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Scottish Independence Odds Cut by Bookmakers After TV Debate

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s two largest bookmakers cut the odds for Scotland voting for independence after nationalist leader Alex Salmond prevailed in a televised debate with No campaign head Alistair Darling.

William Hill Plc put the chances of a “yes” vote at 4-1, meaning a bet of one pound would win four pounds plus the return of the stake. The odds previously had lengthened to 9-2. A bet on voters rejecting independence gets 1-7.

Ladbrokes Plc also reduced the odds for a “yes” vote by the same margin, though with a “no” outcome now at 1-6, according to the company’s website.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Rodney Jefferson in Edinburgh at r.jefferson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tony Barrett at tbarrett4@bloomberg.net

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