On December 16th, the 67th annual Miss Universe pageant will be live from Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The worldwide event will start at 7 PM ET and televised on FOX at 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 next 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 time, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 record of entries has set an all time listing 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 rather large. Without further delay, let’s examine the Miss Universe betting odds, prop bets and also make a few predictions.
2018 Miss Universe Prop Bets
After browsing through some of the top online gambling sites, the following is a list of the most popular Miss Universe prop bets courtesy of MyBookie:
How Old Can 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. Ever since then, every one the winners are 18 or older. The oldest contestant to win was 26 years old which has been done twice: in 1997 since 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: 2 times
18 years old: 15 days 19 years old: 11 days 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: 2 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 who was 23 years old took over as Miss Universe.
As you can see, the amount of contestants 23 and below to win the pageant is a lot more numerous than 24 and elderly at nearly a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It wasn’t until 1961 (the 10th pageant) that somebody over 23 years older won the Miss Universe crown.
For this bet, I’m really shocked that the Beneath of 23.5 does not have larger odds considering how many contestants 23 years old and under have won this pageant. If you add up all of the ages to your winners and divide by the total number of pageants, you get an average age of about 21.4 years of age.
But since 2010, there have been 4 winners that were 24 years old and over.
Looking over 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: 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 competitions are right in the 22 to 24 age category, which will be a good reason why oddsmakers have the O/U in 23.5 years old. The average age for that year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With all of the data pointing to the Under, I’m really taking the Over with this wager and here is why:
According to BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 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 7 favorites being 24 and elderly, I’m carrying the Over 23.5 bet at -120 with this bet.
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