Black day for bookies if Blue or Jedward win
The unprecedented gamble on the UK and Ireland's entry into this year's Eurovision Song Contest has continued at full throttle today, with one William Hill customer placing a £10,000 on Blue.
Blue & Jedward are so popular that industry turnover is set to smash the £10 million barrier with William Hill increasing their forecast turnover from £2 million to £2.5 million.
"Jedward are our worst result, with one Dublin based client set to take us for a six figure sum should they win but the UK are not far behind and should either win they will spark seven figure payouts!" said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
William Hill Latest Eurovision Song Contest Betting: 6/4 France, 7/2 Ireland, 8/1 Azerbaijan, 10/1 UK, 16/1 Estonia, 20/1 Denmark, 20/1 Austria, 20/1 Germany, 22/1 Finland, 22/1 Hungary, 25/1 Bosnia Herzegovina, 25/1 Sweden, 40/1 Iceland, 50/1 Georgia, 66/1 Russia, 80/1 Ukraine, 80/1 Slovenia, 100/1 Serbia, 100/1 Switzerland, 125/1 Romania, 125/1 Greece, 125/1 Italy, 150/1 Moldova, 200/1 Lithuania, 200/1 Spain.
UK finishing position: 11/8 first-fifth, 6/4 sixth-tenth, 4/1 eleventh - fifteenth, 12/1 sixteenth-twentieth, 16/1 twenty first - twenty sixth.
33/1 UK - ‘nul' points.
Ireland finishing position: 11/10 first-fifth, 6/4 sixth-tenth, 5/1 eleventh - fifteenth, 14/1 sixteenth-twentieth, 20/1 twenty first - twenty sixth.
6/1 Jedward to unintentionally fall during their performance.
33/1 Jedward to split by end of 2011
66/1 Jedward to get ‘nul' points.
100/1 Jedward to shave their heads before the Eurovision final.
UK To Give Ireland A Max 12 points: 2/7 Yes, 5/2 No
Eurovision Fact Sheet:
William Hill expect to take over 100 bets a minute during the live show on Saturday.
William Hill expect to take £750,000 during the live show and possibly up to £2.5 million on the show itself.
William Hill expect the industry turnover to exceed £10 million.
Biggest bet taken so far was €20,0000 placed in Vienna, that Austria would qualify for the finals....they did and the customer has collected €28,000.
Biggest bet on which country will win is a £5,000 bet on Ireland to win at 20/1. The Dublin based punter will win £100,000 if Jedward win.
Betting has increased twofold this year, the increase is probably due to the UK and Ireland both being perceived to have a good chance of winning.
Average bet is up from £8.50 last year to £14.10 this year.
In the UK more women than men bet on the Eurovision, but in Europe more men than women.
Hills have taken bets on the Eurovision from 29 different countries.