Paddy Power Picks Peter Turkson as Favourite for Pope
Paddy Power has chosen Peter Turkson from Ghana as the favourite to replace Pope Benedict, if Turkson is selected then it will be the first time that a non-European has been chosen to lead the Catholic Church in over 1000 years.
Paddy Power is offering odds of 11/4 on Turkson and Ladbrokes is offering similar odds of 5/2. Paddy Power has given odds of 3/1 on Angelo Scola making him the second favourite candidate.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said, “Pope Benedict quitting leaves a tall hat to fill – let’s just hope God gives him a good reference for his next job. As for the betting, the real action kicks off now.”
According to Paddy Power, Turkson has attracted the most bests, 15% of all placed and also the largest single bet of £5,000 has been placed on him.
Other possible candidates are Nigeria’s Francis Arinze and Canadian Marc Ouellet.
Ladbrokes still thinks Ouellet has a chance and has given him odds of 7/1; however both Ladbrokes and Paddy Power have given Arinze odds of 25/1 suggesting his chances are not all that high.
So far £300,000 has been bet at on the next pope at Paddy Power.