Royal Baby Betting

With William and Kate expecting their third child in April, betting is now starting to intensify around the various Royal Baby Betting markets that have been set up. There are actually more options than you might think so let’s get straight on and see if there is any value to be had from what’s on offer.

Baby Gender

This is the first, and perhaps the most obvious market to appear and surely it would be a 50/50 call? That’s a theory backed up by the bookmakers, many of whom have chosen to avoid this one but if you do want to get involved, both William Hill and 188Bet are quoting best odds of 10/11 on either sex.

A little research suggests that perhaps there are marginally more girls being born than boys right now but the difference would be very slight so you could maybe make a call based on that theory or alternatively, toss a coin.

What’s in a Name?

A market that involves a little more analysis and opinion is the name of the Royal Baby and there are some clear favourites in amongst a very big list of options. Mary is some way out in front here at a top price of 4/1 with either Coral or Ladbrokes and some way further back is Alice which is available at best odds of 10/1 with Unibet.

With a 50/50 call on whether the new Royal Baby is going to be a boy or a girl, you may feel that there will be at least one male name with a similarly short price but that isn’t the case. The lowest odds for a boy’s name in this market come in at 14/1 for Fred / Frederick and that figure is offered by William Hill.

Taking that into account, there could be some seriously good value here if William and Kate’s third child is male so what other options do we have?

Outsider Bets

Behind the favourite we have a number of male names all at a similar price and in fact, there are several on offer at the same best odds of 16/1. Included in that list are Albert, at 16/1 with EnergyBet, Arthur at the same figure with SkyBet plus James with William Hill and Coral.

Some female names also come in at that same 16/1 figure too and they include Elizabeth, which sits at that figure with Ladbrokes and Coral. That would be a direct reference to our current Queen of course but there is the possibility that the Royal Couple would move down a generation and honour William’s mother. Naming the new Royal Baby Diana would be popular in some quarters but in others it would be highly controversial so taking the best odds of 20/1 from BetFred or Betway should certainly be seen as a risk.

Further along, there are some names/ which could charitably be referred to as ‘novelty options’. Among these are Camilla at 80/1 with Unibet, Bruce at 100/1 with Ladbrokes, Kylie at 250/1 with Coral and Chardonnay at 500/1 with Coral again.

It’s actually quite entertaining to work down that list if you have a few minutes to spare but we wouldn’t necessarily recommend staking any money on those options.

Other Options

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Beyond the two markets that we’ve already previewed, there are some other options for some more obscure options. The range of bookmakers involved starts to really thin out from this point but Ladbrokes and Coral are always busy for this type of novelty bet and both bookies have plenty of choice.

For example, both Ladbrokes and Coral are quoting prices for the day of the week that the Royal Baby is born and from Monday right through to Sunday, every day carries the same odds of 5/1 with either outlet.

As a separate option, punters can also speculate on the time of day that the baby comes along and the prices vary for this one. For a morning birth between midnight and 11:59 am, the odds on offer are Even Money. For the afternoon, between Noon and 5.59 pm, the price lifts to 5/2 and then for the evening between 6.00 pm and 11:59 pm is at 2/1.

All of those splits are in local UK time and once again, the prices involved are with Ladbrokes and Coral.

Verdict

In terms of the gender of the Royal Baby it may be possible to spot trends from within the Royal Family but having three children is relatively rare for those in a direct line to the throne. However, we can look back to our current Queen who, like William and Kate, gave birth to a boy then a girl. A further male, Prince Andrew then followed so that is a trend of sorts.

In regards to a name, it’s certainly rare for direct descendants of the throne to choose something unusual but there could potentially be a break with tradition for the third child. It’s also unlikely that the baby will be named after a current member of the Royal Family as the media will then pick up on supposed ‘favouritism’. With all of those points in mind, if we were taking a punt here then we would look at Alice. It’s traditional, neutral and carries a decent price of 10/1.

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