We have installed a billboard featuring Presidential candidate Donald Trump and outgoing leader Barack Obama above the Waterloo pub on nearby Baggot Street.
The advertisement is a massive 6m x 4m and sits two doors down from a Paddy Power shop, contrasts Trump’s perma-tan skin tone to that of Barack Obama, the first black US President, by carrying the title of “Orange Is The New Black?” along with the property tycoon’s odds of winning the presidential race.
The move comes as Paddy Power can report that Hillary Clinton’s post-convention bump seems to be waning. After a period of heightened cash for Hillary, the bookie is again starting to see chunky punts on Trump at the prices available.
From initial odds of 100/1 to secure the Oval Office in 2012, the star of U.S. version of The Apprentice was cut into 40/1 after he announced his intention to run for office in June 2015.
Since then, despite his campaign being more controversial than Colin Kaepernick’s protest, his odds have continued to tumble with punters piling into the Trumpdozer at any price they can get their hands on.
Should he go onto win the White House, punters stand to win in excess of €1m – comfortably the biggest political payout in Paddy Power’s history, a figure likely to double over the coming months.
The Donald’s current price of represents a 25% chance of chance of succeeding President Obama, while Hillary Clinton remains the 4/11 favourite for the Oval Office.
Paddy Power, a spokesperson for Paddy Power, said “With the gridiron attracting hordes of American visitors we thought we’d give them a little insight into how their Republican candidate is faring in the betting. Despite some of Trump’s comments being more ill-advised than his hair, the billionaire is still very much in the race and there is a realistic chance that orange may be the new black.”
As for the game itself, Paddy Power make Georgia Tech its 4/6 favourites to mark their trip to Dublin with a win while Boston College are available at 13/10 to leave the Emerald Isle with a victory under their belts.
Words: Féilim Mac An Iomaire