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NFL & New Pope Odds & Ends

Go online and you can wager your hard earned cash on just about anything, including who the next Pope will be.

Jamie Squire

From RJ Bell of, check out these odds on who will be the next Pope, as well as the odds of the University of Maryland Terrapins making the NCAABasketball Tournament and how well new Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will perform in 2013.

Next Pope Odds
Peter Turkson (Ghana): 5/2
Angelo Scola (Italy): 3/1
Tarcisio Bertone (Italy): 4/1
Marc Ouellect (Canada): 7/1
Angelo Bagnasco (Italy): 8/1
Gianfranco Ravasi (Italy): 12/1
Peter Erdo (Hungary): 14/1
Leonardo Sandri (Argentina): 15/1
Christoph Schonborn (Austria): 16/1

Country of Next Pope:
Italy: $120 wins $100
Any country in Africa: $100 wins $250
Any country in South or Central America: $100 wins $350
Canada: $100 wins $700
Any European country other than Italy: $100 wins $1,400
Any Asian country: $100 wins $2,500
United States: $100 wins $3,000

Possible Pope from United States?
Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York): 33/1
Cardinal Sean O’Malley (Boston): 40/1
Cardinal Raymond Burke (formerly St. Louis): 70/1
Cardinal William Levada (formerly San Franciso): 90/1
Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Washington, DC): 120/1

Pope Tidbits:
EVEN MONEY next Pope’s Papal name will be Peter.
Conclave is favored to start between March 11th and March 13th
How many days will Papal Conclave be? 2 days is favorite.
Number of ballots required to elect: the 4th ballot is the favorite
Age of next Pope: favorite is UNDER 66

A single European sportsbook (Paddy Power) is expecting $7 million of Pope wagers (that’s 5-times more than they received on the last Pope election)

Joseph Ratizinger (Pope Benedict) was a 20/1 long shot last time (he was not among the top 10 favorites)

Odds to make NCAA tournament field:
Cal: $390 wins $100
Temple: $175 wins $100
Kentucky $160 wins $100
Baylor: $100 wins $180
Maryland: $100 wins $280

Odds of 4 Big Ten teams in Final Four: 250/1

Lakers now FAVORITES to make the playoffs: $130 wins $100 on YES | $100 wins $110 on NO

NJ online betting:
Governor Christie on Tuesday signed bill allowing online gambling in New Jersey.
Expected to take 6 to 12 months to implement.
State revenue generated from gaming is expected to nearly DOUBLE with the addition of online play (from $235 million to $436 million)

Alex Smith props with Chiefs
Passing Yards: over/under 3000 yards
TD passes: over/under 18.5 TD passes
INTs: over/under 10.5 ints

Super Bowl odds on KC did NOT change with word of trade (KC was and still are 50/1)

Poker Dying in Vegas?

8 rooms have closed in the last 2 years
(also happening in Mississippi Riverboats, Indian casinos, and Gambling Halls)
In general, small rooms are closing, and the big rooms are monopolizing.
Poker revenue has been falling in Nevada since 2007 (down 27% in that time)

For breaking Vegas stats and news, follow:

The following odds on Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs come courtesy of

Alex Smith - Total Passing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under 3000

Alex Smith - Total TD Passes in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under 18½

Alex Smith - Total Interceptions in the 2013 Regular Season

Over/Under 10.5

Will the Chiefs select Luke Joeckel 1st Overall in the 2013 Draft?

Yes -300 (1/3)

No +200 (2/1)