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Thursday, September 23, 2004 9:39 PM
What Are the Odds?
Kevin Salwen on Creativity

Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a list of finalists for the Booker Prize, awarded for exemplary writing to a British or Commonwealth novelist. Buried in the story was this jarring sentence: 'Among bookies, who are taking bets on the competition, David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas'... is the favorite at Ladbrokes, with even odds.'

Betting on a literary prize??!! Now we're havin' fun. Makes me wonder what's next for betting opportunities: How about the over/under on Michael Eisner's tenure at Disney? Or the sentence for convicted Enron execs. Or will Coke or Pepsi win the battle of the low-carb sodas? This could be so much more fun than the stock market.


jamie - 4/9/2006 9:28:51 PM
Can you get odds on The Greasy Spoons having the World Cup number one? Cos from what I hear it's going to knock Embrace off the top spot! Jamie
Jory Des Jardins - 9/24/2004 3:51:49 PM
It beats betting on the next American Idol! I would love to have a more literary example of betting in the U.S.
Nick Temple - 9/24/2004 11:34:29 AM
It's a long tradition of us Brits to bet on anything that moves. The betting firms can give you odds on anything, from Tim Henman's son winning Wimbledon to the chances of the Queen making 100...One year they had to stop taking bets on the Booker Prize because information had leaked out and everyone was piling on the eventual winner....
Mindwalker - 9/24/2004 9:38:36 AM
From what I've been told, the guys who used to hang out day-in and day-out in the bleachers at Wrigley Field used to bet on everything (not just the outcome of the game). They would bet on whether the next pitch would be a strike, if the guy would get an out, if the manager would get ejected from the game ... you name it. If it was happening, they'd put a wager on it.


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