On December 16th, the 67th annual Miss Universe pageant will be live from Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The worldwide event will begin at 7 PM ET and televised on FOX at america. Steve Harvey is back as the sponsor combined 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 looking to capture the Miss Universe crown for a third time, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 list of entries has set an all time listing since contestants from 94 distinct countries are expected to take part in the pageant. As you can imagine, with this many contestants, the betting field is quite large. Without further delay, let us analyze the Miss Universe betting odds, prop bets and 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?
More than 23.5 years old (-120)
Under 23.5 years old (-120)
The first two Miss Universe pageants (1952-53) crowned 17-year-old winners. Ever since then, all the winners are 18 or older. The oldest contestant to acquire was 26 years old and that was done twice: in 1997 as Brook Lee from the USA won and in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines won.
From the 66 past contest, we have the following breakdown of ages for winning contestants:
17 years old: two times
18 years old: 15 times 19 years old: 11 times 20 years old: 12 days 21 years old: 5 times
22 years old: 8 times
23 years old: 4 times 24 years old: 4 times 25 years old: 3 times
26 years old: two times
It must be said that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was finally 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 amount of contestants 23 and under to win the pageant is far more numerous than 24 and elderly at almost a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It wasn’t until 1961 (the 10th pageant) that someone within 23 years old won the Miss Universe crown.
With this bet, I am really shocked the Under of 23.5 does not have larger odds considering the number of contestants 23 years old and below have won this pageant. If you add up each of the ages for your winners and divide by the total number of pageants, you receive a normal age of roughly 21.4 years of age.
However, since 2010, there were 4 winners that were 24 years old and above.
Considering the participants in this year’s contest, We’ve Got 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: two contestant
This year, we’ve 39 of those 94 contestants age 24 and over. That leaves us with 55 contestants age 23 and younger. 43 of those competitions are right in the 22 to 24 age category, which will be a good reason oddsmakers have the O/U at 23.5 years old. The average age for that year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With All the data pointing towards the Under, I am really taking the Over with this wager and here’s why:
In accordance with BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are 23 and older.
4 of the top 5 most Miss Universe gambling favorites are 24 and over.
Even a couple of the other popular picks (Australia and Spain) are 24 and 27 years old.
With the average age of this year’s contestants only under 23 yrs old (22.8) and 6 of the top seven favorites being 24 and older, I’m taking the Over 23.5 wager at -120 for this bet.
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