The Winter Olympics are the foundations of the world’s best sports events. Held once every four years, for sports practised on snow and ice, the Winter Olympics 2018 attracts the greatest sporting talents around the globe. Not only is it an epic show to watch, betting sites offer plenty of exciting betting opportunities and free bets to make your fortune.
2018 is going to be a memorable year for sports, and the Winter Olympics is a massive part of the excitement. Bookmakers are steadily offering wide betting markets for the games, and we’re sharing the top tips to get the most out of the top sports.
As the 2018 Winter Olympics are so popular, there is a huge number of betting markets. You can expect plenty of betting odds on ice hockey, cross country skiing and alpine skiing, as the most popular sports at the event.
Bookmakers know just how busy their sites will be during the 2018 Winter Olympics, and have already started rolling out their free bets and promos for the games. Look out for bets such as long-term – outright winners of the 2018 Winter Olympics – as well as short-term; race winner etc. Another popular market for betting on the Winter Olympics 2018 is in-play.
Live betting is big business for betting sites, and offers punters the chance to bet during the games. Huge markets within live betting include the likes of the winner of that particular contest, who will come in last and the next goal (ice hockey, for example).
Olympic ice hockey betting is one of the most common sports for bettors. It’s exciting and offers some of the most exceptional talents the world has seen. The 2018 Winter Olympics betting opportunities for ice hockey feature the usual suspects. However, the NHL (National Hockey League in North America) have ruled their players are not allowed to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which has thrown the predicted betting odds.
With National Hockey League teams unable to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, regular favourites, Canada and the United States, have slipped. Olympic Athletes from Russia (the moniker given to Russian athletes after the 2014 doping scandal) are tipped to take the gold medal home, with star players such as captain, Ilya Kovalchuk, and The Magic Man, Pavel Datsyuk. Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) players will be participating in the games, so we expect big things from the Russian athletes.
It’s no surprise to see 2014 Winter Olympics gold medalists, Canada, in the top two teams. While they’ve lost the likes of Sidney Crosby with the ruling from the NHL, they’ve still got enough talent to fill several Olympic teams. We also recommend keeping an eye out for the United States and Sweden, who will both pose big threats to the above team’s chances.
The Olympic ice hockey betting odds have been released in the run-up to the games, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) are already ahead of the competition. Their squad is well-known for their force and sheer strength and stamina, along with one of the greatest players in the form of their captain, Ilya Kovalchuk.
Canada is second when it comes to Winter Olympics 2018 ice hockey betting odds, but they face stiff opposition from their rivals, USA. Unfortunately, both teams have lost their top players from the NHL, so that could seriously affect their chances of bringing home the gold.
Sweden is also one to consider for betting opportunities, as part of the ‘Big Six’. They are one of the most successful ice hockey teams in the world, although they are losing some of their squad to the NHL ruling. We’re sharing the most up to date Olympic ice hockey betting odds, but they are subject to change as we get closer to the tournament.
There are a number of betting markets available for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but we are sharing tips on the best bets.
One of the most popular Winter Olympics 2018 bets is the nation expected to win the most gold medals. The long-term, most gold medals bet is massive, and Norway is tipped to walk away with this achievement. Norway are well-known for their success at the Winter Olympics, topping the 24 medal leaderboard with 26 in total; 11 of those medals were gold. Predicted to come in second and third are Germany and the USA, respectively.
Outright winners of the Winter Olympics 2018 is another big long-term bet, with the best odds available before the tournament starts. The top three nations expected to take home the most medals are Germany, Norway and the USA. Germany is expected to triumph overall, at most medals betting odds of 2/1. Norway has dropped to second in the table for most medals and is expected to be in the running for second place with the USA, with odds of 5/2.
Ice hockey, cross country skiing and ice skating are major sports when it comes to Winter Olympics 2018 betting. The medal ranking betting odds are out for ice hockey, and we expect the Olympic Athletes from Russia to top the leaderboards. There are two medals available in the sport and, without their players from the NHL, Canada are expected to come in second.
Skating, across the board, has a total of 27 medal events, so it’s one of the biggest and best sports when it comes to betting odds. The events are figure skating (5 medals), short track speed skating (8), speed skating (14). Speed skating is one of the most watched sports, and The Netherlands are already pipped as the favourites for gold. They are the dominant force in the sport, but see stiff competition for the 1,500 metre race, in Norway. The Netherlands and Norway are tied at eight gold medals each, so that’ll be a game to take a punt on.
Cross country skiing provides ample betting opportunities, with so many individual and team events. There are 12 medals up for grabs, with Norway the favourites (again) for this sport. Based on their past Winter Olympics record, many bookies are tipping them as the biggest players. However, Sweden and Finland round up the top three and have done significantly well in past Winter Olympics.
The outright betting odds for the Winter Olympics 2018 are already available at most betting sites, but could change as we get closer to the tournament. As it stands, Germany is predicted to win outright due to their previous records and strong squads. Closely following, however, are Norway and the USA. The USA may struggle due to a lack of NHL players for ice hockey, but they’ve still got the stamina to pull in plenty of gold medals.
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Hand in hand with betting on the Winter Olympics comes the free bet offers. Betting sites know how popular the games are and cater their promos for punters. There are plenty of Winter Olympics 2018 free bets, and you can qualify for them by signing up with a bookies. Typically, you’ll have to deposit a minimum amount to access the Winter Olympics 2018 free bet, but you’ll usually get £20 in return. Effectively, you’re betting risk-free. You can also get insurance on your bets with some bookies, which will see you get your stake back if your bet didn’t come in.
The Winter Olympics is a huge sporting event held every four years, featuring sports practised on snow and ice. The first Winter Olympics was held in 1924, in France, with only five sports – split into nine categories. The Winter Games has evolved since the first, with a total of 15 sports on the Olympic programme and 100 different categories.
The top three teams in the Winter Olympics are no surprise; Norway, Germany and the United States. They all sit in the top three positions with the number of most medals. The medals table is as follows:
For those watching the Winter Olympics 2018 from home, the BBC has the broadcasting rights and will be showcasing the games. You’ll also be able to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Pyeongchang, South Korea, is the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was announced in 2011, after they had submitted their third bid. The Winter Olympics will be divided into two zones where all sports will be played, mountainous and coastal zones. The mountainous zone, Alpensia, has five different locations, including the Olympic village. Alpensia is 800 metres tall and will host the snow-based sports. The coastal zone will host all events on ice, with four new arenas for the games.
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony is February 9th, with the closing ceremony held on February 25th.