Wynn Las Vegas Releases 'American Idol' Predictions - Sunday 26th of March 2006

LAS VEGAS – Never mind March Madness. Forget about the mid-term elections. 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 (Nasdaq: WYNN).

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:

#11 Kevin: 100/1

#10 Bucky: 35/1

#9 Taylor: 25/1

#8 Kellie: 15/1

#7 Elliott: 12/1

#6 Paris: 10/1

#5 Katharine: 8/1

#4 Lisa: 6/1

#3 Ace: 5/1

#2 Mandisa: 9/2

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.

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