Chris Brown Will Be Rihanna's Next Boyfriend, Say Oddsmakers
Paddy Power plc sent us a cheerful press release this morning with the title, "HE RI RI LIKES HER - BROWN FAVOURITE TO WOO RIHANNA."
That's a reference to Chris Brown, Rihanna's onetime domestic abuser and recent Grammy Award ziggurat-hopper. Their possible reunion was considered just days ago on this very blog.
Here's the full list of possible Rihanna suitors and the betting odds:
Rihanna's Next Boyfriend
2/7 Chris Brown
8/1 Colin Farrell
12/1 Justin Timberlake
16/1 Travis Barker
25/1 Matt Cardle
25/1 Jake Gyllenhall
25/1 Tinie Tempah
25/1 Taio Cruz
33/1 Bruno Mars
33/1 Steve Jones
33/1 Jeremy Renner
40/1 Justin Bieber
40/1 Leonardo Di Caprio
50/1 Simon Cowell
50/1 Joaquin Phoenix
Ouch -- sorry, Joaquin and Simon. Apparently a record of violent abuse is less of a game-killer than a choreographed descent into slovenly madness.
While they were at it, the Irishmen cooked up some odds for a prospective fight between WWE wrestler CM Punk and Brown, after CM challenged Brown on Twitter.
1/20 CM Punk
7/1 Chris Brown
Still, at least Chris would be trying to beat up a dude this time.
Rumors of a possible reunion have been fueled by the picture above, which circulated on Twitter. There are no details on whether the photo is recent, but resident New Times celeb-gossip consultant Betsey J. Denberg says, "That's what her hair looks like now, so I think it is."
When it's not predicting celeb romances, Paddy Power engages in more traditional avenues of bookmaking, such as arranging the world's biggest-ever strip poker tournament and skinny-dipping events and getting a Tongan rugby player to change his name to Paddy Power for the duration of the 2007 World Cup. They also cater to soused old men who want to make a euro or two on a footy match.
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