Political Odds updated post on Georgia and Florida, Two long shot + EV wagers.

Post midterm election update:
There are several bets I see that seem to me to have a lot of value at this point.
Georgia Governor’s race is 9 to 1 in favor of Kemp
Florida Senate Race is 8 to 1 in favor of Scott.
To me, there is value in both dogs at this point. Both races it was clear the favorites had won easily. But, post-election maneuvering has brought both into question to me.
Normally I would say very little chance of either Dog winning. But, considering what has been going on you cannot rule it out.
I would not wager the farm on either of these, but for long shot plays they both look very attractive to me.
I might think differently if there were active measures by the Republican party to stop this, or by the FBI or DOJ. But so far, except for a few exceptions, crickets.
I would take the 9 to 1 on Adams and the 8 to 1 on Guiiium at this point.
Has to be value here considering what we are seeing being played out daily.
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My last political Odds update before the midterms. Remember I am a contrarian:)

I cannot think of a better time to update the political odds page. 2 Days before the midterms with everyone on the edge of their seat on this one:)
Before I start, despite what some people might think I am an independent. I voted for Obama his first term, and then held my nose and voted for Romney next time.
In addition, after 2016 my assumption is that most of the polls are worthless. No value. Of course, the internal polling that we never get to see is usually pretty close, but it has almost 0 correlation with what you are seeing from the media.
For instance, The day of the election in 2016 most of the polls had Clinton a 95% favorite to win. Yet 1 day before the election, Clinton canceled the celebration fireworks. They knew what was coming. But the media would not give it up.
So, if you disagree with my assumptions you will most likely disagree with my conclusions. Which is fine:) They are merely my opinions and nothing more.
But I have an uncanny knack for finding value in political bets. When I was playing poker full time it was a gold mine betting players on political events. So much so, I had to consider giving it up as most gamblers are not very good losers:)
So here we are 2 days before the midterms and let’s go through some of the odds that look to me to have some value.
I still feel the best value is simply fading every Dem candidate in States that Trump carried. I cannot imagine not having a gain on Wedn doing that. I have been saying that for months, and the odds are not as good as they were two months ago. But I still think you can safely do it. Do not cherry pick, just fade them all:)
The next best wager I see is in the House. Right now you can get just over 2 to 1 on the Republicans keeping the house. If you watch the polls closely they probably have you convinced.
But again, I throw the polling out, except for a select few I watch that closely resemble internal polling. I view the house at no better than 50/50 for the Dems. So at the very least if I am correct you’re getting 2 to 1 on a coin flip.
If you do that every time you will end up with all the money:) Now also I view the House odds as very similar to some of the NFL games where the line is skewed so much because one side likes a side.
So even from that standpoint, the media has convinced people that the Dems winning the house is a foregone conclusion. So that creates value.
If I had to put out a line, it would be 3-2 that the Republicans keep the house, and that is being conservative.
You really have to look at the crowds Trump is getting wherever he goes. It’s really astonishing. Does that look like a 24 seat pickup for the Dems in the House? Not to me.
Next, we have the 2020 Presidential winner where Trump is a 6 to 4 dog against the field.
That is a bit tougher to evaluate from a few different standpoints. You still have the special counsel, but it looks like he has gotten past that hurdle. But a bigger threat is the never trumpers.
Not so much in the primary where they have no chance, but when they run a 3rd party candidate against him. Make no mistake, this time Trump is not going to surprise them. They will have a strategy all planned out to assure Trump does not get reelected.
I would like to see a line put out on a 3rd party candidate being put into the race consisting of people like Kasich. Now they will have no chance of winning. But splitting the vote is the problem. Similar to Perot when he ran as an independent.
The difference is that the 3rd party candidate that the Never Trumpers will be so unpopular it most likely will not make a difference by 2020.
So if I had to wager, I would take the 6 to 4. If I thought there would be no 3rd party candidate it would be an easy wager.
Another interesting twist to all of this is that the Dems are favored to win the presidency in 2020. Something in the neighborhood of 55/45. Right now I would take the odds, but, would not consider it to be as good a wager as the first two by far.
An interesting line is the next cabinet member to leave the administration with Zinke and Sessions tied at just less than 2 to 1 each.
Sessions is such a complicated wager that there is not enough room to go over all the considerations. Sure, Graham has indicated that its fine for Trump to get rid of Sessions after the midterms. That is a big change for the Senate. But it is not as easy as all of that. So, this is a wager I would just stay away from.
One other interesting wager is the Democratic field for 2020. Right now it looks like Harris is the favorite, with Sanders, Biden, and Warren close behind.
It’s too early to get a feel for who to wager on but one thing seems reasonable to me that unless the Dems come up with someone outside who is thought to be running they will have a tough time in 2020.
I do not know if the reporting is accurate or not but if it is anywhere close to the fact that Trump has an approval rating of close to 40% of the African Americans, he will be unbeatable.
This should be my last update before election day.
This is for entertainment purposes only. Do not go out and bet the farm on any of my opinions:) As that is just what they are, my opinions.
Good Luck
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Kavanaugh odds updated along with a discussion of other political odds posted for Sunday

