Next Pope Betting Odds & Predictions: Only God Knows?

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:27 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 7:27 PM GMT

God knows people will bet on pretty much anything, which is why the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI just gives your Humble Handicapper and the clever bettor a chance to win some more cash!

The job of Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God, aka Vicar of Jesus Christ" (Vicarius Iesu Christi) keeper of the Documents of Jesus Christ or “Pope” to us mere mortals is up for grabs, and here’s where you find out how to make some money from the Catholic Church, after Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years!

Who will be Pope #266

Sadly there are no betting odds available on the next antipope a person who makes a significantly accepted competing claim to be the Pope, a bit like antipasti which is a food stuff in opposition to the dish generally seen as the legitimate pasta.

Enough with Pontiff pontificating ….WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

Front runners

Although John is the most popular Popes name, the bookies have Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as the leading contender, at 4/1 with Stan James. He is a sprightly 68 years old, and would be ideal to give the Catholic Church an air of youthful glamour. The two next most likely contenders are African Cardinals Francis Arinze of Nigeria at 4-1 with William Hill and Peter Turkson of Ghana at 7-2 with Ladbrokes.

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People conveniently free….

Hilary Clinton, who has “conveniently” stepped down from her job in the US is now free to take up another high-flying political post, but being a woman pushes her out of the running (the myth of Pope Joan, is most probably a myth). Tony Blair is a Catholic and would probably jump at the chance, now that the whole Middle East thing is quieting down… but maybe not. The odds on George Bush’s poodle taking over from God’s Rottweiler is at 5000/1. Silvio Berlusconi is at 2500/1 to bring some Benny Hill / Borgia titillation to the role, but is hardly fancied (regardless of what he thinks).

Mario Balotelli is back in Italy and it wouldn’t surprise me if he threw his (stupid) hat in the ring, but the bookies have him at 2000/1

A rose by any other name…

Whoever it may be, Pope John as his official title is at 7/1, while Boniface is at 50/1, Bonny Face is at 500/1, Pope Rose is at 1000,000/1.

Long shots

As an aside, Richard God Delusion Dawkins is at a waggish 666/1 with Paddy Power to be the next pope!

There’s a double whammy of odds for Father Ted characters with Father Dougal McGuire and Father Jack Hackett at 10,000/1 each to become the next top catholic dog. LOL bets only, although they are the same odds as cycling cheat Lance Armstrong.

Place your bets before we see the white smoke, and go in peace.

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