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2008 Miss Universe Odds: Miss Venezuela favorite to win

2008 Miss Universe Odds: Miss Venezuela favorite to win On Sunday is the 57th edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant and while the contestants are preparing for one of the biggest pageants the odds makers are gearing up for another round of entertainment betting. The 2008 Miss Universe will be held in Nha Trang, Vietnam on July 14th, 2008 and folks in the USA can watch it on NBC. A new Miss Universe crown will be unveiled in 2008, but other than that, the show will go on without any major changes. Interesting to note here is that France, Russia and Spain will be represented at the 2008 Miss Universe by contestants other than the country winners. Miss France, Valérie Bègue, was banned after suggestive photos of her appeared in the media shortly after she was crowned. Miss Russia, Ksenia Sukhinova, withdrew to dedicate more time to her studies and Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, turned out she could not meet the age requirements and was disqualified.

 For the 2008 Miss Universe we have four favorite contestants at the online sportsbook Bookmaker, but even they offer a great payout. The ultimate Miss Universe favorite is Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza. She is listed with odds +625 at Bookmaker, which means that the bookie will pay out 625 on every 100 wagered, is Miss Venezuela wins the 2008 Miss Universe. Miss Puerto Rico, Ingrid Marie Rivera, comes second by odds with payout of +750. Miss Panama Carolina Dementiev and Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, are both at third spot on the betting sheets with odds to win 2008 Miss Universe at +900. Underdog of this year's Miss Universe is Miss Tanzania with odds to win at +9000. We will profile the top favorites for the 2008 Miss Universe in a separate piece, but one thing you should keep in mind if you are new to the pageant betting - the last year's Miss Universe, Riyo Mori from Japan, was listed with odds 150/1 to win (or +1500). yes, it's that unpredictable.

 Published on 07/08/2008

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