Mystery Bettor turns Ladbrokes Democrat
By philip
An anonymous Canadian high roller has placed $110,000 on a Bush re-election, in doing so single-handedly shortening the odds on the Republican President and turning Ladbrokes staunchly Democrat. The wager is the biggest the bookmaker has ever taken on a political event and the identity of the man remains a closely guarded secret.

'I tried hard to make him go public,' said Warren Lush, chief oddsmaker at Ladbrokes, the famous London-based gambling broker. 'I'm going to work on him over the next couple of weeks. He doesn't want to speak to the press. I'd love to be able to (tell you), but I just can't.'

'The power of this one man has left our book weighted quite heavily,' says Lush. 'We'll lose if the Republicans win. At the moment, we want the Democrats to win, because of our book.'

Ladbrokes were forced to shorten the odds on Bush from 11-8 to 4-7 following the bet. He still remains favourite, with Kerry at 5-4. Lush said: “We see the President emerging victorious in 31 states and Senator Kerry in 19 plus Washington DC. This election is garnering by far more interest than any previous election globally.”

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