Releases Miss Universe Odds has released odds on who will win the Miss Universe competition, which will be televised live by NBC on May 30 from Bangkok, Thailand. Eight of the top ten favourites according to odds makers come from the Caribbean and the Americas, led by Renata Sone from the Dominican Republic and Cynthia Olavarria from Puerto Rico, both listed at 12-1. The US delegate, Chelsea Cooley from Charlotte, North Carolina, is a
25-1 favorite.

'The Miss Universe contest has been around for more than 50 years and continues to be one of the most watched television programs around the world,' says Alex Czajkowski, Marketing Director, 'This is the perfect event for fans to wager on - it's exciting, unpredictable and it sure is a lot of fun to watch.'

Other favourites for the crown include the representatives from Canada - Toronto's Natalie Glebova - South Africa and Venezuela all listed at 18-1, Colombia, Peru and Norway at 20-1 and Mexico at 25-1. Australia's delegate, home to reigning Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins, is at 60-1 while the hometown favorite from Thailand is listed at 40-1.

The least likely winner, according to odds makers is Miss Angola with odds at 250-1. Aside from offering odds on the eventual winner, has another interest in this year's competition. Miss Costa Rica, Johanna Fernandez, is a former employee of the online sportsbook and casino.

'We currently have her at 50-1 to win the crown, but in our hearts of course she's our favourite,' added Czajkowski. - 2005-05-25 22:37:07

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