Rugby league is, along with AFL and cricket, Australia’s national sport, enjoying particular popularity in Queensland and New South Wales, but with a growing fan base in Victoria and other states.
The rugby league landscape in Australia, and indeed rugby league betting, is dominated by the NRL, the nation’s elite competition. Rugby league betting in Australia revolves around the fortunes of the 16 clubs that make up this league: ten from NSW, three from Queensland, one in Canberra, one in Melbourne and one in New Zealand.
Rugby league betting offers a huge variety of options to the punter, from betting on straightforward head-to-head contests to futures to more imaginative ‘specials’ bets. Luxbet caters for all the betting needs of the rugby league fan, offering the full range of options as well as some of the most competitive NRL odds on the market.
NRL betting is by far the most popular competition among bettors, but it is useful to know there are other options too. For example, it is possible to bet on the Toyota Cup (the NRL’s junior competition) as well as games in the next tier of rugby league, the NSW Cup.
In addition, fans can even look to the other side of the world for their rugby league betting fix. The English Super League is fiercely competitive these days, with many of its stars being Australian or New Zealand players.
Of course, any discussion of rugby league betting would be incomplete without mention of State of Origin, perhaps the biggest rugby league event in the world. State of Origin is a huge betting phenomenon, exciting the passions of New South Welshmen and Queenslanders alike.
Finally, it is possible to bet on international rugby league, with the Four Nations series taking place at the end of each NRL/Super League season. The current holders are New Zealand.
RUGBY LEAGUE BETTING – A GUIDE
As stated, there are so many betting possibilities when it comes to rugby league.
A head-to-head bet involves simply choosing which team will win any given match (NRL, Super League, Origin, international and so on), taking into account their form, injuries and of course their opposition on the day. Odds are given by bookmakers on the chances of each team winning, according to which punters can make their bet.
Line betting (betting on the margin of victory by a favourite in a match) is also a very popular option.
Futures are crucial to rugby league betting. One might fancy a bet on who will win the grand final or the minor premiership at the beginning of the season, or indeed throughout the season as odds change according to the ebb and flow of the NRL competition.
This is one of the exciting options in rugby league betting. Will Johnathan Thurston end up top points scorer come the end of the season? Can Akuila Uate take the top try-scorer gong? Odds are offered on the achievements of players over the course of the whole season as well as in individual games, such as who will score the most tries, make the most tackles or hit-ups and so forth.