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Big Bets on Snow in London on Christmas Day


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It’s no secret that the United Kingdom is one of the biggest gambling
countries in the world, with a long tradition of high street bingo parlors and
betting shops. In fact, one of the longest standing bets is whether it will snow
in London on Christmas Day, a bet that always attracts betting action.

UK land and online casino bookmakers love the wager because it rarely snows in
London on Christmas Day which is why the bet is so attractive for them. Over the
years, the bet has become legendary because if even a single snowflake is
recorded falling in London on December 25, bookies must pay out.

But this year’s unusually cold temperatures in the capital have bookmakers
concerned as they may indicate that a white Christmas is on the way. William
Hill
, for instance, has slashed its odds of a white Christmas in London from
8/1 to 6/1. Each year there are many punters who take the bet for large amounts.

For example, this year a Derbyshire punter will reportedly collect £14,700 if
snowfall is recorded on Christmas Day. And in the past, a bet was placed that
would have reportedly paid out a whopping £1 million pounds to the person who
placed it if London had been besieged by a picturesque blanket of white.

Said William Hill spokesperson, Rupert Adams, ‘Snow in London is now a five
figure payout and if the chill continues then we predict that a single Christmas
flake of snow falling on Buckingham Palace will cost us hundreds of thousands of
pounds.’

But white Christmas betting is not just limited to London. It seems that William
Hill now accepts ‘white Christmas bets’ on all major UK cities so everyone in
the UK (above the legal gambling age of course) can get in on the white
Christmas betting action:

  • Aberdeen 3/1
  • Edinburgh 9/2
  • Glasgow 9/2 
  • Belfast 5/1
  • London 6/1
  • Dublin 6/1
  • Newcastle 6/1
  • Manchester 7/1
  • Cardiff 8/1
  • Bristol 8/1
  • Cambridge 8/1
  • Exeter 8/1
  • Leeds 8/1
  • Lincoln 8/1
  • Liverpool 8/1
  • Norwich 8/1
  • Nottingham 8/1
  • Oxford 8/1
  • York 8/1

Other William Hill winter wagering specials include betting on the lowest
temperatures across the UK. For instance, William Hill is offering 20/1 odds
that the lowest recorded temperature in England will be beaten (-26.1C, Jan 10
1982, Shropshire), 20/1 odds that the lowest temperature in Scotland will be
beaten (-27.2C, Jan 10th 1982, Aberdeenshire) and 25/1 odds that the lowest
recorded temperature in Wales to be beaten (-23.3C, 21st Jan, 1940 Powys).

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