game of thrones

HBO Game of Thrones

They say cha…

“Are you going to pack the court?”

Ahem, they say cha..

“Are you going to pack the court?”


“He doesn’t want to answer the question”

“Will you shut up, man?”

Thank you. Now, as I was saying, one of my favorite quotes from the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones” is when Lord Petyr Baelish proclaims “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.”

So, while many of you who tuned in to watch the first United States presidential debate cringed at the childish discourse, President Donald Trump reveled in it. Since the day of his inauguration, when he had press secretary Sean Spicer hold a combative briefing to argue – of all things – the size of the inauguration crowd, chaos has been the administration’s modus operandi. The pandemic, economy on edge and civil unrest is not a pit of despair for Trump, it’s ammunition to use against his opponent over the next five weeks leading up to election day. However, if the president believed his kid-brother-in the-backseat-I’m-not-touching-you-I’m-not-touching you debate style won over the betting public, he’d be wrong.

The morning after the first debate, former vice president Joe Biden’s odds to win the 2020 election improved at both online sportsbooks Bovada and BetOnline. At Bovada, the Democratic challenger’s odds were up from -130 last week to -140, while at BetOnline, they soared to -150, which is the highest they’ve been since before the Republican National Convention of late-August. President Trump’s odds dipped from EVEN to +120 and +110 to +130 at Bovada and BetOnline, respectively.

2020 U.S. Election Betting Odds Online Sportsbook (9/30/20) Online Sportsbook (9/30/20)
Candidate Bovada BetOnline
Donald Trump  +120 (Last week +110) +130 (Last week +110)
Joe Biden  -140 (Last week -130) -150 (Last week -130)

2020 U.S. Election Odds: Main Headlines

The First Presidential Debate

“Embarrassing.” “Embarrassment.” “I’m embarrassed for our country.”

This was the tone and tenor of social media commentary during last night’s Trump-Biden debate.

Several media outlets ran pieces posing the question, “Does a debate like this one change voters’ minds?”

In short, it’s unlikely, but we can’t discount the fact that the verbal jousting improved Biden’s odds lead. Perhaps, Trump’s scorched earth approach – which worked very well for him in 2016 – has fallen on deaf ears four years later.

The 2020 Election Debate Schedule

In case you were craving more political debates, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris will debate Vice-President Mike Pence on October 7 in Utah. Unless something changes, two more Trump-Biden debates are scheduled, which are October 15 in Miami, Florida and October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Time will tell if both candidates believe 90 minutes of the national public’s time is worth it if they’re just going to talk over each other the entire time.

2020 U.S. Election Odds: Poll Positions

Less than five weeks before Election Day 2020, Biden leads Trump by seven points according to FiveThirtyEight. Remember, this polling outlet takes an average of most general election polls, accounting for quality, sample size and recency.

Over at conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports, a somewhat shocking development where former vice-president Biden jumped out to an eight-point lead, 51%-43%, as he hurdled 50% for the first time in this national telephone and online survey of 3,000 likely voters.

In the lead up to November 3, Gamble Online will publish weekly 2020 U.S. election betting coverage with the latest polling news and updated betting odds. If you’re interested in learning more about how to bet on the 2020 United States election or are interested in learning more about the online sportsbooks that offer political odds and unique prop bets, be sure to check out our new expert 2020 election guide.

Ryan Fowler

Ryan has covered sports on every media platform over the past 17+ years. The first seven years of his professional career were spent as a sports anchor and reporter at various local television stations, while he picked up side gigs as a freelance sports columnist and recurring radio guest before he decided to jump to the web. As content manager of sports simulation website and senior editor of's fantasy baseball and football coverage for the better part of this decade, Ryan embraces advanced metrics, trends, and outside-the-box angles to find his edge. You can follow him on Twitter @FreelanceFowler.

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