First Presidential Debate: The best special betting markets

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden
There's no love lost between Trump and Biden

The first US presidential debate takes place on Tuesday night. Here's how you can bet on the winner as well as everything from Donald Trump and Joe Biden's ties to their buzzwords and much more...

"Is it possible that either candidate could walk off stage and not return? It's never happened before but neither have a lot of things that have happened recently."

Donald Trump and Joe Biden go head to head on Tuesday night in the first presidential debate of US election 2020. Viewers in the UK are in for a late night, with the debate getting underway at 2am, but it could be worth it following the bombshell revelations about the president's tax returns that were published on Sunday. In the aftermath, Trump has drifted to 11/82.32 on the Exchange with Biden 4/51.78.

Presidential debates can be key moments in election campaigns and, with animosity running high between Trump and Biden, this could be one of the fiercest in US election history. You can bet on the winner - Biden is the current favourite at 4/9 and Trump 13/8 - with the outcome based on the result of CNN's snap poll.

But you can also bet on much more. Betfair Sportsbook have put together a range of special markets that should have every angle covered and add a bit of fun to the occasion.

Will Biden and Trump shake hands at the beginning? Usually this would be a no-brainer but, in the era of Covid-19, 'No' is 1/8. Alternatively, an elbow bump is 5/2.

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What colour ties will they wear? Trump usually favours red, and it's the colour of his party, but it's only even odds.

How about some word bingo? Bet on words and phrases to be used by either candidate. As you'd expect, terms like "Covid-19", "Taxes" and "Fake news" are heavy odds-on. Further down the market you can get 5/6 on "Putin", while "Make America Great Again" is as long as 3/1 and "Brexit" is 14/1.

Which country will get the most mentions (apart from America)? China is 1/3 while Russia is 2/1. In his preview of the debate, Paul Krishnamurty says the former will the word on the president's lips.

Is it possible that either candidate could walk off stage and not return? It's never happened before but neither have a lot of things that have happened recently. It's 20/1 and, of the two, you'd have to think Trump the most likely to pull such a stunt. Biden, on the other hand, is 55/1 to fall asleep.

This is just a short guide to the markets on offer for the debate. You'll find them all here as well as in-depth coverage of the election on our dedicated US politics hub.

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