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02/27/2013 03:02 pm ET Updated Feb 28, 2013

Oscar 2013 Betting Recap: 'It Was A Really Poor Year'

It's still not possible to bet on the Oscars in Las Vegas, but for people looking to make a buck last weekend, the internet was open for business.

The Huffington Post checked in with UK-based gambler's stalwart Ladbrooks for a read on how those betting fared. A spokeswoman gave us the verbal equivalent of two thumbs down.

"It wasn't the best year, if I'm being honest. In fact, it was a really poor year. There weren't any punters making millions or anything like that."

She faulted the show's scheduling after the Golden Globes and the Baftas as the reason for "really short prices." To make a single buck off Daniel Day Lewis, for instance, a shoo-in for Best Actor after sweeping the circuit, a gambler needed to risk $50. Even the darker horses, such as Ang Lee, for example, who foiled most expectations by beating Steven Spielberg for Best Director, brought only a £9000, or $20,000, total payout for those who gambled on him.

The American site Bovada.lv turned in a glowing review of the night, making 20 percent more money on the Oscars this year than in 2012, the site's sports book manager Kevin Bradley told the Huffington Post by email. "Despite Argo being a huge favorite, we took a lot of late money on "Lincoln" for Best Picture at 4 to 1 odds, as well as Spielberg for best Director once his odds dropped. Even though 13 of the 15 favorites won in the categories we offered, we ended up having a winning Oscars night at the book."

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