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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Punters gamble 5m on Big Brother
Pete Bennett
Pete has been the runaway favourite to win the series
More than 5m has been gambled on this year's Big Brother, bookmaker Ladbrokes has said.

The amount - across the whole industry - means that bets totalling more than 56,179 have been placed every 24 hours on the Channel 4 reality show.

Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said: "This series of Big Brother has smashed all records."

Pete Bennett is odds-on favourite to win the show at 1/5, with Glyn Wise at 8/1 and Nikki Grahame at 20/1.

Pete's odds to win the 100,000 prize money have slightly lengthened from 1/6, while Nikki, who was voted back into the house last week, has seen her odds drift from 12/1.

The couple began a relationship after she came back into the show on Friday.

Mr Weinberg said: "Both Pete and Nikki seem to be suffering as a result of their lovey-dovey antics.

"Pete has got plenty to play with and is still the nailed-on favourite, but Nikki's drifting like an unmanned barge. She could easily fall at the first hurdle."

The other housemates to contest the final will be Richard Newman, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace and Jennie Corner.

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