by Renee Israel
Danny Boyle, the English director who won an Oscar for the movie Slumdog
Millionaire, has triggered major betting action at UK bookmakers, after his
delivered a perfect Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games on Friday
A flood of bets has been received on Boyle receiving a knighthood, with
bookies slashing odds considerably after the show.
The Olympics is an already popular betting event at bookmakers, and the
success of the opening ceremony only boosted interest in the Games.
The 55 year old Boyle is now tipped to be included on the New Year Honours
List by the Queen to be awarded a knighthood.
His ability to convince Her Royal Majesty to participate in a short movie
role with James Bond Actor Daniel Craig will no doubt give him points for a
Amazement at Boyle's Accomplishments
Boyle's clip starring Queen Elizabeth is just one of a number of surprises
the director had up his sleeve on Friday night.
His inclusion of Mr. Bean in a performance by the London Philharmonic
Orchestra was just one of many events which had the stadium's audience - and the
billions around the world watching - amazed.
"Everyone was amazed and wowed at what Boyle did last night," said a
spokeswoman for Ladbrokes, Jessica Bridge. "Before this Danny Boyle was 2-1 to
get a knighthood but due to the sheer volume of bets we have cut this to 5-4."
The largest bet placed at Ladbrokes on a knighthood for Boyle was £5,000 she
In addition, Boyle knighthood odds were slashed at Coral, which said
that previous odds on the director receiving a knighthood were 4-1, but
immediately after the ceremony, they reached 6-4.
£100 Million Wagers on Olympics
The chances of Danny becoming Sir Boyle is just one of the many different
markets available on the Olympics. Besides bets on the outright results on all
sports being played in the Olympics, bookmakers are also offering novelty bets
on a wide range of topics - including Boyle's knighthood chances.
Bookies are forecasting that up to £100 million could be wagered on the
Olympics this year - over four times more than the Beijing Games.
The big money should be seen on sports such as football and tennis, although
the British public's interest in cycling has also been increased thanks to
Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France recently.
Another big betting event is the 100 m Mens race, featuring Jamaican sprinter
Usain Bolt, with preliminaries beginning on August 4th and the finals taking
place the following day.