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The casting of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor has caused quite a few raised eyebrows, none moreso than in the betting industry.

An astonishing cut of 33-1 to 10-1 between Friday evening and Saturday evening suggests that individuals with insider knowledge could have been placing large bets on Smith.

It’s not necessarily a coup, however, and not an irregularity says Darren Haines of Paddy Power:

"For such an unknown name as Matt Smith to go from 33-1 to 10-1 suggests there were obviously people who did know.

"However it wasn’t widespread, so it wasn’t enough to set our alarm bells ringing, otherwise he would have crashed in as favourite.  [The bets were] enough to suggest there were people out there who knew, but I certainly wouldn’t describe it as a betting coup".

That’s the official word – but what are the thoughts of Kasterborous’ own resident gambler, Mr Professor Peach?

Oh it’s as old as this emerging industry is young.  Almost seen as a form of pension for these poor underpaid telly bods.  It’s like Bob Murrary’s daughter who let in her teachers on who the next Sunderand manager would be a few years back only for them to put a grand a piece on.  All very embarrassing I seem to remember….

If we see Gary Russell’s Facebook page informing us he’s on a 6 month sabbatical in Rio de Janiero, we’ll know something was up.


Oh I dunno, it might pay for some shoes…

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