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 in the United States. Steve Harvey is back as the sponsor along with Ashley Graham and specialist 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 catch the Miss Universe crown for a third period, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 record of entries has set an all-time record since 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 make a few predictions.
2018 Miss Universe Prop Bets
After browsing through a few of the top online betting sites, the following is a list 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)
Beneath 23.5 years old (-120)
The initial two Miss Universe pageants (1952-53) crowned 17-year-old winners. Since then, every one of the winners are 18 or older. The oldest contestant to win was 26 years old which was performed twice: in 1997 as Brook Lee from the USA won and in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines won.
From the 66 previous competition, We’ve Got the following breakdown of ages for winning contestants:
17 years old: 2 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 times 24 years old: 4 instances 25 years old: 3 times
26 years old: 2 times
It should be said that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was finally dethroned. She was 24 years old and the runner-up who 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 older at nearly a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It wasn’t until 1961 (the 10th pageant) that somebody within 23 years older won the Miss Universe crown.
For this wager, I’m really shocked the Beneath of 23.5 doesn’t have larger odds considering the number of contestants 23 years old and under have won this pageant. If you add up each of the ages for your winners and divide by the total number of pageants, then you get a normal age of roughly 21.4 years of age.
However, as 2010, there have been 4 winners who were 24 years old and over.
Looking over the participants in this year’s competition, we have the next 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 have 39 of those 94 contestants age 24 and above. That leaves us with 55 contestants age 23 and younger. 43 of those contests are right from the 22 to 24 age group, which will be a fantastic reason oddsmakers have the O/U in 23.5 years of age. The average age for this year’s contestants is 22.8 years old.
With all of the data pointing to the Under, I am actually taking the Over for this bet and here’s why:
According to BetOnline, the top five favorites are 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 most Miss Universe betting favorites are 24 and over.
Even two of the other popular selections (Australia and Spain) are 24 and 27 years old.
With the average age of this year’s contestants just under 23 yrs old (22.8) and 6 of the top seven favorites being 24 and elderly, I’m taking the Over 23.5 wager at -120 with this wager.
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