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September 2011

Beyonce Baby Prompts More Novelty Bets At Paddy Power

by Renee Israel

Odds being offered on Beyonce's baby

Singer Beyonce Knowles and her husband music mogul husband Jay-Z announced that she was pregnant at the recent MTV Music Video Awards, and ever since then, the showbiz industry has been abuzz with speculation about the new prince or princess, and who her godfather and godmother will be.

In fact, as soon as her pregnancy became public, online bookmakers including Paddy Power opened betting markets such as the name of the baby, sex of the baby, multiple birth and most recently, who will be the baby's godmother and godfather.

Current Beyonce odds show the favourite names are still Matthew and Shawn or Shawna at 4/1, followed by Corey at 5/1 and Colleek at 6/1.  Outsider choices are Grammy and Ga-ga at 200/1 and Lay Z at 250/1.

And when it comes to the baby's sex, Paddy Power Beyonce odds are the same at 5/6 on male and female.  If the couple gives birth to twins, Paddy Power will pay out 33/1, while triplets will earn punters 100/1.

Will Kanye West be Beyonce Baby Godfather?

Rapper Kanye West, who is a friend of the couple, is a definite favourite to be named the baby's godfather at odds of 1/3. He is so sure that he will be honoured as godfather that he reportedly told friends that he was over the moon by the thought of it.

A source reportedly told The Sun: "Kanye is as excited about the baby as Beyonce and Jay-Z. He's been saying he's going to be godfather and is absolutely thrilled. It will be a huge honour for him."

When it comes to the perfect godmother, bookmakers believe that Beyonce will play it safer by choosing someone closer to home.  Her sister, Solange Piaget Knowles seems to be the her number one choice, with odds of 1/5 that she will be named the baby's godmother.  Other choices are Gwyneth Paltrow at 5/4, Kelly Rowland at 4/1 and Rihanna at 5/1.  Going a little further afield, Paddy Power has also named Madonna as a choice at 33/1, Victoria Beckham at 40/1 and Alexandra Burke at 50/1.

Beyonce and Jay-Z recently enjoyed the atmosphere at the men's final of the US Open tennis competition, with the Daily Mail reporting that they were "clearly in a state of pre-baby bliss, laughing and smiling throughout the nail-biting match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic."  The singer reportedly "kept her hands folded protectively over her stomach throughout the game, giving no glimpse of her baby bump."

Story Highlights »
  • Odds of 3/1 that West will be the baby's godfather.
  • Beyonce's sister is favourite to be named godmother.

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