Donald Trump’s odds of winning the US presidential election have been slashed amid an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Trump’s odds with Betway are now 2/1 – his shortest for a month – behind Clinton on 4/11.
Alan Alger of Betway said:
Before today, the number of bets placed on Hillary Clinton outweighed those placed on Donald Trump by at least 4:1.
Following the latest polls the money is pouring in for Donald and we’ve had to slash his odds from 11/4 to 2/1 – the equal shortest he’s been in the betting for a month. If the money is right, then Clinton, who can be backed at 4/11, is far from home and dry.
Paddy Power, meanwhile, has already paid out more than $1m to customers who backed Clinton and are now “sweating over the election result after Donald Trump’s odds of being elected improved significantly over the weekend”. His odds of winning on Paddy Power are 5/2.
Paddy Power’s Feilim Mac An Iomaire said: “We’re not reaching for the rosary beads just yet but if money talks, and it usually does, it’s telling us that Trump still has a puncher’s chance and he’ll be leaving us with some very expensive egg on our face if he does manage to pull it off.”
The bookmaker also released a list of events less likely, in betting terms, than Trump winning:
3/1 Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship 2016-2017
15/2 Seattle Seahawks to win Superbowl LI
9/2 Germany to win World Cup 2018
3/1 Liverpool FC to win the English Premier League
3/1 Taylor Swift to win best album at the 2017 Grammy Awards
5/1 Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to be the next Pope
11/4 Cersei Lannister to sit atop the Iron Throne at the end of Game of Thrones Season 7
7/2 London to have a white Christmas
3/1 Aidan Turner to be the next James Bond
Meanwhile, in the latest ABC News/ Washington Post tracking poll, Trump has overtaken Clinton among likely voters.
Some 46 per cent back the Republican, versus 45 per cent for Democrat Clinton.
The US will vote for a new president on 8 November. Trump has come under fire after a 2005 tape emerged in which he was filmed bragging about kissing and groping women, while Clinton is the subject of an FBI investigation.