Betting is generally associated with sportsbooks and while the sports betting industry is a major industry globally, there are plenty of other, more exciting kinds of entertainment to bet on available. You can place real bets on your favourite tv shows, awards, movies and especially politics. Chances are you have had heated arguments with friends or relatives over the outcome of a political campaign, tv show finale or awards ceremony. Now you can profit from your viewpoint by placing bets and challenging your family and friends to do the same, all from the comfort of your couch. There are many betting apps where you can place a bet on your favourite show. Popular in Europe, betting on events in the entertainment world has only recently become more commonplace in other parts of the globe. Check out the link for the new betting apps for Android and IOS and learn how to place a wager from a mobile device.
Reality TV Betting
Reality television has become a household staple in the last two decades and shows such as The Amazing Race, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, American Idol and Survivor have become hot commodities in the entertainment world. Top entertainment betting sites post odds for reality TV shows at the start of a season. These odds are updated weekly until the finale airs, with betting values decreasing as the season unfolds, so it is advisable to get your bets in early on. Some favourites amongst punters include Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, X-Factor, American Idol and, of course, the well-known Big Brother, which started the reality craze.
Movies and Series TV Shows
Popular movie franchises such as The Avengers or Star Wars have attracted mass participation in betting online platforms. Fans are able to wager on whether the main character dies or who will be cast for which role. During the hit series, Game of Thrones, fans could bet on who would ultimately survive to rule Westeros. Die-hard fans of the James Bond series could bet on whether Daniel Craig would continue in his role as the action icon or whether a new Bond would take the stage.
Everyone wants an Oscar and to feel like a star! Now you can interact during popular award shows like the Oscars, Grammys and the Golden Globes, by placing your bets. You can bet on who might win Best Actor or Best New Artist or you could bet on more fun scenarios such as the longest acceptance speech or the colour dress a particular actress would be wearing. Award show betting is the top end of entertainment bliss.
Betting on Politics
Politics can seem boring, and an arduous task to keep updated on laws, current events and candidates. Betting on politics can change that and you may want to dig into your research, to make the best bet. Whether a president will get himself impeached or what the next election outcomes will be are just some of the betting options available. With access to the internet comes access to odds and political information. Politics are discussed year-round and there is always something to bet on. Even though you might not like the candidates, there is money to be made in betting on whether they win or maybe they will be involved in a scandal or two.
There are several types of common political bets:
- Futures – These bets are often made weeks, months or even years in advance.
- Moneyline- You bet on a specific outcome, whether a candidate will win or lose
- Under/Overs – Betting around a specific number and whether the outcome will be higher or lower
- Point Spread – Betting within a specific range. As long as you are in the range, you could win.
- Props – These are some of the tougher bets to make, as they are odd and unique
Politics can be volatile, rife with scandal, ridiculous parties, poor candidates and endless speeches. So if the political arena is not your idea of entertainment, there are many other more light-hearted options to choose from. You could take an interest in spelling bees and bet on who the next national champion will be. If you are keen on science or philanthropy, you may want to wager on who will walk away with the Nobel Prize next. If you can appreciate beauty, then why not take a guess at who will reign supreme in Miss Universe?