Another bookie gives South Florida long odds for Amazon’s HQ2

Jan 29, 2018
South Florida is on Amazon’s short list of 20 sites for a second headquarters. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

We reported earlier this month that Irish betting site PaddyPower.com thinks South Florida is unlikely to win the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters. A Las Vegas bookie agrees.

Like PaddyPower, Bovada Sportsbook puts the Miami metro area’s chances at 20-1, tied for dead last among the 20 finalists.

Intriguingly, the two bookies have wildly different ideas about who will win. Bovada rates Nashville the favorite, at 8-1. Paddy Power, on the other hand, makes Music City a long shot, tied with Miami at 20-1.

Paddy Power, meanwhile, makes Boston a 2-1 favorite, while Bovada rates Beantown a 20-1 longshot.

Another site, SportsBettingDime.com, says South Florida’s odds are an even longer 22-1, but that actually ranks in the middle of the pack. By SportsBettingDime’s calculations, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia are the underdogs, at 40-1 each.

The e-commerce giant says it’ll hire 50,000 workers at an average wage of $100,000 for Amazon’s HQ2.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have combined to submit a single bid. South Florida’s package includes five possible sites in Miami-Dade County, two in Broward County and just one in Palm Beach County.