Royal Baby betting
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby is being heavily speculated upon by bookmakers. Although the topic is not something you would instantly associate with betting, you’d be surprised at the markets on offer. Let’s take a look if there’s any value to be had.
This is probably the first market that would spring to mind. Many bookmakers have chosen to avoid this one, but you can find odds 10/11 on either sex that are quoted by William Hill. Obviously, this is more or less a theory based on the flip of a coin. However, you could research current baby trends, and see whether you could get an advantage from looking at family history.
One market that’s a little more open is the name of the baby. Mary is the clear favourite and is 4/1 with Coral and Ladbrokes. Even though the gender is 50/50, the lowest price boy’s name is 14/1 for Frederick. Surely there’s a bit of value to be had here if the baby is male? Alternatively, it may just mean that the bookies haven’t got a clue what his name could be.
Now we’ve got some bets that are a little unlikely, but could represent a very nice return if it comes in. One male name that stands out is Albert and can be found at 16/1 with EnergyBet. James and Arthur are also at the same price.
Moving on to female names, Elizabeth sits at the same figure with Ladbrokes and Coral, which would be in direct reference with the Queen. However, who fancies a punt that William could use his mother’s Diana’s name if it’s a girl? You can get odds of 20/1 at Betfred, but it would be seen as highly controversial.
As we look further down the market, it seems that there are some novelty options available. Camilla can be found at 80/1 with Unibet, Bruce is 100/1 with Ladbrokes, and Kylie is 250/1 with Coral. You can also bet on Chardonnay being the baby’s name at a huge 500/1, again with Coral.
We’ve then got Ladbrokes and Coral both quoting which day of the week the Royal Baby will be born. Every day is 5/1, but it does seem that this is literally a lottery.
Alternatively, you can bet on which time of the day the baby arrives. You can find odds of 1/1 for a birth between midnight and 11:59. The price is 5/2 between midday and 17:59, while it is 2/1 between 18:00 and 23:59.
In terms of the name of the baby, it is incredibly rare for something to be chosen that is unusual. However, it wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise for a name to be chosen that breaks tradition. We suggest that low wagers are placed with regards to this market.
It would be easier to make a bet on the gender of the baby. Obviously, there are only two outcomes and it’s possible to research some family history in order to try and gain an advantage over the bookies.