As soon as
British royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton announced that they were
expecting their first child back in December, in rolled the
congratulations … followed almost immediately by bets.
Will it be
a boy or a girl? Whatever the gender, how much will he or she weigh? Will Kate
have a C-section or give birth naturally? Will the baby’s hair be red like
Uncle Harry or blond like the late grandmother Diana? These are the kinds of
questions sparking countless conversations within England and the world over,
and inevitably some gambling folks are asking if you want to put your money where
your mouth is.
Betting on the royal
baby started "the second we found out that
she was with child,” said Rupert Adams from William Hill, one of the largest bookies
in the United Kingdom, to ABC
News. The biggest question? The baby’s name. Back in April, “Alexandra” had
the best odds. "Over a 48-hour period, we took over 400 bets over
Alexandra," Adams recalls. Other contenders include Elizabeth, Diana and
Royal baby betting doesn’t happen in
the United States, at least not yet. “In the U.K., they have been doing these
types of things for a long time; you can bet on virtually anything,” says A.G.
Burnett, chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. “Here, historically
and culturally, we look at it from a different perspective. Aside from
casino-style games, we really only have sports wagering, and that's a fairly
highly regulated activity. Someday, we might go down that path, but it's just
not been something of high demand for us.”
Nonetheless, Americans do
bet on their own “royalty” of sorts: for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s
baby-to-be, the potential baby names includes Krystal (10-1), followed by
Kirsten (12-1) and Kara (14-1).