our sports department a press release, we learn that at least one online gambling site is taking bets on whether BP’s underwater mega-dome will be successful.
BP is attempting an unprecedented engineering feat to deal with the Gulf oil spill: a 100-ton, 40-foot-tall, steel pollution-containment chamber. If all goes well, the dome will be lowered over the leak on the ocean floor and will capture the oil so it can be pumped up to the surface. Bookmaker.com has put together odds on what will happen:
IT WILL REDUCE THE FLOW BY 80 PERCENT +100
WILL REDUCE THE FLOW BY LESS THAN 80 PERCENT -500
IT WILL STOP THE LEAK ALL TOGETHER +1000
IT WILL MAKE THE LEAK WORSE +500
[The +/- Indicates the Return on the Wager. The percentage is the likelihood that response will occur. For Example: Betting on the candidate least likely to win would earn the most amount of money, should that happen.]
By the way, if you’ve got money to throw around, you can always donate to Grist. (We promise not to spend the money at Bookmaker.com.)