Bookmakers in a Turtle Mess And Prepare to Shell Out

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As "The Great Turtle Race" begins to heat up, one female leatherback's "turtle power" has left internet bookmakers http://www.partybets.com 'turtley shell-shocked.'

It definitely looks as though we will be shelling out to savvy users who got their money on the turtle with a real sting in her tail.

As "The Great Turtle Race" begins to heat up, one female leatherback's "turtle power" has left internet bookmakers http://www.partybets.com 'turtley shell-shocked.'

Early favourite Stephanie Corburtle's odds to win the race were quickly slashed from 6/1 to 3/1 within an hour of the market being offered. This, however, did not deter punters who continued to pile on the cash until the company stopped taking wagers on the race two days later.

A PartyBets.com spokesman said: "This market is a 'turtle' mess for us now. Stephanie Corburtle has been backed off of the boards. This female leatherback is so superior to the rest of the field; she would probably have time to divert off the course to Manhattan for a pizza break and still come back to win the race. "

"It definitely looks as though we will be shelling out to savvy users who got their money on the turtle with a real sting in her tail."

The race is being held to highlight the plight of the world's largest turtles and sees tracking devices attached to 11 female leatherback turtles to monitor them as they take their annual journey from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is organized and sponsored by a variety of organizations and promotes a serious message. It is said that the female leatherback turtle population has shrunk from an estimated 115,000 in 1980 to around 43,000 today.

PartyBets.com is a popular member of PartyGaming Plc's growing suite of online products that includes PartyPoker.com, PartyCasino.com, PartyBingo.com, PartyGammon.com, Gamebookers.com and EmpirePoker.com.

To see the race go to http://www.greatturtlerace.com/

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