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Eurozone crisis is an opportunity for UK gamblers

November 29, 2011
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LONDON—The future of the European single currency is uncertain -- but at least you can bet on it.

In Britain, where gamblers can bet on everything from rugby matches to the gender of future royal babies, the eurozone crisis has generated a steady stream of wagers.

Bookmaker William Hill was offering 6-5 odds Tuesday on Greece leaving the euro by the end of 2012, and 7-2 on the single currency ceasing to exist by the same date.

Rival Ladbrokes is also taking bets on which country will be the first to leave the single currency.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said political betting is "one of the fastest-growing sections of our business."

Ladbrokes' Alex Donohoe says the firm has taken tens of thousands in bets on the European crisis.

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