It is time to take another look at how the political odds are shaping since my last post.
Right now the odd on everyone’s mind is whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed by 10/31st.
These odds have been moving around and they are sitting at 2 to 1 in favor of his confirmation. At this point, I can see it going either way.
McConnell says he has the votes. Graham is pushing this hard. It is all going to come down to Flake, Collins, and Murkowski. There will be no Dem votes unless the Republican have the votes.
Murkowski is 55-45 for a yes and Collins is 60/40. I cannot find anything on Flake.
This is a wager I would stay away from at this point. However, by midweek you should have a good idea where the vote is going to be.
Control of the House is staying steady at 2 to 1 in favor of the Democrats. I would still take the 2 to 1. I view it an even money wager.
The across the board fade of every Democrat running that is in Trump state that he won. The odds are still attractive, and right now the fade is the best I can of all the wagers.
Another interesting wager is whether Rosenstein will be Deputy AG on 11/7. The odds are 5 to 2 that he will be.
You would think that the revelation that he discussed wiretapping Trump would be an automatic dismissal. But, you have to consider why would the Dems let that info out?
In addition, why would Coons state that Flake called Rosenstein before deciding to have another week for the FBI investigation?
There is something afoot as to why the Dems want Rosenstein out.
So where does that leave us in evaluating this wager:) If I were forced to bet it I would lay the 5 to 2 that he is going to be around?
But I would not wager on this for value, there are just too many uncertainties.
If you are looking for a long shot wager you can get 10 to 1 that Hillary will not face any charges this year. I think there is value at 10 to 1 but it is a longshot. If I were putting out a line it would be closer to 5 to 1.
That’s it for this week.
Good luck if you’re making a Political wager. They are certainly interesting
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Political Odds Updates


Tomorrow is the Alabama special election.  When the line came out at 2 to 1 in favor of strange I had mentioned I thought they had the wrong favorite and estimated the line to be closer to 4 to 1 in favor of Moore.

This morning just a day before the election Moore is now a 6 to 1 favorite. And that might be too low.

This is in spite of McConnell pouring millions into the race.

This race should set the tone for establishment republicans vs Trumpers (for lack of a better word)

My theory is that in 2018 it will be the Trumpers that gain rather than the Dems. The big losers will be the establishment Republicans. The mood is sour among the voters. Even more so when Trump got elected.

If Moore does trounce Strange then the numbers on all establishment Republicans who are being primaried are way too high.

Flake was a favorite when the line opened and he is now a 3 to 2 dog. But the primary my guess is he will be closer to a 4 to 1 or even 6 to 1 dog.

Heller the same.

