You can bet on anything these days. Of course, we might be more used to betting on Football, horse racing and tennis, but the likes of Britain’s Got Talent, Eurovision and even the next Prime Minister is open to a punt.
Betting on politics and entertainment is increasing in popularity, with the likes of Brexit and talent shows hitting the headlines almost every day.
For those new to betting it’s an incredibly appealing market, particularly for those not necessarily interested in sport.
What Is Entertainment & Politics Betting?
Betting on entertainment and politics is done in essentially the same way as you would betting on sport.
Many online bookmakers offer a range of markets in which you place a bet on the outcome of an event occurring.
If the outcome of the event occurs then you win the bet. If it doesn’t, your bet loses.
For example, if you were to bet on Eurovision and you wanted to back Sweden at 14/1, in order for you to win, Sweden would have to win the most points in the competition.
It really is that simple. Some bets could be more long term markets, such as Next Prime Minister, which you’d be required to wait until the next General Election before you saw a payout.
Politics & Entertainment Betting Markets
There are dozens of markets playable across all forms of entertainment and politics. You’ll usually find them in either the Novelty Betting section or TV Specials, dependent on the bookmaker, while many will have a dedicated Politics section.
Below you’ll find some of the more common markets found across politics and entertainment…
Most bookmakers will offer odds on Eurovision when the competition comes round.
The likes of Paddy Power are particularly good when it comes to Eurovision markets, with the ability to bet on the outright winner of the competition as well as bets on how many points the UK will receive, for example.
TV Talent Shows
You’ll be able to bet on a large range of TV talent shows, with a range of markets available. Most frequently that will be the outright winner.
However, you’ll also be able to bet on markets such as next contestant to be voted off and other novelty markets.
TV talent shows in which you can bet on include:
- Britain’s Got Talent
- The Voice
- Strictly Come Dancing
- Big Brother
During the months at the beginning of the year you’ll also find a number of bookmakers offering odds on the major award ceremonies.
The Oscars and Golden Globes are always worth a bet on for Best Picture, while you’ll find Best Actress and Actor markets also available to wager on.
Outside of movies, music award ceremonies such as the Brit Awards and Grammys can also be bet on, while in Britain Sports Personality of the Year is available to bet on all year round.
Next James Bond
Over the next year the Next James Bond market will be really hotting up, with Daniel Craig expected to stand down following the next movie.
William Hill offer this market, while you’ll also regularly find betting markets on the likes of Next Dr Who.
Christmas Number 1
In terms of entertainment, Christmas number 1 is one of the most hotly contested chart position in year and during December most bookies will allow you to bet on the artist you believe will be number one.
Next Prime Minister
In politics, the Next Prime Minister is the most popular market, and given the nature of politics is always available to place a bet on. In this instance, next Prime Minister means permanently rather than in a temporary position.
Year Prime Minister Will be Replaced
You can also bet on which year the Prime Minister will be replaced. To win you simply need to select the right year.
United States President Odds
There are a number of bets you can place surrounding the US President, with odds available on markets such as:
- Next US President
- Year Trump Will Be Impeached
- Will Trump Resign
- Next Democratic Candidate
- Next Republican Candidate
And much, much more.
Where To Place Politics & Entertainment Bets
Most bookmakers will offer novelty, entertainment and politics markets to be on. The major players are often the best to play with, with Paddy Power having a particularly expansive market.
However, the likes of BetVictor, William Hill and Betfair all have brilliant markets too.
Head to our Bookmakers Page where you’ll find our favourite places to play, along with reviews and the best free bets, perfect for playing the entertainment and politics markets.