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 start 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 state of Thailand won the coveted crown. They are seeking to capture the Miss Universe crown for a third period, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 list of entries has put an all-time record as 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 us examine 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 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 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 was 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’ve Got the following breakdown of ages for winning contestants:
17 years old: two times
18 years old: 15 days 19 years old: 11 times 20 years old: 12 times 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 noted that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was eventually 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 number of contestants 23 and under to win the pageant is far 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 someone over 23 years old won the Miss Universe crown.
With this bet, I am really shocked that the Beneath of 23.5 does not have larger odds considering how many contestants 23 years old and below have won this pageant. If you add up all the ages to your winners and divide by the total number of pageants, you receive an average age of about 21.4 years old.
However, as 2010, there were 4 winners that were 24 years old and above.
Considering the participants in this year’s contest, 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: two 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 in the 22 to 24 age group, which will be a good reason why oddsmakers have the O/U in 23.5 years of age. The average age for that year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With All the data pointing towards the Beneath, I am really taking the Over with this wager and here’s why:
According to BetOnline, the top 5 favorites are all 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 most Miss Universe gambling 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 only under 23 yrs old (22.8) and 6 of the top 7 favorites being 24 and older, I am carrying the Over 23.5 bet at -120 for this wager.

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