On December 16th, the 67th annual Miss Universe pageant will be live from Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The global event will start at 7 PM ET and televised on FOX at the United States. 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 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’re looking to capture 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 different countries are expected to take part in the pageant. As you can imagine, with this many contestants, the betting field is quite large. Without further delay, let us analyze the Miss Universe betting odds, prop bets and also make some predictions.
2018 Miss Universe Prop Bets
After browsing through some 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?
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. Ever since then, every one the winners are 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.
In the 66 past competition, 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 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 eventually 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 almost a 6-to-1 ratio (57 to 9). It was only in 1961 (the 10th pageant) that someone within 23 years older won the Miss Universe crown.
With this bet, I’m really shocked the Under of 23.5 doesn’t have bigger odds considering how many contestants 23 years old and under have won this pageant. If you add up all the ages to the winners and divide by the total number of pageants, then you receive a normal age of about 21.4 years old.
However, as 2010, there have been 4 winners who were 24 years old and over.
Considering the participants in this year’s contest, 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: two contestant
This year, we’ve 39 of the 94 contestants age 24 and over. 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 oddsmakers have the O/U at 23.5 years old. The typical age for that year’s contestants is 22.8 years of age.
With All the data pointing to the Under, I’m really taking the Over with this bet and here is why:
In accordance with BetOnline, the top five favorites are all 23 and elderly.
4 of the top 5 most Miss Universe gambling 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 year’s contestants just under 23 yrs old (22.8) and 6 of the top seven favorites being 24 and older, I’m carrying the Over 23.5 bet at -120 with this wager.