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As online betting sites in the UK and aboard continue to make wagering
quicker and easier than ever before, more people are replacing high street
betting shops with their computers and the internet as they bet on all manner of
sporting and other events, such as the Miss World contest.

Set to be hosted on Saturday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 2009 Miss
World contest is sure to draw hundreds of millions of viewers from across the
world who are eager to see the bevy of beauties, as well as online betting fans
who are eager to capitalize on who they think will win the event.

According to top-rated online sportsbook Bet365, Miss Puerto Rico is
currently leading the way, followed by Miss Mexico and then Miss Barbados. It
seems that all of this year’s most highly backed beauties hail from or close to
the Gulf of Mexico. It will be interesting to see who is crowned the winner.

But beauties and betting aside, this year’s Miss World has not been without its
controversy or more specifically the host country. It has transpired that
although Johannesburg is cash-strapped, city officials pushed to host the
expensive event which is expected to cost taxpayers R90-million (£7.3-million).

According to reports, the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC) will foot the bill
for all Miss World staging facilities, security, food and accommodation. This
includes 65 twin rooms for the contestants, as well as 28 twin rooms and 5
suites for translators and various Miss World administrative staff.

But despite the debacle surrounding the 2009 Miss World pageant, the event is
expected to go off without a hitch as it is beamed live to over 1 billion
people. Said Miss World boss, Julia Morley, ‘South Africa has shown that it
knows how to welcome the world with warmth and pride that is hard to match.’

Miss World Betting Odds:

Miss Puerto Rico 2.75
Miss Mexico 2.87
Miss Barbados 7
Miss Scotland 11
Miss South Africa 11

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