Big Brother betting: Now it's more exciting than ever
Big Brother betting has taken on a new dimension, and is potentially more rewarding, in what will be a 12-week season eight.
The introduction of new voting rules, more twists, and more outsiders entering the house TV series is sure to generate more interest, and more Big Brother bets, than ever before.
Unlike previous seasons, the ultimate decision about who is evicted is now in the housemate's hands.
Previously housemates collectively nominated three people for eviction and the TV audience then voted who to evict. This season, the TV audience nominates who they want to save, and housemates decide on which of the three who receive the least audience votes will be eliminated.
For those looking to have a Big Brother bet, the voting changes make understanding the housemate's motivations and relationships more important than ever. As Big Brother betting enthusiasts know, it's the unusual personalities, bigoted views and fiery outbursts that make the show so popular.
Another change this season sees the winner of Friday Night Games awarded additional powers to affect nominations and evictions. They can remove one nominated housemate from the bottom three on Sunday's eviction night, after which the housemate in fourth place is moved into the firing line. In awarding eviction points, the Friday Night Games winner can allocate twice as many points as other housemates and this should be reflected in the Big Brother odds.
The constant twists are what make Big Brother betting so different. In a knock-out sports competition, like the Rugby World Cup, the punter is left with no doubt about which team has been eliminated at the end of an 80-minute match and can tailor their bet for the competition's overall winner accordingly.
In Big Brother betting, on the other hand, contestants can be returned to the house, as we have seen already with 52-year-old grandma Terri. Terri was eliminated in the first 24 hours, when her Big Brother odds lengthened, but has survived voting in the house since being brought back on day seven, as minder of Australian celebrity teen brat Corey Worthington.
If that wasn't enough to spice up having a Big Brother bet, producers have also introduced a giant bed for housemates to share and a kombi van in the backyard. The big bed, mixed with the alcohol regularly delivered to the house by Big Brother, is bound to see a few contestants regretting the night before.
A "hand grenade" rule has also been introduced, allowing evicted housemates to spring nasty surprises on their worst enemy in the house. Hand grenade punishments so far have included banishment to the kombi van for Nobbi, Brigitte losing all her possessions, and housemate washing duties for Dixie.
The show and having a Big Brother bet, is as much about strategy as it is about making a good impression to the outside world, and producers have introduced a strategy room where housemates can strategise one-on-one.
Of course, like everything in the Big Brother house, the cameras are watching, and those studying Big brother odds can listen in on housemate's plans.