What do the book­ies say?

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Un­like opin­ion polls, which of­fi­cially ended last Fri­day, on­line bet­ting on lo­cal elec­tions was still be­ing of­fered through­out Sun­day.

For the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Athens, the odds from Goal­bet for cur­rent ma­jor and in­cum­bent Gior­gos Kami­nis stood at 1.25, with Aris Spil­iotopou­los and Ilias Ka­sidiaris in sec­ond place with equal odds of 4.50. SYRIZA can­di­date Gavriil Sake­lar­idis was clearly in fourth po­si­tion with odds at 7.50. The odds for Ilias Ka­sidiaris had sub­stan­tially nar­rowed from 13 a week ago to 4.50 on May 18. In con­trast, Sake­lar­idis’ odds widened from 4.20 on May 10 to 7.50 on Sun­day. Aris Spil­iotopou­los re­mained in the sec­ond po­si­tion with odds in­creas­ing to 4.50 on Sun­day from 3.15 a week ago. The fi­nal out­come showed Kami­nis leading by just one per­cent­age point over Sake­lar­idis. This means that the voting re­sults were sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent to those in­di­cated by bet­ting odds, par­tic­u­larly re­gard­ing the SYRIZA can­di­date. In Thes­sa­loniki, the odds were clearly in favour of Yian­nis Boutaris. His odds stood at just 1.10, and at 5.25 for New Democ­racy can­di­date Stavros Kalafatis.

The out­come of the first round showed Boutaris leading, but not with the mar­gin in­di­cated by book­mak­ers.

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