RJ Bell offers a glimpse into the future of the betting industry and how anything that has an outcome can be bet upon
Bell also revealed how the person you predict to win and the person who deserves to win may not be the same thing, especially when it came to the Oscars
With February just beginning, fans and viewers cannot wait for the 24th of the month so they can watch the 91st Academy Awards. While the nominations for The Oscars were recently revealed, but there are still a few more days to go before fans get to see if the film or star they are rooting for wins.
While we wait for the award ceremony, we can't help but make assumptions and predict who might win. MEAWW recently got in touch with RJ Bell, who is well known for offering the Vegas perspective in translating odds and predictions and is the lead oddsmaker for the Associated Press to find out who people have put their money on this year.
Twitter had a pop-up video studio on Radio Row in Atlanta, and they invited me to make a fun Super Bowl Week GIF ... (fortunately I travel deeply rolled) pic.twitter.com/8EB5HsKqGy— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) February 3, 2019
Starting off by revealing that most of Las Vegas has put their money on Alfonso Cuarón, who is nominated for Best Director for the film 'Roma', he said, "The biggest favor and the money is heavy on Cuarón and the odds of him winning are well over 80%. So, if I had to say, what is the one sure thing this year? It would be Cuarón for best director."
Bell also revealed how the person you predict to win and the person who deserves to win may not be the same thing.
"Not because just the deserving, I guess there are actually three levels to that. So predicting who's going to win is driven by me looking at the odds and handicapping the selection process. And as you saw in one of my answers, with some of that macro political issues and how things are trending, there's all kind of facts. So we're handicapping the landscape. When it comes to who should win I think that's a situation where it's a purely artistic and as we know it is subjective. So, I may think that Bradley Cooper who I think made the best movie of the year, 'A Star is Born', should win. I think it's the greatest artistic achievement this year but the landscape tells me that 'Roma' is more likely to win it."
The betting industry is currently a growing one. So when we asked Bell if he thinks that there is a platform where sports and entertainment can come together, he revealed, "I think for sure. Because the thing about sports is at its core there's a competition and somebody wins. Somebody wins as a team when it comes to a team sport. Same with The Oscars, There's a competition and somebody wins. Even in entertainment, Grammys is the same thing. Now, what are the factors that lead to winning? Those are different but just like how it's different between basketball and football."
"The factors are alone different. Same is between the Oscars and sports or even the Oscars and Grammy's," added Bell.
Continuing he said, "Now, what's the next level of this? The next level is, hey who's going to win this reality show, right? The next level is when will this couple get married and what will the name of the royal baby be and so on. People are interested in anything that has an outcome and that can be bet on. I think as betting and odds become more and more prevalent, you're going to see the entertainment industry get much more attention."