How to bet on Reality TV shows (X Factor, Big Brother, …), Awards (Oscars, …), Elections
You will have already, or at least you are to soon likely find out that your online bookmaker isn’t just limiting their sportsbook
to well, sports betting markets. There is more variety up for grabs
beyond the sports markets, because pretty much everything from the
weather to movie stars, to global events and political markets can be
be bet on. These non-sports betting markets all fall under the category of novelty betting which has become hugely popular.
Reality TV Betting
One of the biggest novelty betting markets is Reality TV betting. These wagers are highly popular because of the amount of hype generated by the media
and, of course, the voyeuristic principal. Everyone will be able to
associate with someone on a reality TV show and that is what producers
bank on. People like watching people, like getting engaged in the human
behaviour unfolding in front of them and that drives punters to having
a bet on who will win reality TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Big Brother.
From TV to movies, you can find actual novelty bets on the the big movie releases. The Star Wars, Batman, Jurassic Park and James Bond franchises in
particular are among the most popular movie betting markets around. You
can bet on anything from character deaths, to a famous line being said,
to the next actor to play a main role (such as the Next James Bond) to
who will perform a theme song. It’s a pretty active novelty betting
area in which to look.
With the Royal Family always in the public spotlight,
a couple of novelty betting areas which have been in focus so much is
the birth of royal babies. The name, gender, weight and even hair
colour markets on the next royal baby markets have gone crazy. You can
also find markets for Royal engagements and less common events like
If you stopped and looked you would be amazed at how many awards there are across the course of a calendar year. There are some major events such as the Oscars,
which opens a huge wealth of markets from Actors, to Directors to Music
and everything in between from the silver screen. The EMMY’s are a
popular betting awards market and you can dig around and find awards betting on the Man Booker Prize,
the Nobel Peace Prize and going back to sports you have a wager on the
Sports Personality of the Year. Don’t forget about the awards that are
handed out in sports too, such as the PFA Player of the Year in
football. If there is an award being handed out, you can likely bet on
In between the actual General Elections, political betting never seems to stop. Of
course when it comes to major events like a General Election or the US
Presidential race then you are going to find more markets available
such as the number of seats to be won by a party, or the majority a
party wins by. But there are constituency races which happen also and referendum votes that also attract betting
attention during the years between the big polls. World politics is
another area in which you can find politics betting to enjoy and other
aspects such as party leadership races.
Novelty Betting Advice
Even though these are fun markets, don’t treat them as fun. There’s no
point throwing money at something which is unlikely to happen just because it may tickle your personal fancy. Put your own personal opinions out of the picture and try to gather as much information as possible
from the internet about what is likely to happen. Try to gauge whether
a certain rumour is true, and don’t be panicked into backing an option
who has just been shortened by a long way all of a sudden. Give it a
day or so and then see if they start drifting as the rumours fall away.
If that happens, the rumour probably wasn’t true.