If there’s a word synonymous to Emmy, that word would probably be “shocker.”
Through the years, the Emmy Awards pulled quite lots of unexpected winners like the way former reality show host Donald Trump shocked everyone when he snatched the White House seat from media darling Hillary Rodham Clinton.
To guide them through this unpredictable awards show, Bovada offers odds for those who want to gamble on the Emmys.
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Speaking of politics, pundits are all eyes on variety talk show field as two nominees are basking on the Trump bump. Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert finally managed to push out recent nominees Jimmy Fallon and Jerry Seinfeld’s shows from the Emmy category, thanks to their daily late night Trump bashing.
Bovada has given 5/2 and 5/1 odds to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Late Show with Samantha Bee, respectively. The two shows are just below the crowd favorite, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which has 4/9 odds of taking home an Emmy.
Colbert may find himself writing an Emmy history come September if lady luck smiles at him since he will be the first performer in TV Academy history to win multiple awards while also hosting the annual Emmy Award ceremony.
Also in the running for the best variety talk show are Jimmy Kimmel Live with 5/1 odds and underdogs Real Time with Bill Maher and The Late Late Show with James Corden, which have 66/1 odds of getting the award.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The comedy category, on the other hand, looks like 2016 all over again with shows like Veep, Silicon Valley, Modern Family, Master of None, and Unbreakable Kimmy returning to the award show.
Veep, a political satire produced by HBO, is likely to chalk its third Emmy award for the category since there isn’t a huge threat to end the show’s winning streak. The odds given for Veep was 1/5.
If there’s one show which could rain on Veep’s parade, then that would be Atlanta. Atlanta has won a Golden Globe for best TV comedy series and the odds of the show to pull an upset is at 3/1.
Modern Family, which once reigned in this category, Silicon Valley, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt all have 50/1 odds of bringing home the trophy. Black-ish and Master of None, on the other hand, both have 33/1 odds.
Outstanding Drama Series
With Game of Thrones failing to make this year’s list, Netflix’s Stranger Things is the clear favorite to win this category with 5/6 odds. Then again, the winner is not determined by Emmy voters and not by the viewers.
This fact gives hope to shows like Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown to pull an upset come September. Odds provided by Bovada has given The Handmaid’s tale and The Crown with 5/2 and 9/2 odds, respectively. Westworld, a new drama on HBO, is in the middle of the pack with 13/1 odds.
House of Cards is nominated again for the fifth straight year but Bovada puts the Kevin Spacey-led political drama in the cellar together with Better Call Saul, with 50/1 odds.
Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series
If there’s any consolation to Donald Glover, punters are betting that he will win the plum acting award for comedy. The Atlanta star, who also created the show, is a clear favorite in this category with 2/5 odds.
The only person who may get in between him and the acting award is Aziz Ansari from Master of None. Like Glover, Ansari stars in a show that he helped create but the odds put him in the middle of the pack of nominees with 15/1 odds.
He is behind Jeffrey Tambor of Transparent and William H. Macy of Shameless, who both have 3/1 and 7/1 odds, while ahead of Anthony Anderson of Black-ish with 30/1 odds. Zach Galifianakis, who shot to fame for his antics in The Hangover, is the underdog in this category with 50/1 odds.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, is the person to beat in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Louis-Dreyfus has won five straight years in this category and the odds of getting her sixth trophy is at 1/7.
Tracee Ellis Ross of Black-ish is the closest competition of Louis Dreyfus with 5/1 odds, followed by Lily Tomlin of Grace and Frankie with 12/1 odds; Allison Janney of Mom with 40/1; Pamela Adlon of Better Things with 50/1 odds; Jane Fonda of Grace and Frankie with 50/1 odds; and Ellie Kemper of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with 50/1 odds.
Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series
Of all the categories, the Outstanding Lead Actor category is the toughest to predict. The buzzword from critics is that Sterling Brown of This is Us is the likely winner for this category and punters seem to agree as it gets 5/8 odds.
Then there’s Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul and Anthony Hopkins, who have the potential to snatch the coveted award from Brown. Odenkirk and Hopkins have 2/1 and 5/1 odds coming to the awards night.
Kevin Spacey, known as President Frank Underwood, is in the middle of the pack with 33/1 odds, while Matthew Rhys, Milo Ventimiglia, and Live Schreiber completes the list with 40/1, 40/1, and 50/1 odds respectively.
Meanwhile, Elisabeth Moss is once again creating a buzz in the Emmys.
For many, Moss has been known as Peggy on Mad Men but critics are raving about her performance in The Handmaid’s Tale. The odds of Moss to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress has been stacked to 1/5 while her closest rival Claire Foy of the Crown was given a 5/2 odds.
Odds are not also looking good for Viola Davis, who is still chasing to duplicate his Emmy win in 2015. As of the moment, the odds for Davis to win another Emmy award for her role as a tough litigation professor in How To Get Away With Murder is at 33/1.
In this category, Robin Wright of House of Cards, Keri Russell of The Americans, and Evan Rachel Wood of WestWorld are considered to be the underdogs with 50/1 odds.