Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has a history of drawing attention to themselves with elaborate PR stunts and advertising campaigns and now they’ve managed to come up with yet another way to get themselves in focus. In the kind of stunt which would normally be reserved for April Fool’s Day they have advertised for the position within their organisation of ‘Head of Trump Betting’.
In their advertisement for the post it states that the candidate should be able to make things up on the spot and then stand by what they said even though there is a mountain of evidence against it and that the successful applicant would have to “build a wall around the hub to ensure foreign bets don’t get in”.
It would be all too easy to cry “FAKE NEWS!” at this, but while the job post is very obviously tongue in cheek Paddy Power have said that they will actually offer an initial three-month contract for the position at their Dublin offices if the right person applies.
Paddy Power do already have a range of special bets available on the President of the United States and feel it is a money spinner as people look for new and more inventive ways to gamble – after a boastful comment by Donald Trump last year they started taking bets on the size of his manhood. Their new Head of Trump Betting would be required to create and monitor a whole host of special bets pertaining to the President using real-time trading apps in a high-pressure environment. Effectively it is as serious a job as dealing with any of the other markets the bookmaker offers.
The right person for the job would be required to keep up with President Trump’s press conferences, executive orders, tweets, day to day business and what Paddy Power themselves describe as “general idiocy”.
Trump himself has so far not commented on this news, but as a man who has had interests in casinos, he may well think about applying for the role himself.
Paddy Power merged with Betfair last year.