‘El Chapo’ Prop Bets Let Bettors Be Judge, Jury

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:52 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 12:52 PM UTC

Fascination with the infamous Mexican drug lord, spawned by his larger-than-life ego, two brazen prison escapes and his trial in the United States, prompts prop bets.

<p>Accused Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – indicted, extradited and on trial in New York City on charges of drug trafficking to murder conspiracy – is as much a pop culture icon as he is an infamous criminal.</p><p>And that notorious status has earned the drug kingpin a half-dozen prop bets regarding his trial and life-span on <a href="https://mybookie.ag/sportsbook/current-events/" rel="nofollow" title="Check Out The Sportsbook">MyBookie.</a></p><p><img alt="Image result for el chapo trial" src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/wires/04/50/09/92/602x338_witness-at-el-chapo-trial-tells-of-high-level-corruption.jpg" /></p><p>Revered as a folk hero akin to Robin Hood, celebrated in song and popping up in the Netflix series “Narcos,” Guzman, 61, is painted by federal prosecutors as a man who went from a small-town drug dealer to eventual head of a murderous drug cartel that easily managed multimillion-dollar cocaine transactions. He allegedly earned nearly $15 billion as head of the vast Sinaola cartel, which is reportedly responsible for as many as 70,000 deaths.</p><p>Feeding that mystique are Guzman’s two audacious prison breaks:</p><ul> <li>In 2001, after being given a 20-year prison sentence for drug trafficking and murder, he bribed guards and escaped a maximum-security facility reportedly in a cart of dirty laundry. While on the run, he always seemed to be one step ahead of authorities and reportedly was seen in public frequently, including an alleged dinner at a restaurant in Tamaulipas, where patrons were asked not to use their mobile devices and he picked up the tab for everyone in the restaurant. He was finally captured in 2014 while hiding in tunnels in Mazatlan.</li> <li>In July 2015, Guzman escaped Altiplano high-security prison by slipping through a hole in the floor of his cell’s shower, traveling through a one-mile tunnel dug by his henchmen. The incident was highly embarrassing for Mexican officials when those digging the tunnel actually missed and came up in the wrong cell, course-corrected, and eventually hit their target. Guzman was arrested in early January 2016 after a gunfight.</li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Today's dispatch from El Chapo's trial: more grisly testimony from a very cheerful cartel turncoat, who accused El Chapo of ordering hits for infractions as petty as refusing to shake his hand. Also, here's a diamond-encrusted pistol entered into evidence today &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/YcqeNtGou3\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/YcqeNtGou3&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Noah Hurowitz (@NoahHurowitz) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NoahHurowitz/status/1064651896311488513?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;November 19, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>And now “El Chapo,” which means “shorty” (he is 5-foot-6), is on trial based on a 17-count indictment that spans his 30-year alleged criminal rampage. One count is based on the “kingpin” statute that, if convicted, brings a mandatory life sentence.</p><p>A prop bet on MyBookie is related to his possible punishment if convicted – What will El Chapo’s sentence be? Life In Prison (-350), Death Penalty (-200), Life With Possibility of Parole (+300), Other (+1000). Our pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" title="Free Sports &amp; Entertainment Picks">It’s the end of the line for Guzman</a>; he will be sentenced to life in prison.</p><p><a href="https://mybookie.ag/sportsbook/current-events/" rel="nofollow" title="Go To MyBookie Site">The other prop bets on site are:</a></p><ul> <li>Will El Chapo be found guilty? Yes (-700), No (+400). <strong>Our pick: </strong>The answer is, of course, yes. He may wiggle out of a charge, but he will be convicted.</li> <li>Will El Chapo escape from prison again? Yes (+2000), No (-10,000). <strong>Our pick: </strong>There will no laundry hamper. No tunnel. There will be no “third time is the charm” for El Chapo.</li> <li>Will El Chapo die in prison before the trial ends? Yes (+500), No (-900). <strong>Our pick: </strong>No. Security is tight for the expected four-month trial, including Guzman being held in solitary confinement in jail. And when he is being transported to and from court, his police-escorted motorcade, complete with SWAT and an ambulance, travels over a closed Brooklyn Bridge.</li> <li>Will El Chapo write a book in prison? Yes (-120), No (-120). <strong>Our pick: </strong>This is a toughy, he hasn’t written one yet. But, he’ll likely have plenty of time in prison to do so.</li> <li>Will El Chapo die of non-natural causes in prison? Yes (+200), No (-300). <strong>Our pick:</strong> No. But El Chapo should consider requesting the same guards that kept Charles Manson alive for more than 40 years in prison.</li></ul>
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