One bet a politician might want to lose?

The Andersonstown News has a focus on the betting in it’s West Belfast heartland. The Diane Dodds/Sinn Fein face off is the most obvious, but they also highlight the match bet between Peter Robinson and Gerry Adams, which in some respects both men might just want to lose to promote the interests of their respective parties:

In another bet which may be of interest to West Belfast high-rollers, Eastwood’s have pitted Gerry Adams against the DUP’s Peter Robinson, who is standing in East Belfast. If you can predict who will get the most first preference votes between these two political heavyweights, and also correctly select the winner from four other well-balanced pairings, you can have odds of 9/2. If you were considering a wager on the Adams-Robinson head-to-head, it could be worth recalling that in 2003 Peter Robinson, with poor DUP vote management, got an enormous 9,254 votes in East Belfast to Gerry Adams’ 6,199 in the West of the city.

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