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Paddy Power bets on PS3

Says it will sell out in 60 seconds.

Irish betting outfit Paddy Power reckons the PS3 will fly off the shelves tomorrow, making it the most successful console launch ever. The bookie expects all of the units to be sold out after just 60 seconds of shop-doors opening.

So, naturally it's offering you the chance to win some dosh and even a PS3 by guessing which launch game will be the most popular. Resistance: Fall of Man is currently the 6/4 favourite, whilst Sonic the Hedgehog is running rings around himself at 100/1.

"Betting gets very busy around the launches of new consoles," said Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power. "The PS3 is the Aston Martin of computer consoles, so as launches go it doesn't get much bigger than this!"

"Everyone will be rushing to get their hands on one, and to celebrate the launch we plan on giving a couple away to our punters!"

Eager fans were invited to queue up early at the official UK launch event at Oxford Street's Virgin Megastore in London yesterday, and by the end of the day five hopefuls stood in line. However, things are expected to get much busier tonight, and we'll be there with our microphone and camera to bring you all the hustle and bustle of an exciting night.

Just in case you were wondering, we've included Paddy Powers' odds below. Keen-eyed readers amongst you will point out that Oblivion, Double Agent and F.E.A.R. might have a hard time getting off the ground, seeing as they're not actually out tomorrow.

  • 6/4 Resistance: Fall of Man
  • 15/8 MotorStorm
  • 5/1 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • 8/1 Ridge Racer 7
  • 10/1 Call of Duty 3
  • 10/1 Formula One Championship Edition
  • 12/1 Virtua Fighter 5
  • 14/1 Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • 16/1 Virtua Tennis 3
  • 18/1 Need for Speed Carbon
  • 25/1 Def Jam: ICON
  • 33/1 Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007
  • 33/1 Tony Hawk's Project 8
  • 40/1 Mobile Suit Gundam: Target In Sight
  • 40/1 F.E.A.R.
  • 66/1 Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • 80/1 Fight Night Round 3
  • 80/1 Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
  • 100/1 Sonic the Hedgehog

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