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Miss India is bookies’ hottest bet

Thursday 11 November 2004

NEW YORK: Indian beauty queen Sayali Bhagat is a hot favourite to be crowned Miss World at its 54th edition slated later this year in the tropical island of Sanya in China, according to Internet bookmakers Interpops.com.

"The world needs some spice! It will certainly have it if Sayali Bhagat becomes the jewel in India’s crown when she wins the 54th Miss World contest," the betting site said on Thursday.

"At Intertops.com, Miss India is turning out to be the hottest dish India has ever offered at 7/1," the bookmakers said, adding that other keen contestants from Brazil, Albania and Dominican Republic are demanding 9/1.

"Miss World has changed its voting procedure this year and will be a truly global contest as the whole world gets a chance to vote over an eight-day period," said Intertops.com chief operating officer Michael Maerz.

"From November 26 the voters can choose their favourite lovely via the Internet, as well as telephone and text, until the final on December 4 when it is televised globally," he said.

"It’s a great opportunity for all customers at Intertops.com. Once the voters are online they can also check the odds and make the contest all the more exciting - proving you do not have to be beautiful to win!"

The bookmakers said there were also some unfortunate "flavourless offerings" that may not make it past the first course. At the bottom of their betting menu are Miss Turks and Caicos at 100/1 and Miss Kenya at 150/1.

"But we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder!"

Incorporated in St. Johns, Antigua, Interpops.com claims to offer more than 600 betting options daily and also a full range of online casino games, fun games and multi-player poker live with real people.

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