Many fans around the world like to read about Niall Horan’s and make predictions about who will be his next girlfriend. We are even interested when Niall Horan gives his bandmate Zayn Malik a friendly smooch. However, in Europe, predicting who Niall Horan will date next has been a way for some people to gamble for cold hard cash.
Unlike America, England has a special set of rules for betting that is expansive — so much so that people even bet on Niall Horan. In America, betting is limited to Native American territories, horse betting, and the lottery. In Europe, it is not uncommon to bet on everything from game show outcomes to soccer, beauty contests, and Niall Horan.
Betting on Niall Horan’s love life is not the first time that One Direction has been targeted for betting in Europe. In fact, special music events, like Britain’s Got Talent, are almost always part of betting in places like England. Unlike the behind-the-scenes illegal Super Bowl bets that Americans like to place, betting on people like Niall Horan is regularly discussed in the news in the U.K.
For example, BBC News reported about how bettors selected Susan Boyle as a top singer before the official votes were tallied for her on the 2009 Britain’s Got Talent.
Is Niall Horan or One Direction against gambling? In 2013, Harry Styles was criticized by his management team for gambling too much in Australia according to The Mirror U.K.
Niall Horan is quoted in a separate article by The Mirror U.K. about that incident and said the following.
“Like most of the stupid things we do, it seemed like it was a good idea at the time. In all honesty, I didn’t have a clue what was happening. I won £100, which seemed reasonable, then I stopped. I’ll have to say, ‘No comment’ about the others. Let’s just say it got a bit ugly and a lot of money was lost. A lot. When management found out, we got a serious dressing-down.”
While it might be normal to bet on Britain’s Got Talent in the U.K., betting on Niall Horan’s love life is a bit over the top — or is it? As it appears, bets on any aspect of Niall Horan are completely normal in Europe and are called “special bets.” For this reason, it is not unusual in Europe that there is a website called Paddy Power that is accepting bets on Niall Horan’s next girlfriend.
Who is Niall Horan most likely to date next? If you believe this website that takes bets based on the women Niall Horan is/will/or might romance, there are over 20 potential women to watch out for.
Currently, they have betting odds for Niall Horan to date one of the following women (listed in order from most likely to least likely to win Niall Horan’s heart): Melissa Anne Whitelaw, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Zoe Whelan, Kylie Jenner, Amy Green, Barbara Palvin, Louise Thompson, Gemma Styles, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora, Ariana Grande, Jade Thirwall, Jourdan Dunn, Pixie Lott, Dakota Johnson, Charlotte Crosby, Daisy Lowe, Iggy Azalea, Pippa Middleton, Lindsay Lohan, Lorde, and Rihanna.
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