Australia Leads Miss Universe Betting OddsPublished August 23, 2009 by OCR Editor
Aussie Rachael Finch has proved very popular leading up to Sunday night's contest.
Most of the money has been pouring in for the Australian contender in the lead-up to Sunday night's Miss Universe Pageant in the Bahamas.
Miss Australia Rachael Finch has been backed in to steady favoritism after starting at odds of around 16/1 at most bookmakers.
She is now 9/4 at Paddy Power, 6/4 at Bet365, and no longer than 7/1 at all other bookmakers. Finch's main competitors are Miss Czech Republic Iveta Lutovska and Miss Ireland Diana Donnelly, who are both hovering at around 10/1 at most bookmakers.
Finch is aiming to become the third Aussie to win the pageant, which would put her country in elite company with the United States (7), Venezuela (5), Puerto Rico (4), and Sweden (3) as the only countries to have claimed the title on at least three occasions.
The United States appears set to be on the outside come Sunday, with Miss USA Kristen Dalton slipping from early favoritism to a mark of 20/1 at both Paddy Power and Bet 365. Miss Great Britain is even further adrift, given odds of 80/1 at most bookmakers, while Miss China is hovering around the 200/1 mark.
The 57th annual Miss Universe pageant will take place Sunday night at the Atlantis Casino's Imperial Ballroom in the Bahamas.
Being hosted this year by Billy Bush and Claudia Jordan, the show includes two stages: the evening gown round, when the judges will cut the field down to their top 10, and the swimsuit round, when the judges will make their final decisions.
We leave you off with a photo of last year's Miss Australia. Good luck ladies!