LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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Kate Middleton pregnant: Royal baby news greeted by bookies

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LONDON - Who's cashing in on the royal pregnancy? Betting shops.

Punters (bettors) in Britain have a range of possible wagers from betting agencies William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. Odds as of Tuesday morning:

MULTIPLE BIRTH?
Paddy Power: Twins: 8-1; Triplets 100-1; Quadruplets or more 500-1

HOW BIG?
Paddy Power: Under 5 pounds, 5-1; 6  pounds to 6 pounds 15 ounces, 7-2

NAME OF BABY
Paddy Power: Catherine 20-1, Diana 9-1, William 16-1, Britney 500-1
Ladbrokes: Catherine 16-1, Diana 12-1, Charles 10-1, Arsene 500-1

ARSENE?
Ha ha. As in Arsene Wenger, coach of Arsenal FC soccer team. Anyway, Prince William supports Aston Villa.

WILL BABY BE A VOGUE COVER MODEL BEFORE 18?
William Hill: 33-1

WILL BABY BECOME PRO SOCCER STAR?
William Hill: 1,000-1

AND ONE FINAL THOUGHT:
"Everybody has got a chance to experience it in their own way, right down to the fact of betting on the names -- is it going to be Frances or James or Baby Gaga?" said royal historian Robert Lacey.


 

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