It may seem like the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are far away, but there are only 165 days to go, which works out to about 5 and a half months. It may seem early to start betting on the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t yet possible. Many online sportsbooks already have various lines available for you to bet on the Olympics this far in advance. Let’s take a look at some of the current Olympics betting lines.
Total Gold Medals Won
Sportsbook 5Dimes.com has over/under’s available on the number of gold medals that various countries will win. For example, the USA over/under is set at 38.5 gold medals, China is set at 36.5 and Russia rounds out the third most highest gold medal count at over/under 25.5. It is somewhat surprising that China is only set at 36.5 considering they won 51 gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but oddsmakers may be adding a home advantage of sorts to that staggering amount, especially considering that Canada also won the most gold medals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.
The other countries you can wager on are the following:
- Great Britain over/under 21.5
- Germany over/under 15.5
- Australian over/under 14.5
- France over/under 11.5
- South Korea over/under 10.5
- Japan over/under 9.5
- Italy over/under 9.5
Bet365 Olympics Betting Options
Of all of our recommended online sportsbooks Bet365 has by far the most Summer Olympics betting options available at the present time. Bet365 also offers odds for the Men’s 100 metres, 5000 metres, 10000 metres and triple jump athletics events, as well as the Men’s badminton singles event.
In the 100 metre dash it come as no surprise to see Usain Bolt as the favourite with odds of -188 to win the event, while Yohan Blake (+400), Tyson Gay (+650) and Asafa Powell (+800) are also being given outside chances.
In Men’s badminton Dan Lin is expected to repeat his gold medal performance from Beijing at -133 odds, while Chong Wei Lee (+133) and Long Chen (+700) are the only two other athletes that are really begin given a shot at the title.
As the Olympics draws nearer the excitement for the event will build up and there will be many more betting options to choose from. In the meantime, Bet365 is your best bet for Summer Olympics betting.