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 america. Steve Harvey is back as the host 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. Back in 1965 and 1988, this year’s host country of Thailand won the coveted crown. They are looking to catch the Miss Universe crown for a third time, but are facing some serious competition.
This 2018 record of entries has put an all-time record since contestants from 94 distinct countries are expected to take part in the pageant. As you can imagine, with this many contestants, the betting field is rather large. Without further delay, let’s examine the Miss Universe betting odds, prop bets and make some predictions.
2018 Miss Universe Prop Bets
After browsing through a few of the top online gambling sites, the following is a listing 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)
Under 23.5 years old (-120)
The first two Miss Universe pageants (1952-53) crowned 17-year-old winners. Since that time, all the winners have been 18 or older. The oldest contestant to win was 26 years old which was done twice: in 1997 as Brook Lee in the USA won and in 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach in the Philippines won.
From the 66 previous 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 times 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 must be said that in 2002, the first ever Russian winner was eventually dethroned. She was 24 years old and also the runner-up that 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 a lot more numerous than 24 and older at nearly a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It was only in 1961 (the 10th pageant) that somebody over 23 years older won the Miss Universe crown.
For this bet, I’m really shocked that the Under of 23.5 doesn’t have larger odds considering the number of contestants 23 years old and below have won this pageant. If you add up each the ages to your winners and divide by the total amount of pageants, you receive a normal 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 competition, we have 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 group, which will be a good 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 the data pointing towards the Beneath, I am actually taking the Over for this bet and here’s why:
In accordance with BetOnline, the top five favorites are 23 and older.
4 of the top 5 most Miss Universe gambling favorites are 24 and above.
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 carrying the Over 23.5 wager at -120 for this bet.

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