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Strongly Predict The Malarkey Of Trump-Biden Debate For Cash

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, women go over a playbook while setting up outside of the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, ahead of the first presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. Some of the countrys major sports betting companies are running contests in which participants predict things that will happen or be said during the presidential debate, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, for the chance to win money. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, women go over a playbook while setting up outside of the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, ahead of the first presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. Some of the countrys major sports betting companies are running contests in which participants predict things that will happen or be said during the presidential debate, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, for the chance to win money. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Will Sleepy Joe be the first derisive nickname President Donald Trump bestows upon Joe Biden?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.: Will Sleepy Joe be the first derisive nickname President Donald Trump bestows upon Joe Biden?

Will either candidate wear a mask onstage? How many times will Biden say Barack Obama?

Will Trump say fake news or China more often? And will there be a malarkey anywhere?

Some of the countrys largest sports betting companies are offering free-to-play contests in which viewers predict what will happen at Tuesdays presidential debate for a chance to win real money or prizes.

Its the latest example of how the fast-growing sports betting industry is making inroads into mainstream popular culture. As of Monday morning, nearly a half-million people had entered contests run by FOX Bet, DraftKings or FanDuel.

So if you’re up on Democrat Biden’s favorite sayings, you could win some money, God love ya. And if you think you know what Republican Trump is about to say, you can predict it very strongly.

Politics is a really interesting thing to try to predict,” said Alex Baker, a 34-year-old Chicago man who runs a fantasy sports website. A lot of times the betting markets do the best job of predicting what the outcome of the election will be in real life.

No jurisdiction in America has legalized betting on elections, an activity that’s legal and widespread in Europe. But because contestants don’t risk anything of their own to enter and this is a debate, not an election it’s all legal. FanDuel and DraftKings each offer a prize pool of $50,000 to be split among top finishers; FOX Bet’s pool is $25,000.

After downloading the relevant app, contestants make choices in the same way that sports bettors gamble on things that will or won’t happen during a game; such wagers are called propositions, or props for short.

But instead of predicting whether Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will throw for two or more touchdowns in a game (always a good bet, by the way), contestants in the debate pools will predict things that might be said and done on the stage.

One question asks whether Trump and Biden greet each other with a handshake, fist bump, elbow bump, an air high-five or no physical greeting at all.

I don’t think they’re going to do anything, not fist bump or shake hands or anything, said one contestant, Matt Marino of Houston, a 36-year-old executive with a pipeline logistics company.

Among his other predictions: Biden will wear a mask onstage; Trump won’t. Biden’s most frequently uttered words will be Barack Obama, while Trump will say China more frequently than fake news.

Baker is confident Trump will utter the words law and order during the debate because that’s a large theme of his speeches lately.

He also thinks Trump will say the word China before Biden does, but is less sure whether the former vice president will mention his Corvette.

Part of the idea behind the contests is to interest those who don’t currently bet on sports, get them familiar with the concept on free games and hopefully win them over as paying sports betting customers.

As weve learned from states in which we operate legal sports betting, interest in wagering stretches beyond sports, said Kip Levin, interim CEO of FOX Bet. “We also know that a lot of customers love the fun aspect of bragging rights with their friends and family, and that applies here, too.

FanDuel began offering free prop contests during the Democratic debates earlier this year involving Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel’s chief marketing officer.

We’re thrilled with customers’ appetite to use culture at large as an opportunity to compete with others for a chance to win cash,” he said, noting the company has hosted similar contests involving reality TV shows.

While some debate watchers will engage in drinking games, taking a slug every time a particular candidate says or does a particular thing, Marino will be waiting for the first time Trump gives Biden a nickname.

He’s definitely going to call him Sleepy Joe,” Marino predicted.

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