The British public have been backing former JLS star in their thousands
Aston Merrygold has certainly won the judges vote, and it appears he’s the British public's pick to win the Strictly crown. The bookmakers have cut his odds of winning the competition to 13/5, which makes him favourite for the show and implies a 27.8% chance of winning.
It’s not just the bookies who think it’s Aston’s to lose, the punters are also jumping on the bandwagon. Just over 90% of all stakes placed on the Strictly Come Dancing winner this week have been on the singer. These figures were severely impacted by one bullish punter.
A London based punter has placed just under £600 on Merrygold winning, as most bookies won’t take this sort of money on novelty bets he’s spread his bets with different companies on Oddschecker. If the former X-factor contestant takes the crown, the Londoner is set to collect just shy of £1940 from the bookies, just in time for Christmas.
Unfortunately for Simon Rimmer, he’s the favourite to be eliminated this week at 5/4, which implies a 44.4% chance. The television host has accounted for 40% of all bets in the next elimination market.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek “The £600 staked on Merrygold is very significant in this kind of market, and shows the benefits of having accounts with a variety of bookmakers. Whilst not all punters are willing to stake that kind of money, this man is not alone in thinking the JLS man has it in the bag”