The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee has made its triumphant return to the world stage as middle schoolers across the country come together to compete for the title of the world’s best speller.
A historic return to normal
For those who don’t tend to keep up with the Bee, the past two years are like no other. The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an immediate cancellation of the 2020 contest.
Things looked better for 2021. Yet the multitude of continuing outbreaks resulted in a disappointing and distant series of events. And while that may not seem like a big deal, the cherished American tradition has been carried on without fail for over 75 years.
To put it into perspective, the only other time the Scripps National Spelling Bee was outright canceled was during World War II.
Many contestants have been waiting years to show off their spelling skills in front of a national audience. Some prospects have even aged out of the race.
Spelling bet lines
Nevertheless, the show goes on. And if there’s one thing we know about competitions, it’s that there are still ratings available.
Now that the Bee has returned to its former glory, a handful of lines have appeared at legal entertainment betting sites—allowing the public to join in the fun.
Number of letters in the winning word?
- More than 8.5 letters -120
- Less than 8.5 letters -120
Winning word starting with the letter AM or NZ?
These two lines focus on winning word content and can be combined for a bigger payout. Based on the history of winners from the last four shows, it seems that hitting “Under 8.5” and “Winning Word AM” would be the most likely bets to win.
In 2017, 2018 and 2021, the bee’s winning words were all less than 9 letters long and started with the characters AM. The exception in 2019 comes from having had eight winners.
Even then, four of the eight winning words in 2019 had fewer than 9 letters, and five of the eight winning words began with the characters AM.
Odds always surprise
Will the winner be a man or a woman?
Will the winner have braces?
Will the winner wear glasses?
Now these lines definitely fall into the category of weird betting odds. But, here at SBL, that makes them all the more playable.
On the official contest website, each of the remaining contestants is listed with a head shot. There is no clear ranking attached to the competitor pages, although punters can get a glimpse of what the landscape looks like.
A slight majority of contestants are male, although the 90th and 92nd Bee winners were both female.
Overall, it doesn’t seem like many contestants have suspenders or goggles, although goggles have been a popular aid and accessory for previous winners.
How to bet on the bee
The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Semi-Finals are scheduled to air tonight from 8:00-10:00 PM EST on Ion TV. You can find odds like these at most legal mobile sports betting sites.
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Chances Courtesy of BetOnline
Source: AP News, NPR