Event betting is most commonly associated with sports such as soccer, horse racing and boxing. Annual events like Cheltenham Festival and the FA Cup final attract plenty of bettors which helps add to the excitement of the occasion. However, some people may not want to bet on events if they don’t know too much about the sports they are watching. There are actually various different non-sporting events that can be bet on, let’s take a look at some of the options.
Christmas Number 1 Single
In the lead up to Christmas, there is always a huge noise made regarding the song that will take the number one spot on the charts. According to the latest Christmas number 1 odds for 2020, LadBaby is the favorite artist to take the UK spot at a price of 5/6. LadBaby has hit the number one spot in the past two years, with his songs ‘We Built This City’ and ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’, and he will be hoping to win it for a third year in a row with ‘Don’t Stop Me Eatin’. Other contenders for the Christmas 2020 number one slot include Justin Bieber at 9/4, the ICU Liberty Choir at 9/4 and Mariah Carey at 5/1 – who surprisingly has never been Christmas number one before!
The favorites don’t always win however. Back in 2009, a grassroots Facebook campaign was started for people to get Rage Against the Machine to the UK Christmas number one, in order to topple the domination of X factor contestants taking the top spot in previous years. Remarkably, the campaign was a success and Rage Against the Machine scored their first UK number one ahead of second-place Joe McElderry.
If you are a big film fan, the Oscars may be the event for you to bet on. At the 2020 Oscars, there were some epic films up for the prize of best picture, with 1917, Joker and Parasite all up for the award. Despite not being the favorite, Parasite claimed the Oscar, becoming the first foreign film to win the award – much to the dismay of then US President, Donald Trump.
The beauty of betting on the Oscars is that there is a range of different categories to choose from. If you are confident that a particular actor gave a strong enough performance, you can bet on categories such as ‘Best Leading Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
I’m a Celebrity
Reality TV shows such as X factor and Big Brother always get people talking about who they think will win, however I’m a Celebrity really grabs people’s attention. Seeing celebrities pushed to their limits through crazy trials can make for an entertaining TV, which is why it is a popular alternative event to bet on! In the 2020 version of I’m a Celebrity, Jordan North was the favorite to win. However, it was Giovanna Fletcher who ended up taking the crown.
These are just examples of the types of alternative events available to bet on, however there are plenty of other special annual events, as well as non-sporting regular events that you can find odds on.