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Emmy oddsmaker picks 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is the New Black' to win top awards

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution - gamble on it.

Emmy oddsmaker picks 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is the New Black' to win top awards

´Breaking Bad´ and ´Orange Is the New Black´ go head-to-head this Emmy season. (Photos via AMC and Netflix, respectively)
'Breaking Bad' and 'Orange Is the New Black' go head-to-head this Emmy season. (Photos via AMC and Netflix, respectively)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution - gamble on it. 

While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn't mean the odds aren't worth a glance (see full list below). 

According to Eckstein, HBO's decision to enter "True Detective" into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from "Breaking Bad," which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to "True Detective's" 5/1.

Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," meanwhile, is Eckstein's surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end "Modern Family's" four-year winning streak. ABC's defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. 

"True Detective's" entry in the drama series category could have another beneficiary: FX's "Fargo" is the clear favorite in the miniseries category, according to Eckstein, with 1/12 odds to win miniseries while the next nominee, "American Horror Story: Coven," is listed at 8/1. And without Matthew McConaughey competing for lead actor in a miniseries or movie (he's favored to win drama lead actor), gambling website Bovada lists Billy Bob Thornton as the definitive favorite for his work in "Fargo" at 2/5 over Mark Ruffalo at 3/2 for his role in "The Normal Heart."

Other tight races include the lead actress in a drama series category, with Robin Wright at 1/2 for "House of Cards" and Julianna Margulies at 3/2 for "The Good Wife," and variety series, with "The Colbert Report" at 1/2 and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at 3/2.

Odds like these are obviously subjective, coming from the basis of just one oddsmaker, and are intended for no more than a little bit of fun surrounding the awards ceremony. For more picks from Eckstein visit AmericasLine.com.

The full list of Emmy odds is below.

Drama Series 

"Breaking Bad" ; 1/5 "True Detective" ; 5/1 "House of Cards" ; 6/1 "Game of Thrones" ; 8/1 "Mad Men" ; 30/1 "Downton Abbey" ; 40/1

Comedy Series

"Orange Is the New Black" ; 3/2 "Modern Family" ; 5/2 "Veep" ; 3/1 "Louie" ; 10/1 "The Big Bang Theory" ; 15/1 "Silicon Valley" ; 30/1

Lead Actor/Drama

Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective") ; 1/2 Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") ; 5/2 Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") ; 8/1 Jeff Daniels ("Newsroom") ; 20/1 John Hamm ("Mad Men") ; 25/1 Woody Harrelson ("True Detective") ; 30/1

Lead Actress/Drama

Robin Wright ("House of Cards") ; 1/2 Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") ; 3/2 Kerry Washington ("Scandal") ; 8/1 Claire Danes ("Homeland") ; 10/1 Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex") ; 25/1 Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey") ; 30/1

Lead Actor/Comedy

Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") ; 1/2 Ricky Gervais ("Derek") ; 2/1 Louis C.K. ("Louie") ; 5/1 William H. Macy ("Shameless") ; 8/1 Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes") ; 25/1 Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") ; 25/1

Lead Actress/Comedy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") ; 1/10 Taylor Schilling ("Orange Is the New Black") ; 5/1 Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") ; 8/1 Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") ; 25/1 Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly") ; 40/1 Lena Dunham ("Girls") ; 40/1

Miniseries

"Fargo" ; 1/12 "American Horror Story: Coven" ; 8/1 "Luther" ; 20/1 "Treme" ; 25/1 "Bonnie and Clyde" ; 25/1 "The White Queen" ; 50/1

Television Movie

"The Normal Heart" ; 1/10 "Sherlock: His Last Vow" ; 10/1 "The Trip to Bountiful" ; 15/1 "Muhammed Ali's Greatest Fight" ; 20/1 "Killing Kennedy" ; 20/1

Variety Series

"The Colbert Report" ; 1/2 "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" ; 3/2 "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" ; 10/1 "Jimmy Kimmel Live" ; 15/1 "Saturday Night Live" ; 20/1 "Real Time With Bill Maher" ; 50/1

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