American Idol Betting Action Hots Up
By Andrew B
After weeks of battling it out in the latest edition of American Idol, the final round is upon us. From an original field of thousands, just 12 contestants remain in the show that has become one of the most popular with online bettors as well as television audiences.

Pinnacle Sports, who became the first sportsbook in the world to offer betting on the hit reality series by offering individual odds on the final 24 Idol contestants in mid-February, has updated their odds on which performer will win the popular vote and become the next American Idol.

With three weeks of performances and betting now complete, Chris Daughtry has emerged as the favourite to win the major record deal at 7/2 odds after originally opening at 8/1. Mandisa, originally deemed a 47/1 long shot by the oddsmakers, is now listed at the second-best odds of 11/2. As for the early favourites, Ace Young and Katharine McPhee remain solid contenders at 6/1 odds.

Simon Noble of Pinnacle Sports said, “We've already received a record amount of bets on this series of American Idol and anticipate thousands more wagers as the series draws to a close.”

In addition to offering wagering on who'll win the reality series, Pinnacle Sports has created several other betting options. These include contestant match-ups, odds to reach the Idol 'Final Four', whether a male or female competitor will win and who'll be eliminated next.

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