Trump's New Dedicated Bookmaker at Paddy PowerFriday, Aug 11, 2017 06:21
Paddy Power are hoping to win big on Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency by appointing a devoted White House bookmaker. Joe Lee has been tasked with satisfying the world’s unyielding appetite for all things Trump with a selection of very unusual offers. The company aims to place itself as the world’s go to destination for Trump novelty bets with a comprehensive range of offers from the somewhat feasible to the downright bizarre.
Trump’s Right-Hand Man
The world’s fascination with the 45th president of the United States shows no signs of going away and Paddy Power are keen to cash in on the phenomenon. Back in March Paddy Power launched its campaign to find “a head of Trump betting” attracting over 100 candidates. The ideal candidate was described as having “substantial experience with fake tan”, “an ability to detect fake news” and “a better understanding of global politics than Donald Trump” while being multilingual with an ability to decode “Trumpisms” was a distinct advantage.
After an arduous selection process 35-year old Joe Lee came out on top and has been appointed as Paddy Power’s official Head of Trump Bets. Joe, a bookmaker of 15 years, said: “There’s no one in the world like Donald Trump and people are fascinated by him. He is far more popular than Brexit was with the betting public. If Trump is qualified to do that, then I don’t think any other job or candidate can be seen as ridiculous”. The father of two will be tasked with creating the industry’s biggest selection of Donald Trump novelty bets and will remain in the position for the duration of Trump’s presidency. Joe will even be given his own team to oversee operations but has promised to be more forgiving than the American tycoon; “I’m very much looking forward to putting my own cabinet together but unlike Mr Trump, I won’t be sacking them all within a few months”.
Paddy Power are currently offering around 150 different Donald Trump bets with some being a little more serious than others. A pick of some of the best novelty bets on offer includes:
- Trump to serve a second term (3/1)
- France to ask for the statue of Liberty back (50/1)
- The Rock to stand against Trump in 2020 (25/1)
- Trump to open Area 51 to the public (33/1)
- Trump to paint the White House gold (500/1)
- The Donald to play a round of golf with Obama (4/1)
- Trump to add his own face to Mount Rushmore (100/1)
- Trump to confirm that he’s had hair surgery (2/1)
When Trump first announced his intention to run for the office of President in 2016 he was seen by many as a joke candidate. Early in his campaign bookmakers gave odds of 200/1 on the 71-year old, former Apprentice USA host, winning the race. Like most bookies, Paddy Power failed to take Trump's candidacy seriously and ended up paying a huge price for it. The company paid out over $1.25m to those who had bet on Hillary Clinton winning the election, citing a certain victory, two weeks before votes were cast. As we all know now Trump shocked the world with an unprecedented win and put a severe dent in the Paddy Power finances. The company will be hoping that they fare better with The Donald this time around.