Paddy Power has been forced to slash the odds on The Undertaker winning this month’s Royal Rumble, after a stream of bets on The Deadman.
When the book opened on the event late last year, The Demon of Death Valley was priced as a 20/1 (4.8% chance) long-shot – but, after taking thousands on him emerging victorious, have cut him into 5/6 (54.5%) favourite.
The Undertaker’s chilling announcement on Monday Night Raw was the clear motivation for the avalanche of bets – but the wrestler second-most popular with Paddy’s punters is less easily explained, beyond blind patriotism.
Bray-born Finn Balor has also attracted thousands, and is currently priced at 7/1 (12.5%). That’s only slightly behind Chris Jericho at 6/1 (14.3%), following his historic capture of the US Title on this week’s Raw.
More than a quarter of the bets received on the Royal Rumble have backed The Undertaker, but not everyone has gone down the obvious route – with punters betting on potential wildcards including Hulk Hogan (200/1), Ronda Rousey (250/1) and Barack Obama (500/1).
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “If you’re talking about who’ll be the last man standing, The Undertaker is a good bet in most scenarios.
“But Irish stars are dominating combat sports at the moment, just look at Conor McGregor in UFC. For me, there’ll be just one man standing at the Finn – Mr Balor.”
6/1 Braun Strowman
6/1 Randy Orton
6/1 Chris Jericho
7/1 Finn Balor
12/1 John Cena
14/1 Brock Lesnar
150/1 Stone Cold
200/1 Hulk Hogan
250/1 Ronda Rousey
300/1 Conor McGregor
500/1 Barack Obama
500/1 Donald Trump
500/1 Floyd Mayweather
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