Odds Are 5/1Trump Will Confirm Alien Life Before 2018 Ends

Martin Green

Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:29 AM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 11:29 AM UTC

Sportsbooks are offering lines on whether President Trump will declare the existence of alien life, open Area 51 to the public or be impeached before he has a chance. Yep, take me to your leader.

It is fair to say that President Trump has delivered some pretty wild press conferences since surging into the White House. He has called out George Washington, demanded “a big fat dose of global warming” amid plummeting Thanksgiving temperatures and said he would date Ivanka if she were not his daughter. There is rarely a dull moment when the president addresses the media, but the sportsbooks think he might deliver his finest moment yet before the end of the year.

Paddy Power is offering +500 on the president making a statement confirming without doubt the existence of alternative, intelligent life beings from another planet before the end of 2018.

It is offering +2500 on him declaring alien life in 2019, so the odds compilers feel that a statement would arrive sooner rather than later. In this market, 2020 or later is the favorite at just -2000. There are around 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe and each one is full of planets orbiting stars. Experts say that makes the probability of intelligent alien life high, we simply have not found it yet.

Scientists are increasingly looking to exoplanets around other nearby stars in search of alien life. In August , a group of physicists made the case to a panel of senator’s that Congress should continue to fund NASA’s search for life beyond Earth. “This will be one of those questions, if answered, that will be remembered forever, because it will be a leap in not only understanding more about nature but a leap in understanding ourselves at a level we've never had in the past,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

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Imagine if Trump were the president to make that announcement? That would certainly blow Obama killing Bin Laden out of the water, and it would give him a number of new slogans ahead of his pitch for re-election in 2020. Right now he is just -400 with William Hill to secure the Republican candidacy, with Mike Pence a distant second at +900. However, the Democrats are -125 to return to power in 2020, while the Republicans are +110 underdogs, so he might have to start thinking of drastic schemes to boost his approval ratings.

One leftfield strategy would be opening up Area 51 to the public. Paddy Power is offering +3300 that he will open it during his first term in office, and stranger things have happened. He is also +2000 to announce that alien lifeforms exist at some point while president of the United States. Both prop markets have attracted a few wagers with the Irish bookmaker, which now owns FanDuel and is carving out a large slice of the regulated U.S. sports betting market.

Yet the president may have other things to worry about as he is now just +120 to be hit with articles of impeachment during his first term, with -137 on no impeachment proceedings being launched. The Democrats ruled out an immediate bid to impeach him after returning to the House of Representatives, but they are eagerly awaiting the results of Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links with the Russian government during his presidential campaign. Mueller may soon be ready to reveal what he has learned in his Russia probe, but the president does not seem unduly concerned.

He is just -400 to last the full term in office, and +1000 with Bet365 to be convicted by the senate during his first term in office. Betfred is running a market on what year Trump will cease to be president and 2021 is the +125 favorite. However, if you think he will win a second term, you can find odds of +250 on 2025. The bookmaker has +450 on 2019 and +700 on 2020 in case impeachment occurs, while 20=18 is +3300, 2024 is +4000 and 2022 and 2023 are both +5000.

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