Wynn Las Vegas Releases Idol Predictions - Wednesday 19th of April 2006

LAS VEGAS – All eyes and bets are on theFox reality show "American Idol" to generate the most intense competitionof the year, according to John Avello, director of race & sports operationsfor Wynn Las Vegas.

Avello, whose purview normally covers all on-site sports bets andnationwide horse racing for the Las Vegas Strip venue, has assessed all"Idol" contestants since the launch of the show. He has a near perfectrecord, pegging advance #1 rankings to winners Ruben Studdard, Fantasia andCarrie 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 notnecessarily voting based on talent," says Avello, who has also supplementedhis sports focus with other entertainment odds-making including the Oscars,Emmys and Grammys. Avello will update his "American Idol" odds each weekuntil the series finale on May 24.

Odds to win attached are for wagering entertainment purposes only.

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