Donald Trump Not Taken As Seriously By Sportsbooks as By Pollsters

The Fox News and Facebook Republican primary debate is upon us. The polls say that gadfly Donald Trump is the frontrunner, but the considerably more foretelling oddsmakers contradict. Trump has overtaken some rivals in the betting odds as he increases his lead in the polls. However he still trails Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio in the more prophetic indicator. Trump is just a notch above Rand Paul in which handicappers would say is a five-man race at this juncture. trump

Republican and Democratic polling experts will agree that, “anything can happen” in 16 months. Hence, a whopping 24 contenders (and undeclared aspirants) are listed at conservative (so to speak) 50-1 or less.


Jeb Bush is nearly even money, topping all contestants at 5/4. Scott Walker, who stood up to multi-million dollar unions and won is next at 4/1. Marco Rubio, the son of legal immigrants checks in at 6/1. Along comes the trump card. The Donald is No. 4 at 8/1, staving off Libertarian leaning Rand Paul at 10/1.

Former Ohio governor John Kasich and physician Ben Carson are each at 16/1. Kasich is considered an early pacesetter for Vice President, as Ohio is a perennial swing state.

Carson is a physician and like Trump has the outsider appeal. Political handicappers had as an early chalk New Jersey governor Chris Christie. He is now 20/1 with former Fox News host and minister Mike Huckabee.

The sports betting podcast will continue to track the odds for both the Republican and Democrat primaries, as well as for the general election.


About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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