At the end of this week are two non-sporting events that are both getting action at Internet bookies. The Royal Wedding of Kate and William is a favorite amongst British players with prop bets galore. And U.S. players are being given the opportunity for some NFL wagering in April, betting on the NFL draft.
British bookmakers have a overabundance of Royal Wedding bets. William Hill has them listed under Major Betting Events section and PaddyPower has 35 different props (!) located at the top of their overall betting menu. There are bets available at almost every EU shop for the color of Kate’s dress, the color of the Queen’s hat and the length of the train in the wedding dress. We put together a quick glance at some Royal Wedding betting odds for the most popular bets. In additiona, there are also some fun and quirky bets that punters are taking a shot at. How about the first to be shown on the BBC crying. With such plays as Elton John at 8-1 and the Queen at 16-1, Kate’s mother at 5-2 looks like a safe play. Or how about the main course at the wedding reception? Roast Beef and Yorksire pudding or Salmon are joint ‘favorites’ at 3-1. How about taking a shot with Shepherds’ Pie at 20-1 or Swan at 100-1. Swan, Really!
British bookmakers expect to see over 1.5 million dollars wagered on the Royal Wedding. In the UK that is a large amount of handle for a non-sports event. Typically the largest TV show in the UK, the X-Factor, gets $100,000 in total handle. But this is still a big event and may be a boon for UK bookmakers. “As a nonsports event that will be second to only our pope-betting in 2005,” Paddy Power spokesman Darren Haines told the Associated Press.
While Royal Wedding betting is most prominent with UK bookmakers, Bookmaker and Bodog also have some wagering available. Bookmaker, however, has a $25 limit per bet, obviously these wagers are just for fun at the Costa Rica bookmaking giant. But Bodog is participating to the fullest, with nearly 20 props on the board. Since the Roayl Wedding is not as big an event for U.S. players, the books servicing mainly U.S. customers and many Caribbean and Central America books are giving their players something to look forward to at the end of the week – the NFL Draft.
As silly as betting the NFL draft may seem, there is actually a little handicapping that can be done on these wagers. Bodog is featuring nearly 40 different bets and Sportsbook.com has 20 in their current betting menu. Players can wager on whether Cam Newton will go in the #1 slot or if a lineman will be taken first. At Bodog players can pit the Big 12 agsint the SEC or the Big Ten vs. the ACC for the most players drafted form their respective confrerence. At Sportsbook.com players can wager on the ‘total’ for number of players from each conference that will be drafted.
Unlike the Royal Wedding, players can do a bit of handicapping research for the NFL draft. We used the NFL website for some insights and found it pretty easy to come to some conclusions. In addition, there are mock drafts galore around the web. With the Carolina Panthers picking first and in need of a top flight QB, Cam Newton is a pretty good play for the #1 pick.
Enjoy your spring wagering and have fun with these prop bets.