Intrade shot to popularity during the 2008 presidential election when it correctly predicted a win for President Obama. The site also allowed users to place wagers on commodity prices, Oscar races and whether or not the economy would slip into an official recession. The “big idea” was that the predictive power of a market’s collective intelligence was greater than that of any individual. The reality was that Intrade was a routine gambling market operating without U.S. oversight.
None of which matters much to the masses in the U.S., who are hardly wanting for ways to place wagers. What brings the story home is the drive to legalize online wagering sponsored by more traditional casinos.
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