Someone's put a whopping £200,000 bet on Donald Trump winning the US election

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One Londoner is so convinced Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the United States, he's put his money where his mouth is - all £200,000 of it.

If his ballsy prediction turns out to be correct, he stands to win almost half a million pounds (so at least one person in the UK will be happy).

Donald Trump on stage (David Zalubowski/AP)
(David Zalubowski/AP)

Perhaps surprisingly, the big figure bet is not an isolated moment of insanity - a flurry of five and six-figure bets from Britons on both candidates has led the US election to smash previous election voting records, becoming some bookies' biggest betting event.

Connor Campbell, a financial analyst at Spreadex - the company the Londoner has placed his bet with - said: "It's official, the US election is now our single biggest betting event ever and we are seeing some huge bets being placed, including one customer who has staked £200,000 on a Trump victory."

Hillary Clinton on stage (Patrick Semansky/AP)
(Patrick Semansky/AP)

William Hill said its largest bets included a London-based telephone client who staked £150,000 on Hillary Clinton becoming America's first female president, and a Durham woman who put £183,200 on Clinton in a two-part wager.

John Mappin, who owns a castle in Cornwall (of course he does), could take home £100,000 after putting 30 bets on Trump walking into the White House, and a Nottingham man staked £37,000 on the Republican to bring back the same amount.

donald trump on stage (Brennan Linsley/AP)
(Brennan Linsley/AP)

Ladbrokes estimates there to be 35 bets placed per minute as many of us stay up into the early hours of Wednesday morning - more than actual sporting events like the Euro 2016 final, the Derby or even Brexit.

So if you're staying up, perhaps it's best you don't make any rash decisions so you don't find yourself knackered AND skint by Wednesday afternoon.