AFL Betting 2015

AFL holds a special place in the heart of Australians and as one of the most heavily-watched, attended and wagered sports in the country, the best bookmakers in Australia will always have fantastic specials on offer.

Each of our suggested bookies for AFL betting offer mobile/tablet wagering, where you can punt directly from any smartphone or data-enabled device such as iPhones, iPads, Androids, Windows, and other platforms. Live betting on the AFL is also available over the phone at all of the suggested sites.

As always, we advise that you open multiple online accounts with different bookies so that you’re able to compare odds and take advantage of weekly specials, bonuses and free competitions – not to mention always ensuring you get the best return for your punting dollar.

Below, we give some important information on AFL betting and our recommended sites.

AFL Premiership Futures

SportsBet SportingBet CentreBet Waterhouse BetFed
Crows flag betting! Adelaide
Crows
34 23 34 23 26
Can the Lions make the 2015 finals? Brisbane
LIONS
51 67 51 67 67
2015 Carlton odds Carlton FC
BLUES
51 51 51 51 67
Bet on the Magpies in 2015 Collingwood
MAGPIES
34 29 34 29 31
Can the Bombers compete in 2015? Essendon
BOMBERS
26 23 26 23 26
Will the Dockers win the premiership? Freemantle
DOCKERS
9 8.50 9 8.50 9
Will Geelong's finals run continue? Geelong
CATS
14 15 14 15 14
How far can the Suns go in 2015? Gold Coast
SUNS
26 26 26 26 26
The Giants will need a miracle GWS
GIANTS
101 101 101 101 201
Will the Hawks go for the three-peat? Hawthorn
HAWKS
4 4.26 4 4.25 4
Write your own ticket on the Demons! Melbourne
DEMONS
251 251 251 251 301
Can the Roos take the next step? No. Melbourne
KANGAROOS
13 12 13 12 13
Are Port ready to contend in 2015? Port Adelaide
POWER
5.50 5.50 5.50 5.50 5
What will 2015 hold for Richmond? Richmond
TIGERS
21 23 21 23 23
How long will Saints fans wait for a premiership? St Kilda
SAINTS
501 501 501 501 501
Can Sydney deliver the silverware in 2015? Sydney
SWANS
4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.50
Will the Eagles fly high? West Coast
EAGLES
34 26 34 26 31
Are the dogs ready to compete? Western
BULLDOGS
126 101 126 101 126
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AG’s Highest-Rated AFL Bookies for 2015, and Why

Bookmakers we strongly promote and whom also offer in excess of 200 AFL betting markets are Sportsbet.com.au, BetEasy.com.au and Sportingbet.com.au. We advise punters to open accounts with all three sites to take full advantage of the lucrative first deposit free bonus bets, other frequent promotions and offers, and most importantly, to compare odds and ensure you get the best available on any AFL bet at any given point in time.

2015 Premiership Betting

All Australian bookmakers offer a future market on the 2015 AFL premiership winner, prior to the start of the season and throughout the year, with the odds constantly fluctuating. Our four bookies are split in terms of the favourite for the 2015 premiership, with Sportsbet installing 2014 champions Hawthorn as a $4 favourite to go for a third premiership in a row, while Sportingbet and Centrebet have placed 2014 runner up Sydney as a $4.25 chance to get redemption. The title race this year promises to be as close as ever. On the third and fourth lines of betting with all four bookmakers is Port Adelaide and Fremantle, while North Melbourne ($12) and Geelong ($15), round out the top six.

Want to see what the team at AustralianGambling predicted for the AFL in season gone? Check out our tips for the season right here.

