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Snow joke as more December bets for heatwave than white Christmas

| 30.11.2011

THE UNSEASONABLY mild winter has triggered a huge white Christmas gamble, according to Ladbrokes.

But this year punters are lumping on there being NO snow anywhere in the UK this Christmas as the bookies report a mere handful of bets on the usual festive favourite, compared to thousands at this stage last year.

There hasn’t been a single bet struck yet for there to be Christmas Day snow at London’s Olympic Stadium, while the firm have been forced to slash the odds to 10/1 that the record for the mildest December (set in 1920) is broken.

Traditional snow bankers like Lerwick (1/2) and Aviemore (2/5) are also odds-on to avoid a dusting, leaving the bookies hoping for a white Christmas for the first time in memory.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “This time last year we were up to our ankles in snow and necks in money already. Punters had a festive field day with white Christmas bets but this time round it’s there’s been a full U-turn.”

He added: “We’re yet to see a single bet for snow in London this Christmas. In the meantime we’ve already slashed the odds about a record-breaking heatwave as punters predict we’ll enjoy the mildest December on record.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Anywhere in the UK to beat the previous record for the warmest Christmas (15.6′ in Devon, 1920) – 10/1

To snow on Christmas day
London – Olympic Stadium 3/1
London – Big Ben 3/1
Brighton Pier 7/2
Birmingham – Pebble Mill 3/1
Norwich 3/1
Bournemouth 9/2
Cardiff Millenium Stadium 4/1
Manchester – Etihad Stadium 3/1
Leeds 3/1
Newcastle – Tyne Bridge 5/2
Blackpool Tower 3/1
Glasgow 9/4
Edinburgh Castle 9/4
Aberdeen 2/1
Aviemore 7/4
Lerwick Shetland 6/4
Belfast 3/1
Dublin Castle 4/1
Cork 5/1
Galway 4/1
Southampton 4/1

Not to snow on Christmas day
London – Olympic Stadium 1/5
London – Big Ben 1/5
Brighton Pier 1/6
Birmingham – Pebble Mill 1/5
Norwich 1/5
Bournemouth 1/9
Cardiff Millenium Stadium 1/7
Manchester – Etihad Stadium 1/5
Leeds 1/5
Newcastle – Tyne Bridge 1/4
Blackpool Tower 1/5
Glasgow 1/3
Edinburgh Castle 1/3
Aberdeen 4/11
Aviemore 2/5
Lerwick Shetland 1/2
Belfast 1/5
Dublin Castle 1/7
Cork 1/10
Galway 1/7
Southampton 1/7



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.