Atlanta could beat the odds to nab Amazon’s HQ2, according to this gambling site

The next Amazon headquarters?
The next Amazon headquarters?

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Amazon received 238 proposals from cities desperate to be home to the tech giant’s next headquarters. But how many actually have a shot? 

According to one gambling site, Atlanta leads the pack. The Georgia capital has 2-1 odds to win Amazon’s second headquarters on the Irish gambling site Paddy Power. Props to CNN for catching it.

Two-to-one odds don’t necessarily mean too much for Amazon’s final verdict, but it’s still a major lead against some of the other contenders. Philadelphia faces 7-1 odds; Boston is looking at 8-1 odds; and Miami has 12-1 odds. Those are a lot better than some of the longshot contenders: 20-1 for Denver, 20-1 for Los Angeles, and 30-1 for Sacramento. 

A lot of these cities have tried out gimmicks to woo Amazon. Tuscon, Arizona sent a giant cactus to Amazon’s first headquarters in Seattle, and Birmingham, Alabama installed art installations of giant Amazon packages throughout the city. Newark, New Jersey offered up $7 billion in tax incentives. 

But those efforts don’t help the gambling odds. 

Amazon could even end up in Melbourne, Australia—at 100-1 odds. 

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