Baby Betting Booms in Final Hours Before Royal Birth
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A mad dash to place all bets before the Royal baby is born. As Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge went into labor Monday, last minute bets on the name of her baby flooded into book British keepers, says Paddy Power bookie spokesman Rory Scott.

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A mad dash to place all bets before the Royal baby is born. As Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge went into labor Monday, last minute bets on the name of her baby flooded into book British keepers, says Paddy Power bookie spokesman Rory Scott. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR PADDY POWER, RORY SCOTT, SAYING: "Money is coming in by the pramload. We've taken 30 000 pounds this morning alone. That's in four hours. That's incredible. Most of the guys are betting on the name. Baby name, the name game. Alexandra is the current favorite, 7 to 4, it's the Queen's middle name, it's the name of William's godmother, Princess Alexandra, so that's a good bet. Victoria is next up, 5 to 1, it's been well backed the last few days and that's ahead of Charlotte" The British were betting on all kinds of details around the Royal baby - its sex, hair color, even weight. The announcement of the Royal birth will be made on an official letter, displayed in front of Buckingham Palace on an easel. Prince William, Catherine and the baby are expected to pose for photographs on the steps of this London maternity wing before they leave the hospital.