Sports betting fans get a little treat every four years when the quadrennial Games of the Olympiad are held giving sportsbook users the ability to bet on Olympic events. While most athletes compete in tournaments around the year there is something entirely different about representing your country on an international stage. Some might argue that the stakes are raised as athletes are playing out of patriotism, not monetary compensation.
Scottish Andy Murray has to believe that his Olympics betting odds have taken a turn for the better now that Swiss Roger Federer has pulled a Tiger Woods and announced he will miss the Rio Olympics – along with the remainder of the 2016 season – in order to properly and extensively rehab his torn meniscus following surgery earlier in the year. Federer’s absence should leave Murray sitting in the catbird seat as the Scotsman looks to win a second gold medal. As fans of Olympics betting might remember, and as fate would have it, Murray defeated Federer of all people in the finals of the men's singles tennis tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
If Russian athletes were to be banned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic games – as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suggested – that would considerably chance the landscape of the competition, including and not limited to sports betting. WADA has called for the ban as a result of a 103-page report from Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, who found evidence of systematic, state-supported cheating by Russia's athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics. How would the Games be affected if the International Olympic Committee heeded WADA’s recommendation? Let’s imagine an alternate reality in which Russia did not attend the 2012 London Olympics.
Rio Olympics betting is right around the corner and Team USA composed of the some of the greatest NBA players opened camp yesterday in Las Vegas and is headed to some exhibition games before the Olympics. Kevin Durant made headlines for his decision and consequently will have all eyes on him during this process with the Olympic Team. He is the face of the roster and will most likely be the most valuable player as there will be no Steph Curry and no Lebron James this time. If you are a fan of basketball and you want to bet on the Olympics you need to keep an eye on KD and his international style of play. This is set to be the summer of Kevin Durant. It’s a nice opportunity for him to get comfortable in the court with fellow Warriors Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The United States men's Olympic basketball team is as usual the online betting favorite to win the gold medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Ever since NBA players first became eligible to play in Olympic basketball in Barcelona 1992 (the original, and to many, the only Dream Team), the US has won the Olympic tournament five out of six times – only coming up short in Athens 2004 where they won the bronze and Argentina won the gold. Most recently, American basketball prevailed in London 2012 with a team that included LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Andre Iguodala, and Kevil Love – all of whom will be absent this time around.
It’s been 112 years since the last time golf was seen in the Olympics. Golf betting fans are getting excited for what’s coming… or not. They might have to see one less star on the field, perhaps the most important one, as Rory McIlroy is considering not going. It’s not because of the golf betting odds, it’s because healthcare officials are saying that the Zika virus in Brazil may turn into a “full-blown global health disaster” and it seems he rather play it safe. The 4-time championship winner moves golf betting lines easily, but this time might be the exception. Rory admits he was looking forward to the Olympics, but he is putting his future before the gold. His engagement to Erica Stoll and the possibility of starting a family is what may stop him from going. The Zika virus is linked to births defects and other conditions.
Olympic sporting events haven’t been big at sportsbooks but that could change as the Nevada Gaming Commission allowed bets to be placed on the 2016 Summer Olympics at casinos within Nevada. This could spread to many other casinos in different parts of the world as well as many online casinos.Continue Reading
Olympics betting odds may or may not favor Brazil as a competitor, but its odds as a host are shortening after a successful World Cup. Not successful in the sporting side of things; the national team failed miserably to win the trophy at home, and were humiliatingly blown to kingdom come by the mannschaft blitzkrieg, in a non-performance that only confirmed the oft-suspected fact that the Brazilian team should have been eliminated much, much earlier. Actually, it could be argued that the only reason they were there in the first place was because they were hosting the damn thing in the first place.Continue Reading
Like the World Cup, Summer Olympics occur four years apart, so you want to get some Olympics betting action two years from now when the next Olympic Games take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -only two years after the global soccer tournament. The 2016 Olympics will comprise 19 excitement-filled days starting on August 3 and ending on August 21. For the first time since Kevin Sorbo invented the games in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, a South American city will host the competition. There will be over 300 different sporting events so there will be plenty of gambling activity to be had.Continue Reading