White Christmas Betting Guide

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White Christmas Betting GuideWhen Bing Crosby recorded “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” back in 1942, I doubt he was doing so because he’d placed a bet on it. However, for many, the question of whether there will indeed be a white Christmas is a serious matter, as bookmakers across the UK take a great amount of money on the outcome annually.

How White Christmas Betting Works

You’d think that gambling on whether or not there will a white Christmas would be easy. You place your bet, and then wake up on Christmas morning, look out of your window and if you see snow covered trees, roads, cars and the occasional snowman, you’re in the money. However, it’s not quite that simple. Bookmakers need a measurable way of confirming the bet, so they have decided on settling the bet based on whether at least a single flake of snow will fall at a given location at some stage on Christmas day. Usually, the location will be a weather center, or an airport. This means you could have a scenario where there is indeed a white Christmas, but the bet will lose if no snow actually falls on Christmas day. Conversely, you could win if there is no snow anywhere, apart from a few flakes on the day, and you’ll win the wager. Check the terms and conditions of the bet to see exactly what rule applies with your bookmaker.

When white Christmas betting started, you’d only find one market available, that being whether snow would fall in London. However in recent years this has expanded massively and you’ll find betting available on a great number of towns and cities across the UK and indeed around the world.

Types of White Xmas Bets

When placing a white Christmas bet you’ll only be allowed to have a single bet, and not a combination bet such as an accumulator/parlay. This is because these markets are linked. For instance, if snow is falling in London on Christmas day, you’d find it much more likely that snow will be falling in Birmingham. One gambler from Southampton fell foul of this rule in 2011. He placed an accumulator betting that there would be snow at 24 different cities across the north of England on Christmas day. There was indeed snow at each city, and the man thought he had won the amazing amount of £7.1 million for a £10 stake. However, the rules of the bet explicitly stated that only singles were allowed, and the man won just £31.78 instead.

Other Popular Christmas Bets

There are many popular Christmas betting markets in the UK. Historically, one of the most popular has been which single will be number one in the charts on Christmas day. This market has been the subject of much speculation over the years, although in recent years this has been somewhat dominated by the winner of either Pop Idol or the X-Factor who release their single the week before Christmas. Other markets offered are the highest rated television shows, and the number one selling album, book or video game.

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