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Where Can You Bet on Reality TV Shows?

May 11, 2018 9:00 am Published by

TV BettingAs the nights lengthen and the winter chill begins to settle across the land, it’s becomes more and more tempting to pull the curtains, turn up the central heating and snuggle down onto the sofa and catch up with some top quality TV.

That glowing rectangle in the corner of the room is a constant companion after all, and a great many of us derive not just entertainment from our TV screens – we are drawn into the stories and emotions of the antics of our favorite characters, both real and fictional.

At the same time, how many of us don’t pride themselves on outguessing the TV producers and writers? Whether this is correctly identifying the winner of a reality TV series in the very first episode, or seeing the plot twist of popular drama coming three episodes before it arrives.

If you find that you have this skill, then you may as well make some money out of it, right?

There exists a number of fun markets across both reality and fictional TV programs, so no matter what your taste there will likely be a market just for you.

Where to Bet on TV Shows

Which TV Shows Can You Bet On?

Here are some most popular ones out there, as we take a look at the ways to make TV work for you:

X Factor

X FactorPerhaps the very definition of reality TV, it this program that will often jump straight into peoples minds when they hear the words “Reality TV.”

Just as vital viewing today as it was when it debuted in 2004, The X Factor remains one of the most popular programs on British TV. Judges have come and gone, the format has gone through several tweaks and even a few major changes – but the basic premise has remained constant since the very beginning.

That being said, it is not enough to simply be the best singer of you are looking to win this show – the eventual winner almost always also displays that elusive “X-Factor” alluded to in the show’s title.
What that is exactly, well it’s difficult to really nail down! However, if you have the gift of picking x-factors winner that can be a lucrative skill!

Typically, there are two main betting markets for X-Factor:

  • Winner
  • Winning Judge

Strictly Come Dancing

StrictlyNot many shows survive the loss of their main presenter, and when ill health forced the retirement of the ever popular, national treasure Bruce Forsyth many fans of the popular dancing show feared the worst.
Luckily, Claudia Winklman and Tess Daly have forged a popular partnership, under who’s stewardship the series has gone from strength to strength.

Prepare to feel old as I reveal that the show has just started it’s 15th series! That time has certainly flown!

Typical markets offered for betting on Strictly:

  • Overall Winner
  • Top Male
  • Top Female

Game of Thrones

Game Of ThronesHas any drama made such an impact in recent years as Game of Thrones? There is a strong case to be made that this in fact one of the most popular shows currently airing on television today, with millions tuning in every week.

It has also proven to be a very popular show amongst the betting markets, with wagers each season on major plot points.

Today however, as the world eagerly awaits the culmination of the series in 2018, there is only one question that we all want answered – and therefore just the one main betting market that is attracting the most backers:

  • Who will end up on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros?

Even with the notorious high body count of the series, there still remain a vast number of contenders to end the series perched atop the Iron Throne – everyone from Jon Snow all the way to Ed Sheeran.

Britain’s Got Talent

Britain's Got TalentAnother reality TV staple, and another brainchild of Simon Cowell. Entering it’s century year in 2017, the show is widely credited as the most successful of all TV reality talent judging shows episodes, especially the final, becoming essential, must see TV, and still commanding audiences well above 10 million.

There is generally only one market with BGT:

  • Winner

Yes, in this show it’s all about the winner, and if you can pick them out of the lineup early, you can often get excellent odds too.

Eurovision

Eurovision Song ContestIs it rigged? No, that’s not a market that’s offered, but if it was it would probably get quite an even spread of betting!

Whilst it seems extremely unlikely that the contest is rigged, there can be no doubt that a considerable amount of tactical voting goes on, and that blocks of countries tend to stick together. This can make selecting the winner a harder task than you may think in a singing competition – especially as you often need to take into account regional relationships and geo-politics!

You certainly don’t have to do that with the X-Factor.

  • Country to win
  • UK Points Total

These represent the two most popular markets. The UK has certainly improved its standing in recent years – especially after the embarrassment of receiving the dreaded “nil points” in the 2003 competition.

Apprentice

The Apprentice“Lord Sugar’s search of his Apprentice, continues.” So ends most episodes of the long running business reality show, with the exception of the first and last episodes of each series.
Whilst the earlier episodes are often characterized by ham fisted bumbling and delicious boardroom backstabbing, from around episode 5 the search becomes somewhat real. By this stage, you should know enough about the various contestants to have an idea of who is a contender – and who is boardroom cannon fodder.

Just the one main market here, but really it’s all that you need…

  • Named Lord Sugar’s Apprentice

Masterchef

MasterchefThis long running show, beloved of foodies across the nation, actually started way back in 1990, running for ten series until cancellation in 2001.

It is the revamped series that most of us are familiar with today, with Greg Wallace and John Torode installed as permanent judges since the re-launch in 2005.

  • Winner

Again, the main betting market here is an outright winner, however it can be a hard competition to call! Many chefs, amateur and professional, have wilted in the Masterchef kitchen over the years, with some chefs simply collapsing under the pressure like a poorly risen soufflé.