Odds to become the next pope – Ghana’s Peter Turkson listed as favorite

Posted: March 5, 2013 in Religion

Odds to become the next pope – Ghana’s Peter Turkson listed as favorite

As Cardinals gather at the Vatican to elect the next pope, British bookmaker William Hill has posted odds on whom the successor to Benedict XVI will be. William Hill has a major presence in Nevada, but papal odds are not offered in the state. Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson is listed as the 11-to-4 favorite to replace Benedict, and the next pope being from an African country is offered at 13-to-8, the second choice in that betting pool behind odds-on favorite Italy at 4-to-5. The U.S. is 25-to-1. “The jostling will now start in earnest and with so many Italian Cardinals you have to think there is a great chance that we will see an Italian Pope later this month,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said in a statement. Here’s a list of William Hill’s odds on who’ll become the 266th pope of the Catholic Church.
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