New-pope bettors were wrong



In this March 1, 2013, file photo, Jessica Bridge, a spokesperson with a betting company, poses for members of the media, next to a board with odds regarding the possible new Pope, central London. AP/LEFTERIS PITARAKIS

Bettors gambling on Pope Benedict’s replacement were very much wrong.

Argentina’s Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was a consensus 25-1 underdog to be selected at the conclave, gambling expert R.J. Bell of says.

At least 15 names were considered ahead of Bergoglio in 12 books accepting wagers on the papal election in Europe and online outside the United States. “Everyone was paying attention to the top dozen or so favorites,” Bell says.

Now, at least one online bookmaker is letting bettors speculate on Pope Francis’ future. Ireland-based Paddy Power is offering 16-1 odds that Catholics will see a third pope in 2013, and 5-2 odds that Pope Francis will eventually resign.—Oskar Garcia

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  • dxdaistar

    Stupid bettors!

  • Raffy

    lol pati pa ba to

  • ApoLapullapu

    This is one reason why we cannot stop the proliferation of Casinos.  People even on who will be the next Pope.

  • ninestrokes

    They weren’t wrong. They got the money, didn’t they? ;)

  • ern


  • Frankcisjawo

    mabuti  hindi si Cardinal Scola…otherwise POP(e) COLA ang tawag

  • iamwhoiam

    Can you not you bettors and betting bookmakers respect the sanctity of this event? Shame on all of you!

    • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

      gambling is a source of money. they support the needs of the church. does phil charity sweepstakes sound familiar?

      • nicosan

        really.. that’s ur argument?

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        really? can our priests excommunicate gamblers? really? can our priests excommunicate Estrada? really can our priests excommunicate chavit? corrupt Gloria? kris Aquino?

        make me laugh. our priests accepts anyone with money. that’s REALITY.

      • WeAry_Bat

        …and defend close to the level of utang na loob.

        Why?  Their livelihood is based on charity.  They depend on receiving.  Thus, one cannot expect some of them to have integrity. 

        But God bless the few who receive but still admonish their bad ways.

      • LJ1200

         Probably, they go to confession very often that is why they don’t get excommunicated.  And besides excommunicated Catholics are still considered Catholics.

  • harry hart

    I had a fiver on that Ghanaian cardinal with Paddy Power.  Unfortunately, there was no each way bet (first three) because I suppose the conclave don’t divulge the places. Pity.


    I already placed my bet that Franz will not last 3 years.  5/1

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    yan pala maganda..dapat lahat ng botante nasa conclave para di natin mapanood ang mga comercials at d natin mabasa ang mga PAID surveys for trending..dami kc madaling maloko n botante

  • Halo

    Why are people gambling over this? Isnt it ironic that people gamble over who will be the next pope when the pope is supposed to be the harbinger of good morals. Gambling is and will never be included as a showcase of good morality.

    • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

      but gamblers are always welcomed in the church. right chavit?

      • Edward

        yes. and why not read The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30) that you may know and understand why the Church welcomes both the good and the sinners and not separate the former from the latter..

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        if that’s the case, adam and eve wouldn’t be sent out of eden.

  • WebUserToday

    No one can predict the work of Holy Spirit that’s why all human predictions go wrong.

  • Jao Romero

    akala ko si Tagle magiging Pope? hahaha. asan na yung nagkakalat na malakas daw si Tagle? bobo.

  • Italpino

    Felt so good that the newly elected Pope was not black and the assumed name was not Peter II. The prophecy of St. Malacchia had frightened me. But it’s over at least for now. High hopes are now pouring in. Viva il Papa.

    • LJ1200

       Well, Jesuits are often called the Black Pope and Pope Francis is a Jesuit.

    • GKLer

      Malachy’s List described any of the following: Pope’s coat of arms, deeds, birthplace, circumstances, name, etc. It doesn’t mean it is automatically and literally the name of the next pope. What is certain, is that Malachy had one last name on his list – Petrus Romanus. If Francis is Petrus, then that’s the last entry in Malachy’s list.

  • Albert

    I honestly thought it was going to be one of the Brazilian cardinals, but I knew in my gut it would be a south american pope, never a filipino.
    Tagle being pope meant he could have reigned for the next 40 years. That would have meant ALL of them would already be in their grave without having a chance themselves to be next.

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