Australians, we are assured, love to bet on pretty much everything and naturally you can plonk some dollars down on the Bachie winner – but be advised that the odds are not on the woman whom the show is positioning as the supposed favourite.
It turns out that there’s a pretty strong difference between who the contestants think is heading for Matt-love, and those that the viewers do.
This is coming out in the betting markets which do no have Elly boasting the shortest odds. In fact, you might say that the whole narrative about Elly being the favourite was an obvious misdirect by the show adhering to the rules of reality TV drama – oh, hold on, we did say exactly that!
Sportsbet‘s punters clearly disagree with the claims that Elly is the favourite to win: she (and Abbie) are on $6.50 to win while Chelsie is far and away the assumed winner on $1.30.
If you’re looking for long odds your best bet is a repeat of last season and there being no winner: that’ll pay out $51. Of course, it’d also kill the franchise so presumably they’re hoping that lightning doesn’t strike twice.
And sure, you could go for one of the rank outsiders but widely-published gossip has already suggested which of the tail-end contestants is heading to freedom next episode.
Now, before you figure it’s all over bar the shouting it’s worth pointing out that the markets – and, more accurately, the people – have gotten it wrong before.
Exhibit A: the last federal election which was assumed to be such a walkover win for Labor that some betting agencies paid out early and then presumably felt a bit silly when the Coalition comfortably won.
So sure, Elly isn’t the obvious victor in Bachie 2019 according to the odds but just on principle, who wants to bet on the favourite? No-one, that’s who.
So it’s anyone’s game! Possibly!