The Complete 2018 Miss Universe Betting Guide, Odds, Props and Preview

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 america. 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. Back in 1965 and 1988, this year’s host country of Thailand won the coveted crown. They’re looking to catch 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 since contestants from 94 different countries are expected to participate in the pageant. As you can imagine, with this many contestants, the betting field is rather large. Without further delay, let us analyze 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 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?
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. Since that time, every one of the winners have been 18 or older. The oldest contestant to acquire was 26 years old and that has been performed twice: in 1997 as Brook Lee in the USA won and in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines won.
From the 66 previous contest, We’ve Got the following breakdown of ages for winning contestants:
17 years old: two times
18 years old: 15 times 19 years old: 11 days 20 years old: 12 times 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 should be noted that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was finally dethroned. She was 24 years old and also 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 almost 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 am really shocked the Beneath of 23.5 does not have bigger odds considering how many contestants 23 years old and below have won this pageant. If you add up each the ages to the winners and divide by the entire amount of pageants, then you receive an average age of roughly 21.4 years of age.
However, since 2010, there have been 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: 2 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 the competitions are right from the 22 to 24 age category, which will be a good reason oddsmakers have the O/U at 23.5 years of age. The typical age for this year’s contestants is 22.8 years old.
With All the data pointing towards the Beneath, I’m actually taking the Over for this bet and here’s why:
According to BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are all 23 and older.
4 of the top 5 Miss Universe betting favorites are 24 and above.
Even a couple of the other popular picks (Australia and Spain) are 24 and 27 years old.
With the average age of this season’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 bet.

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