The second U.S. presidential debate, held on Monday night, saw a well-prepared Donald Trump, yet it was Hillary Clinton who continued to win over punters.
Sportsbook Bodog pegged the odds of the former U.S. first lady winning the upcoming elections at -425 (4/17) following her second face-off with Trump, who is now at +335 (13/4). Before Monday night’s debate, the Democrats were a favorite to win with 3/10 odds, while Republicans were at 12/5.
Monday night’s event went down as the most negative and hostile debate in the U.S. presidential history—and that was even before the actual debate started. Thirty minutes before the start of the debate, Trump held a press conference in which he presented three women claiming to have been sexually assaulted by former President Bill Clinton. But it was the Republican nominee who was backed into a corner following the emergence of a video of him bragging about sexual aggression against women.
Trump apologized for the “locker room talk,” but pointed out during the debate that his were just words while “Bill Clinton was abusive to women.” The businessman also attacked Clinton’s use of a private email server, noting that the former secretary of state would have been in jail if he was the president. To which, Clinton responded: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country.”
Not to be outdone, Trump retorted: “Because you’d be in jail.”
Beyond Trump’s ability to maintain grace under pressure, the Republican’s choice of tie and words are also of importance to punters.
Before the debate, the odds of Trump wearing a red tie is at 2/5, followed by yellow or gold at 7/4, while other colors are at 5/1, and black and blue are at 30/1. The red tie won.
Clinton, on the other hand, is favored to wear a blue jacket at 4/7, followed by white and other colors at 4/1, while yellow or gold is at 6/1, black is at 10/1, and red is at 30/1.
Other debate specials were also available, including the probabilities that Trump will not invent another word during the debate (-600); not say “bigly/big league” (-140); say “huge” (-250); say “build the wall/build a wall” (-180); or say “tremendous” (6.5 over/under).
Meanwhile, the odds of “Russia” will be mentioned is at 12.5 over/under, while “Mexico” is at 4.5 over/under. The probability of “China” being mentioned during the debate is at 9.5 over/under, while the word “trillion is at 10.5 over/under.
The third and final debate is scheduled to take place on October 19.