I’m not saying he is… then again I’m not saying he isn’t, either…
An article in USA Today looked at the prospect of The Donald running for president in 2012 or not by analysing some bookmaking odds. The bottom line in the article refers to The Donald’s chances of not running being more of a sure bet than running. According to the author: Bookmaker.com says there’s a 48% chance Trump will run for president, compared with a 65% likelihood he won’t.
It got me thinking. In Australia, most betting is legal, whether it’s on a sporting event, international events or political elections. This sort of betting action is legal in many countries, as opposed to the US where not all states allow gambling.
But wherever you live – we’ve come a long way baby – and today bookies are alive and well and living on the internet. There are literally hundreds of online betting facilities (including Bookmaker.com above) that allow one to place real time bets on the rational and irrational alike across the globe. EasySportsBetting4u.com will take bets on American Idol results, crab-racing, frog jumping and whether or not your favourite Hollywood couple will stay together, break up and how many kids they might eventually have together. Silly but true!
And we all know The Donald is listed as sole owner of a casino or two on his resume. So what’s to prevent him from making this huge national spectacle of himself in a massive effort to gain enough attention to bump up the odds that he is a serious contender – and when the odds are ripe for the picking drop out with a pre-paid booking slip in one hand and a pre-planned excuse that makes him look honourable, above board and with only the best of intentions for his party and country in the other – only to walk away with an incredible windfall that ‘he’ created by falsely riding a presidential run for office?
I mean Sarah Palin’s been taking full financial advantage of insinuating but not clearly announcing her intentions to run in 2012 for over a year now – so why wouldn’t The Donald, who has the knowledge of and access to high-stakes gambling institutions step into the third quarter of this ballgame and grab his share of the loot? It’s not like quarterbacks never take a planned hit…
Does no one audit the players anymore?