On December 16th, the 67th annual Miss Universe pageant will be live from Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The global event will start at 7 PM ET and televised on FOX at america. Steve Harvey is back as the sponsor along with Ashley Graham and expert analysts Carson Kressley and Lu Sierra.
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This is the third time that Bangkok has hosted the Miss Universe Pageant. In 1965 and 1988, this year’s host country of Thailand won the coveted crown. They are seeking to capture the Miss Universe crown for a third period, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 list of entries has set an all-time record as contestants from 94 different countries are expected to take part in the pageant. As you can imagine, with this many contestants, the gambling field is quite large. Without further delay, let’s examine the Miss Universe betting odds, prop bets and also make some predictions.
2018 Miss Universe Prop Bets
After browsing through a few of the top online gambling sites, the following is a listing of the most popular Miss Universe prop bets courtesy of MyBookie:
How Old Will the 2018 Miss Universe Be?
Over 23.5 years old (-120)
Under 23.5 years old (-120)
The initial two Miss Universe pageants (1952-53) crowned 17-year-old winners. Since that time, all of the winners have been 18 or older. The oldest contestant to acquire was 26 years old which has been performed twice: in 1997 since Brook Lee in the USA won and in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines won.
In the 66 past competition, we have the following breakdown of ages for winning contestants:
17 years old: two times
18 years old: 15 days 19 years old: 11 times 20 years old: 12 days 21 years old: 5 times
22 years old: 8 times
23 years old: 4 instances 24 years old: 4 times 25 years old: 3 times
26 years old: 2 times
It must be noted that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was eventually dethroned. She was 24 years old and the runner-up that was 23 years old took over as Miss Universe.
As you can see, the number of contestants 23 and below to win the pageant is far more different than 24 and elderly at almost a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It was only in 1961 (the 10th pageant) that someone over 23 years older won the Miss Universe crown.
With this wager, I am really shocked the Under of 23.5 doesn’t have larger odds considering how many contestants 23 years old and below have won this pageant. If you add up each of the ages for the winners and divide by the entire number of pageants, then you receive a normal age of about 21.4 years old.
However, since 2010, there have been 4 winners who were 24 years old and above.
Considering the participants in this year’s contest, we have the following age breakdowns:
18 years old: 6 contestants
19 years old: 5 contestants
20 years old: 9 contestants
21 years old: 7 contestants
22 years old: 14 contestants
23 years old: 14 contestants
24 years old: 15 contestants
25 years old: 8 contestants
26 years old: 5 contestants
27 years old: 9 contestants
28 years old: 2 contestant
This year, we’ve 39 of the 94 contestants age 24 and above. That leaves us with 55 contestants age 23 and younger. 43 of the contests are right from the 22 to 24 age category, which will be a fantastic reason oddsmakers have the O/U in 23.5 years old. The typical age for that year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With All the data pointing towards the Under, I am actually taking the Over for this wager and here is why:
In accordance with BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are all 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 Miss Universe gambling favorites are 24 and over.
Even a couple of the other popular selections (Australia and Spain) are 24 and 27 years old.
With the average age of this season’s contestants only under 23 yrs old (22.8) and 6 of the top 7 favorites being 24 and older, I’m carrying the Over 23.5 bet at -120 for this wager.