There’s only a few days left of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, so to ease the pain of the inevitable end, here’s a look at the best bets to place before it’s all over.
Undoubtedly, the most traditional event at the Winter Olympics, this remains a firm favourite with punters.
One of the biggest names at this year’s Games is competing in the women’s downhill – US skier Lindsey Vonn is being listed as the firm 1.95 favourite to grab the gold with Coral.
Vonn has already been suffering abuse from internet trolls about her lack of medal success so far at the Winter Olympics, so many are hoping she can prove the critics wrong here.
Her closest rival is Italian Sofia Goggia who is ranked at 5.5 with Sky Bet.
If you are looking for a sure thing, Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher has already won two gold medals at this Winter Olympics and is 1.67 with BetVictor to add a third gold in the men’s slalom.
Yes, the minute somebody says Winter Olympics and Bobsleigh in the same utterance we all hum the song in our heads.
“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s Bobsleigh time!”
Cool Runnings was a game-changing movie for the Winter Olympics. Based on the true story of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, it captured the hearts of millions and inspired future generations to take up the sport.
The four-man Bobsleigh is still one of the most popular events at the Games every cycle. In this edition, the German team led by Johannes Lochner are the 2.38 favourites with Coral. That price is very tempting for a man that leads the number one ranked team coming into this event.
Sadly, there are no odds available on a men’s Jamaican Bobsleigh team but the women’s Jamaican team have had quite the experience.
The women’s 4 x 6km relay and the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay are the events left in the 2018 Biathlon. Germany are being heavily backed by the bookies to win the women’s event, with Paddy Power offering a best price of 1.62.
In the men’s event, Norway are best priced at 1.73 with both the Irish bookmaker and Betfair.
Germany are the closest rivals at 3.00 with both of those bookies.
It might only be bowls on ice but Curling has a habit of capturing the public’s imagination and delivering moments of excitement, controversy, and comedy in equal measure.
The big question this year is: Will we ever get over US team member Matt Hamilton’s striking resemblance to Super Mario?
At the time of writing, Canada and Sweden appear to be the only two teams worth considering in the men’s event at 1.75 and 2.70 respectively with Marathon Bet.
The women’s curling is closer to call. Sweden and Canada are priced at the same odds of 2.40 with 888Sport. Although other bookies such as William Hill and Boylesports are just favouring Canada.
Surprisingly, given its large fan following across the US, Canada, and a lot of European countries, ice hockey generally seems to pass under the radar at the Winter Olympics. Even though it spawned one of the great Winter Olympics moments ever, with the Miracle on Ice back in 1980 at Lake Placid, there is a feeling of apathy about it every cycle.
In this edition, there has once again been little fanfare, despite the fact that the best players in the world will represent their countries on the world stage rather than their clubs and franchises in a domestic competition.
In the men’s tournament, the Olympic Athletes from Russia are the 2.10 favourites with Betfred. The same bookmaker is then offering 5.00 on Canada and Sweden, 6.00 on Czech Republic, and 7.00 on Finland.
If you’re looking to bet on a medal place, Czech Republic could be worth backing as dark horses. In the women’s tournament it is hard to look past the US at 1.80 or Canada at 2.10.
Always the coolest event on the Winter Olympics schedule, this year the pre-Games talk was all about US snowboarder Shaun White and his inappropriate behaviour towards women. Now the attention is turning back to the men and women’s parallel giant slalom.
It appears that when it comes to the men’s tournament it is an open field. The best priced male is Swiss competitor Nevin Galmarini at 7.00 with Sky Bet. He is closely followed by Austrian athlete Benjamin Karl at 8.50 with the same bookmaker and then Russian snowboarder Andrey Sobolev at 10.00 with BetStars. The Russian could be the one to back because some bookies are offering him as the favourite.
For the women’s category, it is more obvious that the sensible money is on backing the firm favourite, Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka at 1.73 with Sky Bet. Some bookies are even offering close to 1.30 which is crazy pricing for an event with 40 athletes in the field.
Overall Medal Table
At the time of writing, Norway currently lead the medal table so it is no shock that they are being tipped to finish on top of the pile at 1.67 with Boylesports.
The only bookmaker offering solid odds on the medal table is then pricing Germany to challenge that at 3.00. The US are back in third at the humble value of 8.50.