Fancy a bet on news events, but aren’t keen on losing cold hard cash in these tough economic times? HubDub’s what you need. The fake-money news-betting site has been going strong in the US since February this year, but given that they’re based in Edinburgh, it was only a matter of time before they expanded to the UK.
The site’s live right now, and you can bet virtual Hubdub dollars on the outcome of such important factors as who’s going to get Christmas #1, whether Laura White from X-Factor will make a comeback, or who the next Dr Who will be. There’s slightly more high-brow questions too, like whether inflation will hit 6% by the year’s end or who’ll win the next election in the UK.
When you sign up, you get 1000H$ to play with. Depending on your level of certainty, you can wager up to H$100 on each answer, with greater returns and losses coming when you wager more – obviously. You can also submit your own questions to the site for other users to answer.
I like the site. It works well, it’s fast. I’m going to have to wait until 2010 to find out if my Labour-to-beat-the-Conservatives predication comes true, but I should find out whether my ‘Other’ prediction for Christmas number one comes true much sooner than that. It’ll be X-Factor, blatantly, won’t it?