why not bet on the next pope?

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People have various ways of going crazy these days: you may bet on giant pandas breeding, predict the hair color of William and Kate’s baby, and even bet on the next pope.

We’re going to focus on the last option today, as far as giant pandas appear to be of less importance (the greens would definitely disagree at this point) and Kate is expecting her baby no sooner than in July. Surprisingly, gambling on papal elections is far from being a new notion, and even in the early Medieval Times such things were in common practice.

On the last day of February, Pope Benedict XVI made an announcement that he would retire due to his advanced age. World popular bookmakers didn’t lose their chance immediately to open a book over who would replace him in Rome. Only 8 years have passed since he began his papacy on the 19th of April, 2005, but he claims to be unable to continue carrying his share of the load. During his papacy, Pope Benedict, or simply Benny, has managed to win the affection of more than 1.5 million of followers on twitter, and he was actually the first Pope to have a twitter at all.


All in all, there are 115 candidates for becoming Pope Benedict XVII’s successor, and pretty much money is at stake in view of this epoch-making event. For example Paddy Power, which is considered to be one of the largest European bookmakers, has already taken 100 000 pounds in bets.

While most of the other casinos turn up their noses at such extraordinary bets for the reasons of taste, old cap Paddy offers to bet not only on Benedict’s successor, but also on what papal name he is going to choose, the length of the papal conclave, the next pope’s country of origin and so on.

So who do you think is going to replace virtuous Benedict XVII? Let’s take a look at top 5 popes-to-be, made up by our dearest bookmakers.

Today’s leader is the Italian Archbishop Angelo Scola (3.25), who is considered to be the perfect candidate for this job. It appears that our old pal Paddy Power has his finger on the Catholic pulse, because according to them, Archbishop Angelo has a great deal of experience working with the ex-pope, and he’s 72.

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Cardinal Odilo Scherer snaps at Angelo Scola’s heels with 5.00 odds. He’s also one of the top papal contenders, and is known for his benevolent attitude towards Internet and twitter in particular. Probably he decided to follow Benedict XVI’s footsteps and address the religious audience in modern ways, by means of twitter.

Cardinal Peter Turkson is the next candidate in our top-5 with 7.00 odds. He’s known as a proficient speaker of 6 foreign languages, but he owes his popularity to the fact that he is the potential first black pope. Well, in the light of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election, maybe Peter Turkson is likely to become the next pope, who knows?

The 4th and the 5th place is shared by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Cardinal Marc Quellet, who have the same odds of replacing Benedict XVII – 11.00.

Well, you can use our top-5 in order to make up an opinion regarding who’s going to be the next pope. It is worth noting that quite soon we will be able to joyfully cry “Habemus Papam!”, but for now let us pray that the conclave won’t take too much time, the cardinals will choose a worthy successor, and some of the bettors will have their share.

Author: bookie punisher View all posts by

I got into the exciting world of sports betting years ago when information on the subject was much more difficult to find. Of course I made a lot of rookie mistakes and bad bets but over time I learned from those experiences. Nowadays, those who want to start out placing sports bets have the opposite problem. There’s so much information available that it’s so hard to sort through it all and to know who to listen to. With this blog I’ll be doing that work for you and I’ll strive to bring you nothing but the best betting tips and information the internet has to offer.

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