Rugby League Betting Tips & Previews
Rugby League is a professional sport with thirteen players on a team rather than the fifteen you have with rugby union. This is a sport which is particularly popular in the north of England, with clubs such as Leeds, Wigan and St Helens among the well-known teams who form the mainstay of the Super League.
Rugby league is also big in parts of Australia, New Zealand, France and Papua New Guinea, with the rules a good deal different to rugby union and that includes the fifth tackle rule as opposed to having to release the ball in union when the ball goes to ground.
There are lots of betting opportunities when it comes to rugby league and many of the markets that the bookmakers create are similar to the ones you will find for rugby union.
What Rugby League betting is available?
When it comes to the UK, the Super League is the biggest professional league and that takes place during the summer. The 2017 winners of the Super League were Leeds Rhinos, although Castleford Tigers finished top of the regular standings, while St Helens and Hull were the losing semi-finalists.
The Super League is really popular when it comes to betting and that is usually focused on the matches, with Game Betting 2-Way and Game Betting 3-Way where a lot of the money goes.
When it comes Game Betting 2-Way, you can choose to bet on which team will win the game, each team on the handicap market (the favourite being given a minus figure and the outsider given a positive handicap), total points (over/under) and winning margin.
Naturally, popular football markets such as correct score, first scorer and both teams to score aren’t relevant to rugby league due to the high-scoring nature of each game, although the handicap and half-time handicap betting markets offer great opportunities.
How to get the best Rugby League betting odds
It pays to shop around with the various bookmakers as they not only offer different betting odds on the same teams, but they also offer alternative markets and some of those can make appeal to betting customers.
It pays to have a number of betting accounts, with bet365, BetVictor and Ladbrokes the recommended bookmakers when it comes to rugby league betting and these operators also offer In-Play betting odds for big rugby league tournaments including Super League, World Cup and NRL.
When it comes to the Rugby League World Cup, there are plenty of betting markets available for this tournament, with the 2017 renewal offering Australia as overwhelming favourites. England and New Zealand are also regarded as powerhouses although there aren’t many other countries that can be competitive at the highest level.
Several bookmakers offer a welcome bonus, free bet or bet credit when you first open a betting account. It is a fantastic way of getting started and you can enjoy regular promotions and money back specials on several of the big tournaments.