The 2013 AFL betting season is upon us and that means loads of betting options and live betting markets. With the advent of the Fox Footy channel you can now see every 2013 AFL game live and live games mean loads of AFL live betting liquidity and opportunity.
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|AUD $100 Free Bet||www.Sportsbet.com.au|
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Best AFL Bookmakers For Betting On 2013 AFL
Our top rated Australian bookmaker for AFL betting this season is www.Iasbet.com.au.
With over 45 betting markets on each and every AFL game this season plus another 15 futures, exotic, country and state based betting options, the choice is simple. Renowned for being leaders in getting their markets up early and offering competitive betting value to bet on AFL, Iasbet also offer Australia’s leading mobile betting which is perfect for “getting on” from the lounge or from the family bbq. With Iasbet your always in touch with your money and betting live in the run is just a call away.
Other bookmakers we strongly recommend for AFL betting are Sportsbet (review), Centrebet (review) and Sportingbet (review). Most serious punters will have accounts at all four bookmakers, both to take advantage of lucrative first deposit free bonus bets when opening new accounts; and too ensure the best odds available on any AFL game at any given point in time.
2013 AFL Premiership Betting
All Australian bookmakers offer futures betting odds and markets on the 2013 AFL Premiership winner. All our recommended bookmakers have Collingwood as favourites ahead of Hawthorn, Geelong and Carlton.
The opening AFL premiership betting market prior to the 2013 AFL Round 1 is:
|2013 AFL Premiership Betting Odds|
|West Coast Eagles||$12.00||$15.00||$11.00||$13.00||$11.00||$13.00||$12.00||$15.00|
|St Kilda Saints||$21.00||$26.00||$20.00||$29.00||$20.00||$29.00||$21.00||$26.00|
|North Melbourne Kangaroos||$34.00||$67.00||$25.00||$41.00||$25.00||$41.00||$34.00||$67.00|
|Gold Coast Suns||$101.00||251.00||$101.00||$151.00||$101.00||$151.00||$101.00||$251.00|
|Port Adelaide Power||$101.00||$151.00||$101.00||$151.00||$101.00||$151.00||$101.00||$151.00|
|Greater Western Sydney Giants||$501.00||$1001.00||$501.00||$1001.00||$501.00||$301.00||$501.00||$1001.00|
AFL Betting Options
The top AFL betting markets are:
• Pick Your Own Goal
• Head to Head
• Pick Your Own Line
• Tri Bet
• Halftime/Fulltime Double
• Time First Goal Kicked
• First Goal Scorer
These markets (and others markets available) are explained in more detail below.
Head to Head Markets (H2H)
With a Head to Head (H2H or match odds) bet type you are betting on who you think will win. It is the simplest bet you can make. A draw is possible in AFL, so there are three options when you are betting in Head 2 Head type markets:
1) Team A to win
2) Team B to win
The favourite in this market is the team that is paying the shortest price. For example, you might see Sydney Swans are paying $1.30 and Collingwood Magpies are paying $3.75. In this example, the Sydney Swans are the favourite. If there is a draw, you get paid half of your potential winning result as neither team won or lost. Bookmakers set their prices based on a team’s chance of winning. The recent form of both teams is considered as well as other factors including whether key players are available for selection and the location the game is to be played at. This is one of the ‘easier’ bets you can make as all you have to worry about is your team winning in order to win the bet.
There are a number of head to head bet markets you can have a bet in. The main H2H market that most punters choose to bet on is the market where you place a bet on the team you think will win the match. You can also choose to bet in other head to head markets that are on offer. These include quarter time leader, half time leader, three quarter time leader, winner of the second quarter only, winner of the third quarter only and winner of the last quarter only.
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In the handicap market, the underdog is given a points head start to create an even bet. Line bets are typically designed to give each team a 50% chance of winning.