Common AFL Markers

  • Head-to-head
  • Handicap & points
  • Margin
  • Over & under
  • Players
  • Doubles
  • Scorecast
  • Tri-bet
  • Quarter-by-quarter
  • Multis
  • Futures/outrights

Head-to-head (H2H) Betting

The outright H2H wager simply asks who you think will win the match. The favourite will always be priced at less than $2.00 odds, and at a shorter price than the opposing team. On some occasions, both sides can be paying equal odds (for example, $1.90 each) if the contest is considered extremely even. Like other markets, bookmakers set their head-to-head odds via the opinions of an expert team who formulate prices based on public opinion, team form and history, and a range of other significant factors.

As always, setting early prices is a risky business, as the views of the team of experts might in fact differ to that of the public. Once the market is set, wagers placed on the two teams will force their starting prices to fluctuate, and can often lead to favourites becoming underdogs, and underdogs becoming favourites. H2H wagers can also be placed on who will be leading at quarter time, half time and three-quarter-time (3QT).

Handicap/Line Markets

The team at longer odds to win the match is, in the handicap market, given a precise head start on points, and the team at shorter odds is given a disadvantaged start, researched and chosen by the bookies, in order to create a bet with even odds (generally $1.92), designed to give both sides a 50 per cent chance of winning. For example: if Hawthorn is playing Carlton and the Hawks are considered slight favourites at $1.60 to beat the $2.25 Blues, the handicap/line betting could look something like this:

Hawthorn: -11.5 at $1.92
Carlton: +11.5 at $1.92

The $1.92 line odds for each side, and the accompanying handicaps of -11.5 and +11.5, was where the bookies decided the game would become an even contest (such odds are always equal). So the handicaps show the bookmakers believe Hawthorn is currently an 11-and-a-half-point better team than Carlton, which is the same as saying Carlton is an 11.5-point inferior side than Hawthorn. This line which is set, is therefore what the bookies believe will roughly be the winning/losing margin for the game.

Sportsbet's 2014 AFL MarketsIf the final score for the match is Hawthorn 82 def Carlton 74, wagers placed on Carlton at +11.5 @ $1.92 would win, while wagers placed on Hawthorn at -11.5 @ $1.92 would lose. If you add on the 11.5-point head start given to the Blues to their final score, it is easy to see that 74 (which becomes 85.5) is greater than Hawthorn’s final score of 82. Conversely, if you subtract 11.5 from Hawthorn’s final score of 82, then its new score is less than Carlton’s original final total. If you calculate one, there is no need to calculate the other. The easiest way to distinguish which bet is the winning bet is to ask yourself: did Hawthorn win by more, or less than 11.5 points? If the answer is more, than it has successfully covered what is known as the spread, and a wager on the Hawks is successful. But in this case, they failed to cover the spread, so Carlton to get within 11.5 pays off. The reason for the 0.5 value given to either side is so if Hawthorn wins by 11 or 12 points, we can clearly see which selection is victorious.

Punters also can pick their own line, where set prices are given for a large scope of possible results, all in relation to the original line for the game. So $1.92 odds for each team at -11.5 and +11.5 will begin to increase and decrease when you start to change the line in a positive or negative direction for either team. For example, set a line of -19.5 for Hawthorn, and the odds might climb from $1.92 to $2.30, because according to the original line, it will obviously be harder for the Hawks to win by more than 19.5 points than 11.5 points, hence the rise in price. Handicap betting can also apply to each stage of the match (i.e. if a certain team covers a set spread by quarter time, HT or 3QT).

Points

Bookmakers will often add another element of the same nature to line/handicap betting, but instead of offering odds of $1.92, the points market will provide the punter with slightly better value, where a handicap/head-start amount will be reached where both teams are usually paying around $2.10. In this example, such a market could be as follows:

Hawthorn: -16.5 @ $2.10
Carlton: +6.5 @ $2.10

So if the Hawks had won by more than 16.5 points, a bet on them at $2.10 would win, while if the Blues had got within 6.5 points, a bet on them would have won.

Note: There are scenarios with this form of wagering where both options may not come to fruition, and that’s why odds of over $2.00 can be offered, even though there are only two options in play. A final margin ranging from seven points to 16 points would not be a successful result for either of the $2.10 bets. As per the original final score above, the winning margin of eight points does no one any favours if they took either of the points wagers.