If you’re looking for a long shot, take a look at Ryan. Ryan is a 5 1/2 to 1 favorite. Take the odds. By the primary, it will be no higher than 3 to 1. And if things really go wrong for Ryan closer to even money.

Do not underestimate the anti-establishment mood in the Country.

Another one to look at is whether the Dems will take control of the house. The odds right now slightly favor the Republicans.

In a normal off-year election the party not in control picks up at least 25 to 30 seats.  However, my guess is this will be far from a normal election off year.

I view the odds more like 3 to 1 in favor of the Republicans. A nice overlay here.

One more that looks good to me is which party will win the White House in 2020. The odds are 55 to 45 in favor of the Democrats. I think they have the wrong favorite here. I put it at 2 to 1 in favor of the Republicans at the very least.

Now a lot can happen between now and 2020. But right now It looks like they have the wrong favorite here.

These odds in no way reflect my personal opinions on any issues. I am fortunate enough not to be burdened with any dogmatic ideology. I am purely an issue-driven person. I find myself on occasion on either side depending on the issue.

Now the more interesting question is whether the establishment Republicans will take heed after Strange gets trounced. Most likely not is my guess. They will go down with the establishment ship.

By 2020 McConnell will not be leading the Senate and Ryan if he survives will not be leading the house.

Let’s see how close I come:)



Some changes in the political odds since I have posted last:

Moore has moved to a 5.5 to 1 favorite over strange. No surprise to me and I doubt Strange will even get close even with McConnell’s backing.

Both Heller and Flake are now 2 to 1 dogs to win the primary. These should keep going down and by the primary, I suspect closer to 5 to 1 now on each against them winning.

The Republicans have moved to being a slight favorite 106 to 100 to win the house in 2018. Should be closer to 2 to 1 by election day.

Ryan is now 6 to 1 to win the Primary. The Anti establishment movement has not affected this line yet. I believe it will with a good chance Ryan goes the way or Eric Cantor.

A new line looks attractive here. The odds are 101 to 100 that Menendez gets convicted this year. The only risk I can see is if the trial goes past year end or there is a mistrial. Otherwise, I see the odds of a conviction closer to 10 to 1.

I have not been following the speed in which the trial will proceed so that would need to be determined before a wager on it. But it’s rare to see this type of trial go longer than a month once it has begun.

The lines are moving along with my expectations of the Non-Establishment Republicans getting the benefit of the political chaos that has consumed U.S. politics.

We will get a hint of this on September 26th.








Not much activity since I last posted. Moore is moving back to over 3 to 1 favorite in the Alabama special election. I had predicted 4 to 1 even when he was a dog but now I am thinking more like 6 to 1. I do not see much chance of Strange beating him.

Flake is hanging around at a 3 to 2 dog in the Arizona primary. This is another I think is way off. I had predicted 5 to 1 against and I think that is giving him the benefit of the doubt. By the primary, my guess is he will be at least a 5 to 1 dog.

Ryan is a 6.5 to 1 favorite in the Wisconsin Primary. I had put him at around 3 to 1 and by the primary, he might even be less than that.

There is a new matchup posted on Rosenstein. He is a 6 to 1 favorite to be deputy AG on 12/31st. This, in my opinion, is contingent as to when and how the Special Counsel wraps up. If Trump gets past the special counsel threat with it being behind him, my guess is Sessions and Rosenstein will be shown the door.

Now he might wait until after the 2018 elections but that would be a bit of a gamble. So this is a line that is hard to evaluate as its contingent on many variables. All of which I would not hazard a guess on.

Things will be clearer on this soon is my guess.

One I like a lot now is Heller to lose the NV Primary. He is a 2 to 1 favorite to win it and my thought is he should be a 3 to 1 dog. But the primary it would not surprise me to see the odds switched on this one.

That should bring you up to date on these. The first that is coming up is Moore vs Strange. That should give the first clue as to how bad the Republican establishment is going to get hit in the primaries. My feeling is it will be brutal.





