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12/1/06

Bettors at Sportsbookcom back Iranian leader for Time Person of the Year 2006


New York, NY (November 28, 2006) – The announcement of Time’s Person of the Year 2006 is less than a month away and bettors are flocking to Sportsbook.com, the world’s largest online sportsbook and casino, to get in on the action. Political controversy seems to be on most bettors’ minds as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has received almost one-third of the total money wagered despite being low on the odds chart at 20-1.

Controversial political tactics and arrogance towards the US and United Nations has labeled Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as one of the World’s most notorious leaders. His uncompromising stance on Iran’s nuclear program has angered much of the western world and many, including the US, believe Iran is secretly developing atomic weapons. This combined with Ahmadinejad’s extreme anti-Israel views has made him a polarizing head of state in the Middle East.

Staying in line with controversial leaders, bettors are also putting their money on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who has received 17.8 per cent of total money wagered. His nuclear ambitions and staunch opposition to U.S. foreign policy have made North Korea an international pariah. Recently, Kim Jong-Il and his unstable regime shocked the world as it tested a nuclear device and proclaimed North Korea’s emergence as the world’s ninth nuclear power. Odds makers at Sportsbook.com have Kim Jong-Il as a 10-1 bet to be recognized as Time’s Person of the Year.

On the top of odds makers’ list for potential candidates for this year’s edition is Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt with 9-2 odds. However, bettors are not so convinced that Schmidt is worthy of the title as he has only received 8.5 per cent of total wagers. Bettors show they have a soft spot for the American soldier, as they have received 13.9 per cent of all money wagered.

Bettors looking to weigh in can visit www.sportsbook.com, where everybody bets, for all the latest entertainment odds and propositions.

Time Person of the Year 2006 - Odds to Win


Candidate

 

Odds

 

Betting Trends

 


Eric Schmidt

Al Gore

Steve Jobs

Global Warming/ Mother Earth

Tony Blair

George W. Bush

Sheikh Hasan Nasrallah

Kim Jong-Il

Dick Cheney

Tony Snow

Madonna

Condoleezza Rice

The American Soldier

Hilary Clinton

The Iraqi People

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Angelina Jolie

The Islamic Insurgents

Ken Lay & Jeffrey Skilling

Darfur Refugees

Mel Gibson

Tom Cruise

John T. Schiller

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Moqtada Sadr

Ismail Haniyah

Bill Frist

 

 

9-2
5-1

7-1

7-1

8-1

10-1

10-1

10-1
12-1

14-1

14-1

14-1

15-1
15-1

16-1

20-1

20-1

20-1

25-1

25-1

25-1

28-1

35-1

35-1

40-1

40-1

100-1

 

8.5%
8.2%
3.9%
8.7%
0%
0%
0%

17.8%

0%
0%
0%
0.4%
13.9%

0%
2.2%
32.9%

1.1%
0%

0%
2.2%

0%
0%

0%
0.2%
0%
0%
0%

 

                                                                               

 

About Sportsbook.com:

Sportsbook.com is the largest sports book and casino on the planet, where adult Americans bet on sports, play poker and enjoy blackjack and other casino games online in a secure environment. Twice named the "Best US Sports Book" by the industry's top magazine (2005, 2006), eGaming Review, Sportsbook.com has been leading the online gaming industry since 1996.

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