Gambling on Chaos: Paddy Power Seeks Trump Expert
The American political system is in chaos and Paddy Power is looking for the right political handicapper to help them wade through the mess. Late last week, the Irish bookmaker listed a job opening for a Trump expert to handle all their Trump-related wagering.
Anyone who is interested in the gig should know a few things right off the bat. For starters, while the Trump betting expert is a full-time position, it’s currently only slated to last for three months.
Does this mean that the Trump expert is just another one of Paddy Power’s notorious, and notoriously effective, publicity schemes? Well, sort of.
Political wagering in the UK is a fairly large market and Paddy Power, like most UK bookmakers, was burned pretty badly when Trump won the US presidential race in November. According to published reports, Paddy Power lost about $5 million on 15,000 wagers because of Trump’s unbelievable victory.
Wagering on the reality-star-in-chief’s actions now that he’s in office has barely slowed down at all since the election. Paddy Power is currently offering dozens of Trump-related political wagers including, “How long before Trump is impeached?” and “Who is the next cabinet member to resign or get fired?”, and that’s where the Trump expert comes into the picture.
The job posting itself was written in a tongue-in-cheek style that fits right in with Paddy Power’s overall vibe reading:
We want to make American politics great again. Because, let’s face it, there’s no chance Trump will. With more than 100 special bets online, the successful candidate will monitor and manage existing Trump markets while devising new specials to launch.
Company officials say that while the position is currently only temporary, sustained interest in Trump-related remains, the gig’s tenure could be extended.