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Sportsbooks Offer Game Of Thrones Futures Betting Market

Bran Stark Is The Favorite To Win The Iron Throne, Poker Pro Tries To Bet On Jamie Lannister


The hit television series Game of Thrones began its eighth and final season a few weeks ago and just like the rest of the world, most of the poker world is enthralled with the HBO drama.

At least one of the game’s most successful pros is trying to get action on which character is going to end the show sitting on the ‘Iron Throne’ as king of the fictional world. A few days ago, Ben Lamb tweeted that he was trying to bet with anybody that Jamie Lannister, a character on the show with a history of slaying kings, would finish the show as king.

The former November Niner with $9.7 million in tournament earnings isn’t looking to take action on the favorite. According to an article from ESPN Chalk, Bran Stark is the favorite to finish the season sitting on the throne.

ESPN is reporting that most sportsbooks in the U.K. have Stark as the favorite. PaddyPower, one of the country’s largest online sportsbooks have Stark’s odds at 10:11 to win the throne.

Lamb’s pick of Lannister was one of the bigger longshots to win the throne. According to PaddyPower, before the season started, he was 25:1 to win the throne. Lamb saw different numbers online and was looking to get 35:1, according to his tweet.

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ryan Leng was willing to take his action for a maximum bet of $500 until he saw that Bovada was offering the same 25:1 odds that PaddyPower offered.

They were never able to agree to a price publicly on social media.

In America, most sportsbooks won’t take bets on the outcomes of television shows out of fear that information will be leaked.

In February, however, there were several New Jersey sportsbooks that allowed gamblers to wager on the Oscars. The betting limits were incredibly small. It’s likely that Lamb took to social media to find someone to book his bet because he wanted to wager more than an online book would allow.

In Europe, however, it seems that a good chunk of change is being wagered on the outcome. Amy Jones, a public relations manager for Paddy Power told ESPN that the amount of betting on Game of Thrones was “unprecedented.”

The final season of the series has completed two episodes. The final season is comprised of six episodes.