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New year novelty bets revealed

Published 24/12/2011 | 00:07

Ladbrokes are offering 2/1 that the Duchess of Cambridge becomes pregnant next year
Ladbrokes are offering 2/1 that the Duchess of Cambridge becomes pregnant next year

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having their first child, Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley returning to the BBC together and Ashley and Cheryl Cole remarrying are just some of the novelty bets that Ladbrokes are taking for the new year.

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The odds for the Duchess of Cambridge to produce a royal heir are being offered at 2/1 while people can also take a punt on whether her sister, Pippa Middleton, will get engaged in 2012 at 5/1.

After being axed by ITV's Daybreak, the bets are on for Chiles and Bleakley to return to do a show together on the BBC (10/1) while punters can get even money that the first cast member of ITV's The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) will announce a pregnancy.

Other bets on celebrities producing offspring include David and Victoria Beckham having another baby (6/4), Katie Price and Peter Andre to announce a pregnancy (25/1) and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to become pregnant or adopt another child (1/4).

The bookmaker is also offering bets on celebrity marriages, with odds of 4/7 for Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley tying the knot, and 3/1 for Kim Kardashian to get married again.

Other odds on offer include for Piers Morgan and Lord Sugar to enter business together (25/1), Cheryl Cole to rejoin the UK X Factor (6/1), Demi Moore to change her name on Twitter before the end of 2012 (evens) and TV show Friends to be turned into a film (8/1).

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Novelty bets have been incredibly popular this year. It looks like punters will be hoping for a haul of marriages, babies and break-ups. Reality TV has never been more popular and the odds suggest hit shows like TOWIE will pull out all the stops to win the ratings war in 2012."

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