Hypothetically, if you saw a market with only two outcomes at the same bookmaker, and each was paying in excess of $2.00, by punting on both, you would guarantee yourself a profit, but this is why such markets would not exist within the same company – unless due to error – because the company would be haemorrhaging money.

Generally, backing all outcomes of one event would guarantee a loss of a small percentage (the bookmaker’s margin). However, there is such a form of wagering known as arbitrage betting which takes advantage of different odds from diverse companies to turn what would usually be a loss in to a guaranteed profit; scenarios which can arise due to bookmakers’ altered opinions on the outcomes of events, and fluctuation in prices at different times and organisations.

Margin

Margin markets are specific bets which cover the range/span which the winning margin of one side will fall within. There will often be multiple choices with a variety of differing prices, and obviously the more specific you get, the higher the odds become. You should always find the following markets in any AFL game:

  • Team A to win by 1-39 points.
  • Team A to win by 40+ points.
  • Team B to win by 1-39 points.
  • Team B to win by 40+ points.
  • Team A or B to win by 1-24 or 25+ points.
  • Team A or B to win by 1-19, 20-39, 40-59 and 60+ points.
  • Team A or B to win by 1-9, 10-19, 20-29 … 90-99 and 100+ points.

You can also choose to bet on Team A or B to win by a specific two-point margin spread (such as 14-15 points), or the exact margin (23 points). Within all these markets, the option to wager on the draw, and its price, is provided. Again, like the above markets, punters are given the choice to wager on a team leading by a certain amount at each break in the game.

Over & Under (Points Total*)

Points total betting is wagering on the accumulated number of points to be scored either by one team or both teams at certain stages of the match (quarter time, half time, 3QT and full time). An Over/Under approach is taken here; whether the total amount of points will be over or under a set aggregate. For example: sites will often set 192.5 as the aggregate benchmark for the scores of the two teams collectively, in any one particular game, by full time. The odds will, in most circumstances, be of equal value at around $1.92 each.

*This form of wagering is also available for the results at each designated break in the match, and should not be confused with the Points market, which was explained above.

Player Markets

There are several markets available which allow punters to wager on outcomes of individual players, which again can come to fruition at quarter time, HT, 3QT, and at the final siren.

Goal Scorer – Predict which player will bag the most goals, be the first goal-kicker, last goal-scorer, or simply anytime goal scorer at some stage in the match. Forward-line players will be at shorter priced odds than back-line players.

Most Possessions – Who will be the leading possession-winner on the ground at any of the four stages of the match? A list of selected players and their respective odds are offered by bookies, with highly-rated midfielders often at much shorter prices than defenders or forwards.

Doubles Wagering

There are a vast number of doubles offered by our bookies, where you can bet on two outcomes of a game as one overall wager, with both results needing to be achieved in order for you to win. The odds of each individual result are multiplied together to form one overall set price, thus creating higher returns. Some doubles include:

Line/Points Total Double: The handicap/line selection, along with the total amount of points to be scored in the match. For instance; St. Kilda has a handicap of +28.5, against Collingwood who has a handicap of -28.5, and the total points to be scored in the match is set at Over/Under 192.5 The four options would include:

  • Collingwood -28.5 and Over 192.5 (Collingwood to win by more than 28.5 points & the total sum of points to be greater than 192.5).
  • Collingwood -28.5 and Under 192.5
  • St. Kilda +28.5 and Over 192.5
  • St. Kilda +28.5 and Under 192.5

First Score/Head to Head Double: The combinations involving the first team to score in the game, and the team which will win. Using the above example:

  • Collingwood to score first and win the match
  • Collingwood to score first and lose the match
  • St. Kilda to score first and win the match
  • St. Kilda to score first and lose the match

Half-Time/Full-Time: Who will lead at half time in combination with who will be leading at the conclusion of the match, with the following possibilities:

  • Collingwood/Collingwood
  • St. Kilda/Collingwood
  • St. Kilda/St. Kilda
  • Collingwood/St. Kilda
  • A draw at the end of any quarter

All these doubles can also be used as single bet. For instance, you can simply place a wager on who you think will score first. You can also punt on what type of score the first score will be – a behind to Team A or Team B, or a goal to Team A or Team B.

