Published on January 7th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
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…