Author: Anton Johan
Because the Olympic Games only comes around once every four years, it is a very
big deal for everyone concerned, from the participating nations, athletes and
officials, to the host nation, sports fans and, of course, Olympic Games
These days betting is part and parcel of just about every
sport and event there is, and the prestigious Olympic Games is certainly no
exception. In fact, the 2012 London Olympics - which gets underway on Friday,
July 27th - is expected to attract the biggest number of betting fans and
overall take in the Games' illustrious history, mainly as a result of online
Ever since the advent of online sportsbooks in recent years, sports betting
has never been more convenient, easier, discreet or widespread. Where before
sports fans had to trek down to their local high street betting shop, now they
can place just about any bet they want from the comfort, privacy and security of
their own home or office.
Some Sportsbooks Offer Mobile Betting Facilities
Some online sports betting sites have even rolled out state-of-the-art mobile
betting facilities for smartphone and smart device users, which means they can
wager 'on the go', from pretty much anywhere in the world using with mobile
platforms that include internet connectivity.
In fact, this relatively new mobile betting technology is expected to be highly
utilised during the 2012 Olympics, and as a result, the owners and operators of
most leading online sportsbooks are reportedly looking forward to the just over
two-week event with much anticipation.
But betting fans themselves stand to benefit the most, because as the biggest
online sportsbooks in the UK and beyond compete to offer the best and most
competitive selection of Olympic betting lines, odds and specials, it means they
have an enormous choice of Olympic markets at their fingertips - literally.
Betting Sites Boast Many Olympic Betting Lines
Right now, for instance, the biggest British sports betting sites - including
William Hill, Ladbrokes, Bet365 and Paddy Power - have posted a multitude of
London Olympics betting markets that cover many of the major Olympic events.
One Olympic betting line that is expected to attract a lot of attention at most
sportsbooks is the Men's 100m, because it is always traditionally one of the
most popular Olympic events. And this year betting fans are eager to see if the
world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, can increase his total number of Olympic medals
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the lanky Jamaican won gold in the 100m, 200m and
4x100m relay respectively, also setting new world records in the first two. But
not satisfied with that, Bolt went on to win three gold medals in the 2009 World
Championships in the 100m and the 200m, followed by two more golds in the 2011
World Championships in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.
Expected to be Well-Backed in 100m
Which is why all eyes will be on him in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and
why punters will no doubt back him to the hilt at both land and online
But the Men's 100 is just one of approximately 300 events scheduled this year
from 39 disciplines out of 26 sports, which means Olympics betting odds galore.
Olympic sports include Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Handball, Diving,
Badminton, Triathlon, Football, Field Hockey, Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis,
Volleyball, Rowing and many others.
Posted by Anton Johan at 15:59 on 18 July 2012