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No van der Sloot Prison Sentence Odds as Bookie Steers Clear

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Jun/09/2010

A good bet:  The Over/Under on how many years Joran van der Sloot gets sentenced to prison in Peru and which of the Peruvian hellholes he will ultimately end up in.  There is, after all, no cable television and basket weaving in Peru prisons...well, maybe the later.

Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway back in 2005, has confessed to murdering Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on May 30.  The talk over these past few days has been about what prison van der Sloot will ultimately end up in and how many years he will be sentenced to serve.  More discussion has centered around the so-called "Law of the Donkey", vigilante punishment in South American nations and whether van der Sloot will ever come out of prison alive.

For the online bookmakers, bets on van der Sloot's fate would seem like a given.  He has already made a name for himself in the world of online poker as an avid player, albeit after the murder, since he wasn't the most successful of players.  His attendance at the Latin American Poker Tour in Lima was just that, a spectator.  Organizers confirmed he was not registered to play.

At least one online bookmaker has told Gambling911.com they intend to steer clear of any van der Sloot bets.

"(We) usually want to stay away from death, murder, jail etc," Sportsbook.com spokesperson Dave Stanley tells Gambling911.com.  Sportsbook.com is the largest online sports betting and entertainment site targeting North America.

Stanley points to more friendly-family odds being offered by his company such as the number of strikeouts Major League Baseball sensation Stephen Strasburg will have this season and which team will win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter 

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