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Most betting companies now offer many TV, speciality and novelty markets. On the whole, these will see the public engage with events and television programmes they might not usually take an interest in, with anything from Dancing on Ice to The Oscars, the next General Election to Miss World all attracting punters’ money. It also gives the opportunity for those of you who already have an interest in television and specialties to make them more exciting with a good old-fashioned wager.
Most of the markets offered when it comes to TV betting are concerned with the reality sector, since this is where you will often find contestants competing against each other. Moreover, with X-Factor betting and shows like Britain’s Got Talent, bookmakers such as Betfair will offer markets on, for example, who is going to be the next judge. Essentially, though, betting here is kept relatively simple; who will win, who will go out next and similar such markets. All the large bookies such as bet365 and Paddy Power have got in on X-Factor betting in recent years, adding to the excitement for much of the show’s considerable fan base.
For those of you who are looking for more variety when it comes to TV betting markets, it’s worth noting that there’s a decent range of options offered on sports novelties. Markets such as who will be carrying the Olympic flame, what will be an Olympic sport by 2020 and Sports Personality of the Year are all much larger than you might think.
And there are yet more speciality areas that bookmakers price up. Some of the most popular are Miss World, FHM’s Sexiest Woman Alive competition and other beauty pageants. Elsewhere, the larger betting websites such as Ladbrokes also offer markets on the National Lottery. Here you can bet on which ball you think will be drawn first, the colour of that ball, whether a ball will be odd or even, and the highest ball drawn.
Prediction of political election outcomes, who will be the next pope, which country will next enter a recession – if there is an event to engage with or a TV show with any level of competition, bookmakers are likely to offer a price on it.
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