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Bookies braced for Leaders’ Debate betting bonanza

| 01.04.2015

Britain’s bookmakers are preparing for huge betting interest in tomorrow night’s televised Leaders’ Debate with hundreds of thousands of pounds expected to be staked on the ITV event.

In addition to betting on which leader will win the debate, leading bookmaker Coral is offering a wide range of betting markets to tap into the expected demand including:

–         match bets between the different leaders, with Miliband the marginal favourite at 4/6 in his match bet with David Cameron

–         odds on the TV ratings with over 9.5 million viewers priced at 15/8

–         odds on which leader comes last with Leanne Wood the 9/4 favourite

–         debate bingo on phrases being said during the debate with for example  ‘Hard working families’ odds-on at 4/6, ‘Broken promises’ long odds-on at 1/12 and ‘I believe we can win an overall majority’ Even money to be said.

So great is the anticipated level of betting interest, Coral will break new ground for political betting by taking bets ‘in-running’ on the Leaders Debate, in the same way that bookies ‘bet-in-play’ on football matches and sports events.

“The TV audience for this debate will be bigger than for any sports event bar the Grand National or the World Cup final, and with seven runners, the debate is an event that lends itself perfectly for betting in running,” said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

“The British public love placing bets on high profile mass-market events  like the Eastenders’ Who Killed Lucky Beale plotline or reality TV shows like X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, and we are expecting hundreds of thousands of pounds to be bet on which party leader comes out on top in this Election debate”, added Clare.

Nigel Farage has this morning been well backed into 13/8 favourite with Coral from 7/4 to win the debate, while Ed Miliband has also attracted bets in to 5/2 from 11/4.  David Cameron has remained steady at 7/2 with Nicola Sturgeon, 9/1 from 6/1, and Natalie Bennett, 20/1 from 11/1, both eased out by Coral in the betting.


Coral Odds on Leader To win the TV Debate
13-8 Nigel Farage, 5-2 Ed Miliband, 7-2 David Cameron, 9-1 Nicola Sturgeon, 9-1 Nick Clegg, 20-1 Natalie Bennett, 25-1 Leanne Wood

(*Result determined by YouGov poll)

Leader match bets
4-6 Miliband v 11-10 Cameron
1-2 Cameron v 6-4 Clegg
4-9 Miliband v 13-8 Clegg
4-11 Clegg v 2-1 Farage
4-7 Sturgeon v 5-4 Wood
8-11 Bennett v Evens Wood

Big Four Winner
11-8 Farage, 2-1 Miliband, 3-1 Cameron, 6-1 Clegg

TV Ratings
2-5 Under 9.5 million, 15-8 Over 9.5 million

To Come Last
9-4 Wood, 5-2 Bennett, 4-1 Sturgeon, 5-1 Clegg, 10-1 Cameron, 16-1 Miliband, 33-1 Farage

Leaders’ Debate Bingo (for the following phrases to be said during the debate)
1-100 Halve the deficit
1-20 I agree with Ed
1-12 Broken promises
1-12 Tax cuts for millionaires
2-9 Bedroom tax
1-3 I agree with David
2-5 I agree with Leanne
2-5 I agree with Nick
1-2 I agree with Nicola
8-15 I agree with Nigel
4-6 Hard working families
4-6 Top down reorganisation of the NHS
8-11 In Alex Salmond’s pocket
4-5 Class warfare
10-11 He forgot about the deficit
Evens I believe we can win an overall majority
6-5 1.8 million zero hour contracts
6-5 Tax and spend
5-4 A return to the 1930s
11-8 Same old Labour
6-4 Three million jobs depend on Europe
2-1 British jobs for British workers
5-2 He just doesn’t get it
3-1 Pull up the drawbridge
4-1 Two kitchens
9-2 I believe in Britain
5-1 Professional politicians
8-1 Immigrants clogging up the motorway
10-1 Jeremy Clarkson
10-1 The deserving poor
10-1 UKIP are a racist party
33-1 Wayne Rooney

Other Election Odds

Prime Minister on June 1st
2-5 David Cameron, 7-4 Ed Miliband, 40-1 Any other person

Party to win most seats
4-9 Conservatives, 7-4 Labour, 100-1 UKIP, 500-1 Liberal Democrats, 1000-1 Green Party

Party to win an overall majority
1-5 No party, 4-1 Conservatives, 14-1 Labour, 125-1 UKIP, 1000-1 Liberal Democrats

Make up of next government
2-1 Coalition involving Liberal Democrats, 13-2 Coalition involving the SNP, 14-1 Coalition involving UKIP,

Will there be two General Elections in 2015?
11-4 Yes
1-4 No



Simon Clare

Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was
promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare
added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR
Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a
new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public
Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast
experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather.
Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a
Saturday when work allows.