WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Last summer's most successful television series returns this week with 10 new celebrities competing on ABC's hit reality show "Dancing With The Stars". This season's famous participants include a former Super Bowl champion, a professional wrestling "diva," a rap mogul and an Oscar winner, among others, who'll team with professional ballroom dancers in an eight-week competition decided by viewer voting and judges. With the latest edition of "Dancing With The Stars" beginning this week, PinnacleSports.com has become the first sportsbook to open betting on who'll win ABC's celebrity dance competition.
The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com originally opened wagering on "Dancing With The Stars" on December 29, one week before Thursday's season premiere. After originally opening at 4/1 to win the competition, WWE professional wrestler Stacy Keibler has received the most backing from bettors and is now an overwhelming 2/1 favorite to be crowned the "dancing queen." PinnacleSports.com currently lists actress Tia Carrere with the second best odds to win the competition at 7/1, closely followed by fellow actress Lisa Rinna at 15/2. Famously tanned actor George Hamilton currently stands at 9/1 to win the competition after opening with the second best odds of 5/1 last week.
"Betting on reality series has become extremely popular with our customers and usually provides a very accurate predictor of who will become the eventual winner on the show," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "In the past, our bettors have correctly backed the eventual winner of shows like 'American Idol' and 'The Apprentice.' Right now our bettors clearly believe Stacy Keibler will win 'Dancing With The Stars,' with 27% of all bets and 70% of all money wagered being placed on the professional wrestler."
Despite having some dance training and being married to a choreographer, former boy-band star Drew Lachey is listed by PinnacleSports.com at only 9/1 to win "Dancing With The Stars." Television journalist Giselle Fernandez may have a famous Mexican flamenco dancer as her father, but the odds are still against her as she's a mere 10/1 to win the competition. Rap mogul Master P, a late replacement for his son Romeo, has been installed at 11/1, while Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal stands at 14/1. Unsure if his moves on the football field will translate to the dance floor, former NFL star Jerry Rice is listed as a 19/1 long shot to become the next celebrity dance champ. ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne opened with the worst odds to win the contest at 15/1 and is now an even bigger underdog at 24/1.
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