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 the United States. 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 next time that Bangkok has hosted the Miss Universe Pageant. In 1965 and 1988, this year’s host state of Thailand won the coveted crown. They’re 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 record as contestants from 94 distinct 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 analyze 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 betting sites, the following is a listing 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 the winners are 18 or older. The oldest contestant to acquire was 26 years old and that has been done twice: in 1997 since Brook Lee from the USA won and at 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach in 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 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 should 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 different than 24 and elderly at nearly a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It was only in 1961 (the 10th pageant) that someone within 23 years old won the Miss Universe crown.
With this bet, I’m really shocked the Under of 23.5 does not have bigger odds considering the number of contestants 23 years old and under have won this pageant. If you add up all the ages to your winners and divide by the entire amount of pageants, then you receive an average age of roughly 21.4 years old.
However, as 2010, there were 4 winners who were 24 years old and above.
Looking over the participants in this year’s competition, We’ve Got 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 the 94 contestants age 24 and above. That leaves us with 55 contestants age 23 and younger. 43 of the competitions are right from the 22 to 24 age category, which is a fantastic reason oddsmakers have the O/U at 23.5 years old. The typical age for this year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With all of the data pointing towards the Beneath, I am actually taking the Over for this bet and here’s why:
According to BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are all 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 Miss Universe gambling favorites are 24 and over.
Even two of the other popular picks (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 seven favorites being 24 and elderly, I’m taking the Over 23.5 wager at -120 with this bet.

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