Scorecast

The scorecast is a new type of bet where precise odds are given for a player to score the first goal of the game, along with the final winning margin spread of the match. For instance, if Melbourne is playing Gold Coast, you will find an option of Mitch Clarke to score the first goal and Melbourne to win by 10-19 points. Odds for these selections are always high and very attractive.

The Tri-Bet

A common selection which often presents good value for money. As the name suggests, such a market offers three different outcomes in any one match, with AFL games usually handed the following confines:

Team A to win by over 15.5 points
Team B to win by over 15.5 points
Either Team under 15.5 points (this includes the tie).

Quarter-by-Quarter Leader

Similar to the half time/full time double, here you can wager on which team will lead at each stage of the match. As there are four distinct periods of a footy game, there would be 16 different options to choose from, and picking the right one is always a difficult but entertaining task. The option to select ‘scores level’ at the end of any term is available, too.

Multi-Bet

A multi-bet is a wager involving a series of two or more individual selections combined, which produces a much greater dividend. Each individual selection is called a leg, and each leg must be successful in order for the entire multi-bet to pay off. If one or more of the outcomes does not occur, then the bet will lose. The multi-bet odds are calculated the same was as a doubles wager is calculated; by multiplying the price of each individual wager together. Thus, the overall price can stand to grow significantly.

Note: You cannot add multiple legs of the same game together to create a multi, or events which are deemed to be related (i.e. you won’t be able to multi Melbourne beating Gold Coast, with Melbourne winning the same game by 20-39 points).

Multis open up a plethora of options for us and are a thoroughly entertaining, high risk/high reward style of punting. Take one team paying $2.50 to win in a H2H market, multi it with a different match and take the favourite to cover the spread at $1.92, and then multi those two selections with an individual player in another game to be the leading goal-kicker at $4.75 odds. You will now have odds of $22.80.

AFL Futures/Outrights

Popular AFL futures markets include (events which will result later on in the season):

  • Premiership Winner
  • Minor Premiers (to finish top of the table at the end of the H&A season).
  • To Make the Top 4
  • To Make the Top 8
  • Wooden Spoon Winner (to finish bottom of the ladder).
  • Grand Final Quinella (which two teams you think will make the Grand Final).
  • Brownlow Medal Winner (arguably the most respected medal, awarded to the best and fairest player of the Home and Away season, as deemed by the official AFL umpires).

Live Betting and Wagering on Mobiles

Live, in-play betting, while no longer allowed online by Australian sports bookmakers, is still completely legal by calling up your designated bookie and placing you selected bets over the phone. You will need an account with the bookmaker you decide to call up, and minimum wagers are usually AUD $5.

Each of our recommended bookies offer mobile betting, so you can punt on the AFL directly from your Apple iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or any other phone/tablet device with a data connection. The phone layout and design of each site is clean, easy to use and extremely efficient.

Where to Watch AFL

You can watch all AFL matches live on Foxtel, while Channel 7 hosts four games free-to-air every round. AFL.com.au streams entire replays of every game 24 hours after the conclusion of the selected match, while the site also offers a link to listen to each and every game live on the radio.

See also:
Questions and answers for punting on the AFL.

Darren Tendler

About Darren Tendler

Darren Tendler is the Senior Editor at 8th Rule Media, which is the parent company of AustralianGambling.com.au. He studied at Monash University and completed a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Born and raised in Melbourne, he is a die-hard Demons supporter, follows the EPL and NFL closely, and often indulges in poker, blackjack and roulette.

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