Why does Al Gore have bookmakers a little nervous lately? There sweating over a bet they have out giving 100 to 1 odds about the former Vice President. There are three conditions that Al Gore has to satisfy in order for someone to get paid on this bet:
• Winning an Oscar
• Becoming a Nobel laureate
• Taking up residence in the White House
Gore’s film on the changing campaign climate, An Inconvenient Truth, this year pulled off winning the Oscar. Friday Gore took the next step, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work along with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raising awareness about global warming.
Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison stated, “He seems to have the Midas touch and if his supporters encourage him to stand he may shake up the whole race.”
Pre-Nobel Prize announcement Al Gore was 10/1 on becoming the next U.S. president, after the announcement bookies have cut the odds to 8/1. Hilary Clinton is still the favorite at 4/7.
There is high stakes poker, and then there is Extreme Poker. In Australia, specifically Sydney Harbour’s North Head bluff, 6 daredevil poker players took their seats today at the poker table which happened to be on a platform 90m above the ocean for a rousing game of Texas Hold’em.
What’s next? The Extreme Poker Final at St. Kitts in the Caribbean and will be held underwater. Also, all the participants will receive an entry to a more convention poker tournament in the tropical retreat.
So what could be more nerve racking than playing at these heights, add in high winds and that when you got knocked out the only way down was to jump. Hugo Asenjo a 24 year old restaurant supervisor held it all together though and won the event.
Asenjo said “The wind was so strong we thought the game was going to be called off. It was really hard to try and concentrate on the game when the entire time you’re just thinking, don’t look down.”
As for as the Extreme Poker Final is concerned, “I must admit I’m a bit concerned about that,” said Hugo, “I can’t say I’m much of a scuba diver.”
Peter Marcus, Founder of Extreme Poker, said, “We’re definitely coming back next year. We just need to find the next challenge.” Marcus has taken the tournament to the Caribbean, the Arctic Circle and over the Nevada Desert, and now Australia.