|According to BetWWTS.com school psychologist Helene is sure to be the one chosen as potential wife by “The Bachelor,” but the ABC network swears that the winner is still a secret that has not leaked out. |
The online gaming company last week stopped taking bets on the taped reality series after an avalanche of big bets on Helene clicked in from Springfield, Missouri, hometown of the show's bachelor, 28-year-old banker Aaron Buerge.
ABC spokeswoman Lauren Tobin sourced the rumor to a Springfield radio station which claimed that Buerge and Helene had been seen together.
“But nobody's been back to that town since the filming of the show, so there is no way anyone could have seen them there,' she said.
She confirmed that Buerge and his final pick have been out together elsewhere, but 'never in Springfield.' And, of course, she would not reveal the name of the lucky winner.
Kyle Frantini, a spokesman for Antigua-based BetWWTS.com, said about 60 percent of betting at the site on 'The Bachelor' came from Springfield, and the money is on Helene.
'Our management thinks some people might have seen them together or heard from someone who did ... we had people who were referring each other to the site,' he said.
Frantini added that BetWTTS.com will honor wagers made before bets were halted, but odds are that future editions of the show won't be featured on the gaming site.
This is not the first time the winner of a reality game show has been rumored. When the inaugural edition of the CBS hit 'Survivor' was shown in 2000, a Canadian college student claimed to have hacked into the network's web site and discovered that Gervase Peterson had won the show's million dollar prize.
The rumor was proven wrong, however, when Peterson was voted off on the show's 10th episode.
On 'The Bachelor' – the finale will air next Wednesday – Buerge is still debating whether to propose to 27-year-old New Jersey native Helene, or Brooke, a 22-year-old college student from Alabama.