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The Hobbit Report: Online casinos take bets on ‘Hobbit’ release date

07.01.10 | Kunochan | 1 Comment

Posted on JRR Tolkien Examiner on 6/30/10.

Online betting blog Online Casino Advisory reports that in the wake of Guillermo del Toro’s defection from the planned two-part The Hobbit film adaptation, online casinos are taking novelty bets on when the first film will see its premiere.

From the site:

Oddsmakers see chances of the story of Bilbo Baggins reaching the silver screen anytime soon as highly unlikely, leading to a payoff of 500-1 if somehow the film were finished and released before the first of the year. Even a 2011 date for the tale of Bilbo’s adventure in Middle Earth [sic] may be almost out of the question, as Internet casinos offer 100-1 gambling odds that the film doesn’t come out next year.

Oddsmakers are giving 5-4 odds that the first film premieres at the end of 2012.

Online casinos are also taking bets on the fate of the next film in the James Bond franchise; both Bond and Baggins are tied up in the fate of movie studio MGM, which may soon enter bankruptcy.

For more info: “Online Casino Betting Starts on Tolkien’s Hobbit Film Release Date” on Online Casino Advisory via Hobbit Movie News; see also “The Hobbit Report: del Toro quits over ongoing delays” and “‘The Hobbit’ composed entirely of screencaps from ‘The Lord of the Rings.'”
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