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Can Bets on Royal Baby Make Big Bucks?

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 Mary.

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).

Photo via ABC News

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