From guessing whether Victoria will have a white Christmas to which hospital will deliver the first baby of 2023, it seems as though anything can be bet on these days.
This year, online gambling website PlayNow.com has launched a new wager.
Bettors can wager on which BC hospital will deliver the first baby in the new year.
Last year, Victoria General Hospital welcomed the first baby of the year, a 6-pound, 6-ounce baby boy at 12:04 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
This year’s odds are in favour of BC Women’s Hospital (3.50) as it is currently one of the busiest maternity care centres in the province and it welcomed the first bundle of joy in 2021.
Other betting favourites include Surrey Memorial (5.00), which last delivered the first baby of the New Year in 2018, and New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital (8.00).
Other odds to bet on include Victoria General Hospital (11.00), Kelowna General Hospital (18.00) and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops (28.00) are also in the running.
Betting on which of BC’s 23 hospitals will welcome the first baby of 2023 will be available on PlayNow.com until 6 a.m. on December 31st.
According to recent statistics, the number of babies born in BC were down in 2022 with 37,801 being delivered between January 1st to December 8th. In 2021, the province saw 44,073 babies born.
Are you willing to put money down on BC’s first baby? Let us know!