William Hill slash odds on alien life
With the revelation that astronomers have discovered a “super-earth” planet more than 20 light years away, bookmaker William Hill has decided to cut odds on alien life existing from 1000/1 to 100/1.
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile, made the discovery and have calculated that conditions on the planet would be ideal for the support of life, with temperatures in the region of 0 to 40 degrees Celsius and therefore the existence of water in a liquid form more probable.
As a result, William Hill has decided to take no risks.
“We would face a possible eight figure payout if it were to be confirmed that intelligent life of extra-terrestrial origin currently exists,” said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.
“We felt we had to react to the news that an Earth-like planet which could support intelligent life has been discovered - after all, we don't know for sure that intelligent extra-terrestrial life has not already been discovered, but is being hushed up.”
The conditions of the bet are that within one year of the flutter being placed, confirmation of extra-terrestrial life existing must be confirmed by the serving Prime Minister.
The possibility of E.T being discovered is more likely than Liverpool exactly repeating their Champions League victory over AC Milan in 2005, according to William Hill.
Nevertheless, Liverpool fan Dave Ashford has bet £10 at 1000/1 on Liverpool meeting AC Milan in the final and that the game will end 3-3 after extra-time, with Liverpool proving victorious again on penalties.
However, Liverpool must first get past Chelsea in a repeat of the 2005 semi-final. They play the first-leg at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-04-25 11:45:09