Irish Bookmaker: 100-to-1 Odds that Actor Matt Damon Will Become President

By Tierney Smith | August 15, 2011 | 3:20pm EDT

Actor Matt Damon in the movie, "The Adjustment Bureau." (AP photo/Universal Pictures)

(CNSNews.com) – The odds that actor Matt Damon could become president of the United States are 100-to-1, according to Ireland's largest bookmaker.

Paddy Power, which operates a chain of licensed betting offices and retail outlets located throughout Ireland and in the UK,  included Damon’s name in its odds-making after Damon received “a glittering endorsement for the role from fellow Hollywood star Michael Moore,” according to a Paddy Power press release.

“There’s been a strong tradition of Hollywood stars making the transition into politics since Ronald Reagan,” the Dublin bookmaker said in a news release. “Matt Damon has never been afraid to express his political views and would surely garner some high profile supporters if he chose to run.”

The company listed Damon, perhaps best known for portraying CIA assassin Jason Bourne in a series of films, at 66-to-1 to receive the Democratic nomination for the 2012 election.

Power said President Obama remains “the strong favorite at 4-to-6 odds in the race for the White House,” followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, who are at 7-to-2 and 5-to-1 odds, respectively. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R0Minn.) stands at 16-to-1 odds.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, was listed at 25-to-1 odds of being the next U.S. president.

GOP candidates Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain were at 20-to-1 and 33-to-1 odds respectively, while Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Joe Biden and Marco Rubio are all currently listed as 80-to-1 longshots.

Even Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton made the betting list. Power said the famous heiress has a 500-to-1 chance of being the next U.S. president.

Paddy Power is best known for its small stakes, fixed odds sports betting and is listed on the London and Irish Stock Exchanges. According to PaddyPower.com, in 2009 the company’s revenue was over 2.75 billion euros.

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