Bookies bet the papacy will return to Italy
By emily
As the cardinals prepare for the ritual of choosing the next Pope, bookies are cashing in on the front-runners nationality.

John Paul II was the first Pope in over 400 years to come from outside Italy, but according to William Hills, nine of the top twenty candidates are from Italy. However Nigerian Francis Arinze - who was the subject of the largest bet struck so far, of £500 - their 9/2 favourite. Hills make France's Jean-Marie Lustiger 5/1 second favourite, with Germany's Joseph Ratzinger 11/2 third favourite.

'Although the Italians dominate numerically, there are still several very strong contenders from different countries who could come through to win and we offer 5/4 that the next Pope will be Italian, but 4/7 that he will not,' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Online Casino provides online gamblers with information on online casino gambling, sports betting tips, wining casino tips, internet casino reviews, sports odds, matchups, results, editorial and much, much more… We also have an industry insider’s section including Internet gaming press releases, a calendar of events and gaming industry news.
Bluff Europe: Europe's leading Poker Magazine brings you the latest Poker News, Player Interviews and all the best Online Poker offers Poker in the Park: Europe's largest Poker Festival.