People may consider betting on the next pope as blasphemous, some a joke. But Papal Conclave betting actually boasts a rich 500-year history.
Back in the 15th century betting on the pope was a lot more serious than it is now. People would take out life insurance policies on the incumbent head of the Catholic Church. If the pope were to prematurely pass away, the bettor would benefit from their venture. Should the pope live a long life, the bettors would be out of luck, and out of pocket. Fast forward to the present and wagering on the Pope is a lot simpler and less morbid than it used to be.
Here at Yobetit we are currently offering odds on who will be next in line after Pope Francis. While a Papal election only occurs when the incumbent either dies or resigns, and Pope Francis seems perfectly healthy, Filipino cardinal Antonio Tagle is gaining a lot of attention.
“I accept this election in the name of all the poor people in the world,” Filipino cardinal, Luis Antonio Tagle said as he accepted his recent election. The charismatic cardinal from the Philippines was named as the new president of Caritas Internationalis giving him greater international stature. Resultantly, many people now strongly believe Tagle should be next in line as Pope.
Tagle would make a strong runner if the issue is continuity with Francis, and he is currently the favourite at odds of 9 per Yobetit odds. Luis Antonio Tagle is the first Asian to head this confederation of Catholic Church charity agencies, including Catholic Relief Services, from 165 countries and will lead the organisation for the next four years. The 57-year-old cardinal, who has been archbishop of Manila since October 2011 is a humble, deeply spiritual, and friendly man who resembles Pope Francis in many ways.
The conclave can elect any baptised Roman Catholic male to be Pope. Since 1378 the conclave have chosen a cardinal. So things are looking pretty promising for Tagle. Find out the odds and place your predictions now!