Some would say marriage is always a gamble.
Over at MyBookie, an online betting site, they’re taking that literally.
Given the huge spike in divorce filings driven by COVID-19, MyBookie now presents the Divorce Odds Calculator — which generates odds on the likelihood that a marriage will end.
What do give your buddy’s union — six months? A year, tops?
So now you can put your money where your mouth is.
Visitors to MyBookie will find a questionnaire to fill out that manages to be vaguely amusing, somewhat insulting and incisive all at the same time — it can be filled out by either party in a marriage or by someone who just knows the couple really well.
After the questionnaire is completed, anyone can place a bet on the longevity of said marriage. Ouch.
David Strauss — head oddsmaker at MyBookie — knows that with major sporting events still on hold over COVID-19, those who regularly bet on games are looking around for somewhere to put their wagers.
In a statement from MyBookie, Strauss notes that sports betting enthusiasts, “Are itching for things on which to bet.”
He continues, “Now that peoples’ relationships are being tested like never before — being locked in with significant others with no distractions — we predict divorce rates will reach a new all-time high. While we’re not rooting for an increase in divorces, we thought marriage would make for an interesting institution to wager on.”
MyBookie is taking current statistics and waxing creative with the Divorce Calculator. Between 40 and 50% of all marriages in North America were already ending in divorce prior to COVID-19 — since the COVID-19 lockdown put married couples together 24/7, divorce lawyers coast to coast in Canada report huge increases in the numbers of people inquiring about ending their marriage.
Both Italy and China had spikes in divorce numbers as a result of the pandemic lockdown, and the U.K. reported a 40% increase in divorce inquiries.
Using those sobering statistics, MyBookie has put together an Odds Calculator that might at least wring a laugh or two out of participants. Questions run from personal hygiene and online flirting to children and household chores. Some questions (“If you had to choose between sports returning or saving your marriage, which would it be?” and “How much weight has your partner gained?”) suggest a male perspective on the situation. And perhaps a snarky male perspective.
According to the press release, once the questionnaire is filled out, “The algorithm developed by MyBookie oddsmakers will instantly provide accurate odds for the couple’s friends and family to place their bets at home.”
The Divorce Calculator does not necessitate gambling. Anyone can take the quiz to check the status of their own marriage, or — better yet — to test a relationship’s strength before saying, “I do.”
That seems like a safe bet.
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