What’s the Wagering Dope on the Next Pope: Paddy Power has the Odds

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Feb/11/2013
What’s the Wagering Dope on the Next Pope:  Paddy Power has the Odds

One online bookmaker was quick to offer odds on who will be named the next Pope to succeed retiring Pope Benedict

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With the shock announcement Monday that Pope Benedict is retiring, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power was quick to release odds on who will succeed him.  He is the first Pope in 600 years to resign.  The last one to do so was Pope Gregory XII.

No suprise Paddy is among the first to offer these odds.  They were, after all, the first bookmaker to sponsor a confessional.  Oy Vey!

Benedict called his choice "a decision of great importance for the life of the church."

Paddy has the favourite being Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 3/1 followed closely by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada at 7/2 odds. 

Cardinal Turkson played down his favourite status, telling the BBC statistics will not play a role in selection of the next Pope.

"It doesn't go by representation... those type of considerations tend to muddy the water."

Turkson, if selected, would become the first Black Pope.

Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria had odds of 9/2 with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri of Argentina at 6/1. 

Yes, there were even odds on Father Dougal Maguire of the Craggy Islands to become next Pope at 1000/1 odds.  Google it!

The new Pope should be named by Mid-March.

Odds of being named the next Pope appear below.

 

Cardinal Peter Turkson (Ghana)

3/1

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (France)

33/1

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Argentina)

80/1

Cardinal Marc Ouellet (Canada)

7/2

Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera (Spain)

33/1

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (South Africa)

80/1

Cardinal Francis Arinze (Nigeria)

9/2

Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi (Italy)

50/1

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller (Germany)

80/1

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (Argentina)

6/1

Cardinal Attilio Nicora (Italy)

50/1

Archbishop Piero Marini (Italy)

100/1

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras)

7/1

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (England)

50/1

Cardinal Silvano Piovanelli (Italy)

100/1

Archbishop Angelo Scola (Italy)

8/1

Cardinal George Pell (Australia)

50/1

Cardinal Karl Lehmann (Germany)

100/1

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (Italy)

8/1

Cardinal Odilo Scherer (Sao Paulo)

50/1

Cardinal Jose Da Cruz Policarpo (Portugal)

100/1

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco (Italy)

12/1

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois(France)

50/1

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (USA)

100/1

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn (Austria)

14/1

Cardinal Robert Sarah(French Guinea)

50/1

Cardinal Walter Kasper (Germany)

125/1

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Italy)

16/1

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Philipines)

50/1

Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo (Brazil)

150/1

Cardinal Claudio Hummes (Brazil)

20/1

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe (Italy)

50/1

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (UK)

150/1

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (USA)

25/1

Cardinal Angelo Amato (Italy)

50/1

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi (Italy)

150/1

Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith (Sri Lanka)

33/1

Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino (Cuba)

50/1

Cardinal Angelo Sodano (Italy)

150/1

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza (Italy)

33/1

Cardinal William Levada (America)

66/1

Archbishop Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez (Dominican Republic)

150/1

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera (Mexico)

33/1

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

66/1

Cardinal Francis George (USA)

200/1

Cardinal Agnostino Vallini(Italy)

33/1

Cardinal Peter Erdo (Hungary)

66/1

Richard Dawkins (UK)

666/1

Cardinal Raymond Burke (America)

33/1

Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela (Spain)

80/1

Bono (Ireland)

1000/1

Cardinal Keith O'Brien (Scotland)

33/1

Cardinal Ivan Dias (India)

80/1

Father Dougal Maguire (Craggy Island)

1000/1

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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