Presidential Election 2020 Betting

This guide to betting the U.S. Presidential Election in 2020 will list all the latest odds, provide expert betting tips and cover the breaking news effecting the market.

Odds to Become Next US President in 2020

Joe Biden-215Democrat
Donald Trump+175Republican
Mike Pence+10000Republican
Kamala Harris+15000Democrat
Howie Hawkins+100000Green Party
Jo Jorgensen+100000Libertarian
Kanye West+250000Independent
*Odds updated as of October 15, 2020.

Note: Odds listed are from a European bookmaker because political betting markets are not offered at any licensed and regulated bookmakers in the United States.

Explaining U.S. Presidential Betting Odds

For everyone new to betting and/or checking out political odds for the first time, here's how moneylines work when it comes to betting on the presidential election.

If a candidate is listed at -140, you would have to bet (risk) $140 to win $100. If a candidate is listed at +600, betting $100 would win you $600 should that candidate win.

Worth noting, the larger (also known as longer) the line means the smaller (or shorter) the oddsmakers' implied probability for that candidate to win and vice versa.

For example, a candidate with odds of +800 has a smaller implied probability of winning than a candidate with odds of +250 despite the first candidate's odds being larger.

US Presidential Election Betting Tips

Things to Consider When Betting on Trump

The 10 Most Insane Bets on Things Trump Might Do as U.S. President | has picked out the 10 most insane Donald Trump bets and speculated on how likely they could be. We also breakdown how much you could make if you bet $1 on all the top Trump bets (hint: it's in the billions).

Trump Impeachment Odds Short After Cohen, Manafort Rulings | President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud. Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, plead guilty within the same hour to eight criminal counts and even implicated the president in a potential campaign funds violation. What does this mean for Trump's impeachment odds?

Who Wrote the New York Times Op-Ed on Trump? Here's the Odds | Check out the odds on who wrote the critical New York Times Op-Ed discussing the Trump White House. Was it John Kelly? Kellyanne Conway? Or was it someone closer to the President like VP Mike Pence?

President Trump Impeachment Odds Slashed By Irish Bookmaker | Paddy Power reported that its odds of President Trump being impeached before the end of his first term had be cut from +1200 to +800 and now all the way to +200. That reflects a spike in bettor activity following comments in which the President seemingly failed to condemn Russia for intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Bookmakers Shift Trump’s Odds in Favor of Finishing Term | Despite persistent calls for Donald Trump to be impeached during the first year of his presidency, the man has defiantly met fire with fire. Those who have backed Trump to remain in office during 2017 look in an increasingly strong position.

Potential Trump Impeachment Big Business for Bookies | Regardless of your political persuasions or preferences, there's no doubt Donald Trump has made political betting popular again.

Betting on the Next U.S. President

The United States presidential election determines who will land one of the most powerful jobs in the world, if the most powerful. With plenty of twists and turns guaranteed in every election, predicting the outcome may seem tough, but there are lots of ways to make a profit from U.S. presidential election betting.

Before the race starts, there is profit potential in the candidate selection process: the primaries and caucuses in which party members elect delegates to vote for their favored candidate.

These contests receive lots of media attention, making it easy to track and are full of events for savvy political betting fans to take advantage of top betting sites.

Take the race to be the Republican candidate: The opening votes in Iowa and New Hampshire tend to bring underdogs to the fore, shaking up the campaign (and the odds) against the favorite.

But, unlike the Democrats, Republican candidates then face the "firewall" of South Carolina. The state has served as a barrier to insurgent party members since it was conceived by Republican strategist Lee Atwater in 1980.

It ruined Bob Dole's campaign in 1988 and it stopped McCain in 2000, so this generally holds firm every four years.

Knowing how these key events function is an excellent way to extract value from the fluctuating odds, but more valuable still is spotting when these trends don't hold, as was the case with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in 2012. Gutsy gamblers can make serious money by calling upsets like these.

Guides to Betting on the Next Election

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Democratic Primary Betting Odds

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Predicting a Winner

The passion and pageantry that accompany the lengthy election process in America is alluring, but U.S. presidential election betting is sometimes about cutting to the core of the issues to call a candidate early.

For example, in the 2012 elections Obama was the early favorite to win and secure his second term, despite facing slumps in the polls and problems with the economy. Being able to see through those problems and avoid the allure of the underdog would have bagged favorable odds nice and early.

We can point to similar situations with the re-elections of George W. Bush in 2004, despite rising tensions over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and of Bill Clinton overcoming the negative PR of the Lewinsky Scandal to win re-election in 1996.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton was the outright favorite after the first debate, with an incredible probability of 91% that she would win the election. When Trump won, it was a massive upset for bettors. Clinton retained a massive odds margin between her and Trump right up until the day of the vote.

Playing the Odds

While some gamblers see through campaign spin and media storms, others embrace them as opportunities in themselves. By engaging in arbitrage, shrewd gamblers can maximize the odds they get in any given situation.

This means backing candidates while odds are long, and laying (betting against them) while they're short. So, for example, backing Obama while he's touted as pre-election favorite isn't ideal, but backing him after a negative poll would give much longer odds.

It's a risky strategy, but can land big profits. If your online gambling site gives you the option of cashing out your bets, you can even make a profit before the election is over. This is done by backing a solid candidate in a difficult period, when the odds are long, then cashing out when the storm has passed.

Spotting Trends for U.S. Presidential Election Betting

Those of you who lean towards statistical modelling might want to look towards polling and election "issues" to call the trends. Blogger Nate Silver famously predicted the 2012 U.S. election result with stunning accuracy.

It prompted many to break down his approach, which, it's speculated, largely involved factoring local and national political issues into local voter polls – a sensible and systematic approach to finding a winner.

A less serious approach involves omens. For example, since 1980 the candidate who sold the most Halloween masks has always won the election.

Or the strange connection between the Redskins and the presidency; apparently, if they win their last home game of the year during a presidential election, the party in power will stay in power. Either can form a basis for a profitable, and fun, betting strategy.

Frequently Asked Questions: 2020 Election Betting

Reviewing the 2016 U.S. Presidency Election Betting Market

With a Donald Trump win at an extremely low implied probability, the majority of bettors across the world felt that Hillary Clinton was a sure thing in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In August 2015, two months after announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump was just +2500 to win the election, with this number dropping to +150 just ahead of the first presidential debate.

Trump’s brash style of politics led the bookies to believe that the former host of "The Apprentice was polarizing and dividing his audience, when in fact, he was having the opposite effect.

A swathe of bets were placed on a safe Clinton win, with some bookies even paying out early due to Trump’s abysmal pre-election odds. The former Secretary of State stood at a whopping 91% just one day before the vote, while Trump’s odds had fallen to 9% from an only slightly better 23% just a week before.

Trump’s win caused a massive upset at the bookies. The Clinton/Trump case is a prime example of why U.S. presidential election betting has become so popular and is indicative of how unpredictable the market is.

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