Betting the ESPYs

Johnny Manziel, the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, appears to be a lock to win the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete over a field of relative unknowns. However, the most value in betting the ESPYs might be found in the Best MLB Player category. 

American Idol Betting Odds Preview

Candice Glover is favored over Kree Harrison at the sportsbooks to pay out on the American Idol betting odds this month as Season 12 of the singing competition comes to a close.


Glover is the 5/9 favorite at Bovada over the 7/5 Harrison with the finals of the show on tap for this week. A female hasn't won American Idol since Jordin Sparks back in Season 6.



Academy Awards: 2013 Oscar Odds

Lincoln has received the most Academy Awards nominations this year, but it's no longer the favorite on the Oscar odds at the sportsbooks to win the Best Picture category at the 85th edition of the ceremony on Sunday, February 24.

Lincoln scored 12 nominations and sits at 5/1 on the odds to win Best Picture at Bovada - putting it now behind Argo (1/7) but ahead of Silver Linings Playbook (25/1), Les Miserables (50/1), Life of Pi (50/1), Django Unchained (50/1), Zero Dark Thirty (66/1), Amour (100/1), and Beasts of the Southern Wild (100/1).


Sportsbooks offer new Pope odds

The Pope has quit his post for the first time since the 1400s, leaving online sportsbooks to scramble to get odds up on the next man to be elected as the leader of the Catholic church.

And at Bovada the opening favorite on the odds to be the next Pope is Marc Ouellet, who sits at 7/2 on that list. Ouellet is the head of the Congregation of Bishops, and formerly held the post of Archbishop of Quebec.


2013 Grammy Odds Hit Sportsbooks

Kelly Clarkson vs. Taylor Swift is just one of the battles on tap for this weekend as the sportsbooks offer up their odds to win the Grammys, with the annual music awards show getting underway at 9:00pm ET on CBS on Sunday night.


Kate Middleton Baby Odds

The next heir to the British throne is on its way, and the sportsbooks are already offering odds on the gender, name, hair color, and birth weight of the first child for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Both 'boy' and 'girl' are listed at -110 at Bovada for the gender of the royal couple's first child, while 'brown' is the 3/2 favorite for the baby's hair color. You can also choose 'blonde' (2/1), 'black' (7/2), and 'red' (4/1) on that prop wager at the books.


U.S. Presidential Odds: Dems Favorites

Heading into the second presidential debate of the U.S. election Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are still in the lead on the odds at the online sportsbooks, but Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have been catching up over the past few weeks.

"Obama's massive lead has slowly dwindled to a close horse race, especially after the last debate dropping from -500 to -210 going into tonight’s much anticipated debate," said Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley.


Season 15 Dancing with the Stars Odds

Emmitt Smith is the betting favorite and Pamela Anderson has already been eliminated as Dancing with the Stars offers up an All-Star edition for Season 15 of the reality competition series.

Anderson became the first of the 13 contestants eliminated this past week, leaving a dozen celebrity dancers and their professional partners left in the running for the trophy. Each participant this season has been on the show in the past.


2012 Emmy Awards Odds

Mad Men and Modern Family are the favorites on the odds to win the Emmy Awards for the top television series this Sunday night, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the 64th annual edition of the show.

Mad Men, which has 17 total nominations, is listed as the 2/1 favorite at Bovada to repeat as the Outstanding Drama Series winner on Sunday, with Downton Abbey at 14/5 to pull off the upset in its first year in this category; the PBS show won the Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie category last year.


American Idol props hit sportsbooks

With the recent departure of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez from American Idol the high-rated reality series has a couple of judges' chairs to fill for its 12th season.


With a number of famous candidates being batted around the oddsmakers at Bovada have come up with their own short list of names that could join Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest on the show for next season.



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