Czech political rivals bet $421,000 over Internet betting

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 11:18 AM

PRAGUE (AP) — The stakes are running high on the Czech politician scene in a bet between two bitter rivals.

Finance Minister Andrej Babis and his predecessor Miroslav Kalousek usually use strong words in their comments about one another but they took their rivalry to a whole new level on Wednesday.

In a Parliamentary committee debate over the 2016 budget, Kalousek, who is from the conservative TOP 09 party, bet 10 million koruna ($421,000) that Babis' allegation that Kalousek was investigated by police over his 2008 decision to allow betting on the Internet was not true.

Babis, who leads the centrist ANO movement and is one of the country's richest men, accepted that bet.

Both men confirmed their bet to Czech public television, claiming both they're in a position to win.