A few changes in the odds since my last post. Moore has changed from 4 to 1 to 7 to 3. One thing to note about these lines is that the liquidity is so small that any size wager will move the lines. 4 to 1 is still my prediction as to the proper line in favor of Moore.

Kasich has moved down to 5 to 4 favorite to run in 2020. I have not changed my opinion as to it being 5 to 2. If he does decide to run and its Kasich vs Trump in the Primary I put Trump as a 5 to 1 favorite over Kasich. That might even be a bit on the low side.

Control of the House has moved to even money now from 5 to 4. My prediction is control of house 2 to 1 in favor of Republicans.

Flake is still a 6 to 4 dog to win the Az primary. This is one of the best values Ii see on the political odds screen. I view him as at least a 5 to 1 dog.  I commented on this when Flake was a 2 to 1 favorite!

The 2nd best is Ryan in the primary. Ryan is staying steady at 5 to 1 favorite. The line was 7.5 to 1 when I put out the play. I view the odds at no more than 3 to 1. And I would not be surprised to see the line close to 2 to 1 by the primary.

My view is that Establishment Republicans are going to get crushed in 2018. However not by the Dems but by nonestablishment Republicans.  Nothing has changed in the way the electorate views Congress except that their view is worse than it was when Trump was elected if that is possible.

Congress has been blind to this and by the time they wake up if ever, it will be too late. From the Russia investigation to not condemning Antifa the mistakes keep piling up. And importantly the people’s business has been thrown aside for partisan politics by both parties.

I do not see this changing. It appears to me it is only going to get worse as both Ryan and McConnell now are going out of their way to speak out against Trump. In addition, Trump has learned that appeasement is not the right course with Congress. He has now chosen a path of direct confrontation.

That leads me to Trump’s agenda. We saw what happened to health care. I expect a similar fate on tax cuts, immigration, debt ceiling and the wall. Congress as I see it will do whatever they can to make sure Trump has not delivered on his major campaign promises. As McCain said after casting the deciding vote on the Health care bill. “Let’s see Trump Make America great now!  Or something to that effect.

The mistake the Republican’s are making is thinking that their actions will hurt Trump. I doubt the base will go for it. My guess is as I have stated Establishment Republicans are going to take the hit in the primaries and in the General it will be the Dems.

I do not say this with glee however as the two party system is essential to provide a proper balance in a Democracy. So hopefully there will be moderates on both sides to provide some leadership before we turn into a one party system.

I will post updates every few days as I see the odds change and new situations posted.

If anyone has any questions regarding the odds of a certain event feel free to comment on this site or send me an email at [email protected]





Moore holding steady as a 4 to 1 favorite. It hit my target of 4 to 1 about 2 weeks ago after Moore being a dog a few months ago when I pointed out the EV on the wager.

Flake has now moved to a 2 to 1 dog. Moving nicely to my 5 to 1 target. I have very little doubt it will get there.

Ryan is now down to 5 to 1 moving closer to my 3 to 1 target. I suspect 3 to 1 might be too generous as by primary time he may be closer to even money.

Kasich has now moved to a 2 to 1 favorite to run in 2020. Getting close to my 5 to 2.

Nothing new lately on political odds that looks good to me. One that I would like to see as who is the first to go If Trump gets the Russia issue behind him, including the special counsel.

My guess is it will be Sessions. Although he might wait until after the 2018 primaries. I would also like to see a line put out on establishment Republicans who opposed Trump vs non-establishment Republicans in the primaries.  I would put the 2nd as a 10 to 1 favorite to gain seats in the primaries.

I would also like to see a line put out on establishment Republicans who opposed Trump vs non-establishment Republicans in the primaries.  I would put the 2nd as a 10 to 1 favorite to gain seats in the primaries.

That’s it for this morning. Always interesting to evaluate political odds. Many variables to consider:)


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