Here is an example of how a line bet works:
Hawthorn Hawks and Carlton Blues are the playing each other. The bookmakers have displayed the prices as follows:
(a) Hawthorn (-6.5): $1.92
(b) Carlton (+6.5): $1.92
In these circumstances, the bookmakers believe Hawthorn are the better team, so are giving them a 6.5 point handicap. The Blues are given a 6.5 point head start.
The final score for the match is Hawthorn 70 and Carlton 68. If you placed a bet on Carlton on the line then you win the bet because, with the 6.5 point start, Carlton’s “final” score of 74 is greater than Hawthorn’s 70. If you had placed a bet on Hawthorn in that circumstance, your bet would “lose”. However, if the final score is Hawthorn 77 and Carlton 68 then Hawthorn have covered the “spread” as they have won by more than 6.5 points and any bettors who placed a bet on Hawthorn on the line will win the bet. If the bet is made on Carlton in these circumstances the punter will lose the bet.
The line bet is available not only on the full-time result of the game but also applies to results at quarter time, half time, three quarter time, quarter time, second quarter only, third quarter only and last quarter only.
Some betting agencies also offer you the opportunity to pick your own line.
In this market, you place a bet on the amount of points that one team finishes in front of another team. For an AFL match, the standard margin bets on offer include:
• Team A to win by 1-39;
• Team A to win by 40+;
• Team B to win by 1-39; and
• Team B to win by 40+.
You can also bet specifically on the draw in the margin market.
You can bet on the margin at full time but you can also bet on the margin at quarter time, second quarter only, third quarter only and last quarter only. You can also bet on the half time margin and full time margin.
The margin markets also offers you the choice to bet on the:
(a) Winning margin spread (generally 1-19, 20-39, 40-59 or 60+);
(b) Super margin (1-19, 20-29, 30-39 and so on up to 100 plus); and
(c) Exact margin.
You often get good prices in these markets because it is harder to pick the winning bet.
There are numerous options available in the points market. The idea of this market is to try and predict how many points a team will score in the match or in certain parts of the match (eg quarter time, second quarter etc).
A popular option in this market is the “Over/Under”. Having a bet in this market involves having a wager on how many points there will be in the match. For example, you can predict if the total match points will be over or under the score designated by the bookmaker. For example, if the bookmaker sets the total points scored at 192.5 points, you can bet on whether the total points scored in the game (by both sides combined) will be more than 192.5 or less than 192.5. If you predict correctly, you win the bet.
If you are familiar with the individual players that participate in AFL, you will be interested in this market. There are several markets available where you can bet on individual players in the game. These include:
• Goal Scorer Markets – you can predict which player will score the most goals, be the first goal scorer, last goal scorer or score a goal at some stage in the match. The bookmaker will offer odds depending on the position a player takes on the field. Forwards and front running midfielders are likely to dominate this market. Players that have less chance of scoring (such as backs) tend to be at longer odds.
• Pick Your Own Goal – You can predict how many goals a player will kick in the match. For example, you can predict if a player will score 3 or more goals, four or more goals, five or more goals or six or more goals. Again, the players that will start at a shorter price in this market will be those in the attacking positions on the field.
• Most Possessions – One of the important performance indicators in AFL is how many possession a player takes of the ball. Betting agencies often provide a list of select players and odds on players who are most likely to take the most possessions in a match. In this market you need to consider the position of the players listed as midfield players are more likely to have greater possessions in a match.
A doubles bet is the simplest of all accumulators as it consists of just two selections, both of which need to be guessed correctly in order to qualify for a return. Doubles bets offer higher returns then singles and give better chances of winning than multi-bet accumulators. In a winning bet, the two sets of odds are multiplied by each other. For example, you bet $50 on a double bet consisting of selections with odds of $1.50 and $1.40. If both selections win, you win $50 x $1.50 x $1.40 ($105.00). If either selection or both of them lose, the bet is lost.
