How Trump defied the odds to reach the White House by SmartBets

As you may have heard by now, Donald Trump defied the odds to become the 45th President of the United States of America in the early hours of Tuesday morning. SmartBets tracked the Republican’s meteoric rise on election day.

The customisable odds comparison site powered by has tracked every flicker of movement in the betting markets to illustrate exactly where the election was won and lost.


As polling opened Trump was given less than a 20% chance of winning the keys to the White House, but less than 24 hours later the bookies were paying out on a Trump triumph.

Oklahoma and Mississippi were the first crucial states to fall, according to the bookmakers, with his probability of winning the race rocketing from below 20% to almost 60%.

Bookies were quick to revise The Donald’s chances from near 60% to almost 90% when he bagged key state Ohio, and Pennsylvania was the final nail in the coffin.

Henrik Lykkesteen, Chief Commercial Officer for Better Collective, said: “It’s incredible to see how Donald Trump has pulled off this true underdog story. The bookmakers’ odds generally fall in line with the polls and those brave enough to take them on and back Trump will have been rewarded handsomely.

“Talking of handsome rewards, anybody that had a £5 treble on Leicester to win the Premier League, UK to vote for Brexit and Trump to win the US election would be looking at pocketing over £12 million – 2016 has been a year to go against the odds!”

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