Pope Benedict’s resignation sparks massive betting rush

Speculation has begun on who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who will resign on  February 28. It will definitely become a big betting rush as bookmakers have already placed odds on his successor. Market watchers expect that betting on the next pope will break many records.

Pope betting odds

Pope Benedict XVIMaybe an African cardinal will be selected as the next pope. Unibet is offering odds of 2.50 on the next pope being African, while you can back a North American to become pope at 6.50. The online betting site also offers odds of 4.00 on a Latin American successor. At the same time, you can bet on an Italian pontiff (3.00), or a British pope (35.00).

First African pope in 1,500 years

BestOnlineCasino.com discusses some of the most important candidates, with behind every name the odds. The Nigerian catholic archbishop Francis Arinze (5.00) may become the first African born pope in more than 1,500 years. Another rumored candidate, Peter Turkson (2.85) from Ghana is the current president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Canadian, Honduran, Italian and Filipino candidate

The Canadian archbishop Marc Ouellet (6.50) is a former archbishop of Quebec. Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga (10.00) is a Honduran cardinal who speaks six different languages fluently. Angelo Scola (8.00) from Italy was appointed archbishop of Milan in 2011, and is considered as the leading Italian candidate. The 55-year-old Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (10.00) is another candidate for the papacy.
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