'American Idol' Predictions Announced by Wynn Las Vegas

John Avello, Director of Race & Sports Operations, Releases His Weekly Odds

for the Fox Reality Show

Apr 11, 2006, 01:00 ET from Wynn Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- All eyes -- and bets -- are on the
 Fox reality show "American Idol" to generate the most intense competition
 of the year, according to John Avello, director of race & sports operations
 for Wynn Las Vegas.
     Avello, whose purview normally covers all on-site sports bets and
 nationwide horse racing for the Las Vegas Strip venue, has assessed all
 "Idol" contestants since the launch of the show. He has a near perfect
 record, pegging advance #1 rankings to winners Ruben Studdard, Fantasia and
 Carrie Underwood weeks before their crowning.
     As of today, Avello has given open odds to win the 2006 season of "Idol"
 as follows:
     #8  Bucky: 35/1
     #7  Taylor: 25/1
     #6  Kellie: 15/1
     #5  Elliott: 12/1
     #4  Paris: 10/1
     #3  Katharine: 8/1
     #2  Ace: 5/1
     and the best bet to win the fifth season of "American Idol":
     #1  Chris: 4/1
     "This competition is all about the voters at home, but they're not
 necessarily voting based on talent," says Avello, who has also supplemented
 his sports focus with other entertainment odds-making including the Oscars,
 Emmys and Grammys. Avello will update his "American Idol" odds each week
 until the series finale on May 24.
     Odds to win attached are for wagering entertainment purposes only.
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