In AFL, the main doubles markets on offer include:
• Line / Total Points Double: The bookmaker will offer a selection of line and total points combinations and you select one of the options on offer. For example, the bookmaker may offer Hawthorn at a line of -30.5 and total points in the match to be over 192.5. If you bet on this option, both results must involve Hawthorn winning by more than 30.5 and the total points in the game exceeding 192.5.
• First Score / Head to Head Double: The bookmaker will offer a selection of options that involve combinations of the first team to score and the team that will win. For example, the bookmaker may offer Collingwood to score first and win match. If both results are correct, you win.
• Head to Head / Total Points Double: The bookmaker will offer a selection of head to head predictions and the total points to be scored in the match and you choose the one you predict to be correct. For example, the bookmaker may offer St Kilda to win and total points in the match to be under 192.5. You need to get both correct to win. If St Kilda lose, your bet loses.
• Half-time / Full-time Double: This involves you predicting who will be in front at half time and who will be in front of full time. The bookmaker will offer a number of selections to choose from. For example, if Melbourne were playing Geelong, the bookmaker may offer Melbourne / Geelong. To win the bet, Melbourne have to be ahead at half time and Geelong have to be the winner at the end of the match.
The tri bet is also available in this market. The tri bet, as its name suggests, offers three different options. Tri bets give you the option to choose one of the teams playing to win by more than a certain amount, or you can choose the option for either team to win by less than the margin offered. In AFL the market usually on offer is:
• Team A over 15.5 points;
• Team B over 15.5 points;
• Either Team under 15.5 points.
A multi bet involves placing a series of bets together to achieve a bigger dividend. It is a bet that includes simultaneous selections on two or more outcomes for two or more events. If at least one of the outcomes does not occur then the bet automatically loses. The multi bet odds equal the product of the individual selection odds. For example, if you took two margin bets on two different AFL matches and a head to head bet on another AFL match with the first bet paying $2.20 the second bet paying $3.50 and the third bet paying $1.50 your return would be $11.55. The multi bet market opens up a plethora of options for betters. It is a high risk/high return style of punting.
In these types of markets, you are placing a bet on a result that will occur some time in the somewhat distant future. In AFL the popular futures markets are:
• Outright Winner (win the grand final)
• Wooden Spoon
• Make the Top 4
• Make the Top 8
• Brownlow Medal (awarded to the ‘fairest and best’ player during the home and away season, as determined by votes cast by the umpires after each game. A player becomes ineligible if they are found guilty by the AFL tribunal of an offence worthy of a suspension during the home and away season).
You will never have trouble finding a market to your liking in the AFL. On average, there are a total of 90 markets or more available for a punter on any one match.
Live Betting & Live Streaming
AFL is broadcast in a number of ways ensuring that live punters will never miss a game. Live betting (betting during the game) is available on some AFL markets, so it is important to know the ways you can keep in touch with the game.
All of our recommended AFL bookies offer live streaming video, so you can bet while you watch the matches. Punters can bet on dozens of markets during a match, with minimum bet amounts typically in the AUD $1 – $2 range. Each of our recommended bookies also offer mobile betting, so you can bet live straight from your iPhone, iPad, Android, or any other mobile device.
Channel Seven covers selected games live each week on free-to-air TV. They do not cover the whole round. Fox Footy on subscription TV and Foxtel on IPTV cover all matches of the round live. You can also listen to the game live at afl.com.au.
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest level professional competition in the sport of Australian Rules football. There are 18 teams in the AFL competition. They are:
• Adelaide Crows
• Brisbane Lions
• Carlton Blues
• Collingwood Magpies
• Essendon Bombers
• Fremantle Dockers
• Geelong Cats
• Gold Coast Suns
• Greater Western Sydney Giants
• Hawthorn Hawks
• Melbourne Demons
• North Melbourne Kangaroos
• Port Adelaide Power
• Richmond Tigers
• St Kilda Saints
• Sydney Swans
• West Coast Eagles
• Western Bulldogs
See also: AFL Betting Questions and Answers