Combat sports settled into the daily Olympics betting lineup on Day 3. But sailing, canoeing, and track and field are heating up on Day 4 of Olympics betting. Men’s and women’s sailing offer little variety in available wagers. But bettors looking for bet variety can rely on handball and boxing for betting options. Badminton is back in DraftKings along with women’s diving. Even though Day 4 won’t be a big day for betting on swimming, it’ll still be a good day for bettors who enjoy aquatic events.
Track and field fans will have plenty to keep their interest, too. The men’s and women’s triathlon begins Monday in the early evening. So, it’ll be one of the few major Olympic events where live betting will be practical. However, the extent of the live betting may only be fluctuating futures odds. Few track and field events lend themselves to game lines that bettors are used to seeing on major league games throughout the year. Interested bettors will have to content themselves with the non-traditional “live betting” that characterizes most Olympic “live betting.”
Day 4’s Olympic Events
Although they’re not all available in every sportsbook, these Olympic events are scheduled for the fourth day of Olympic betting:
- 3×3 Basketball
- Artistic Gymnastics
- Beach Volleyball
- Canoe Slalom
- Mountain Biking
- Rugby 7s
- Table Tennis
- Water Polo
Many of the most popular events are on even though odds aren’t available for them in some major sportsbooks. There are limited betting lines on gymnastics even though it’s one of the most popular Olympic events. DraftKings seems to have decided that there’s not enough interest in equestrian sports to continue offering lines on those events. But if there aren’t lines on a bettor’s favorite event, they can still watch the sport’s events. There are better ways to enjoy sports than in a sportsbook’s live betting section.
Featured Events With Strong Betting Variety
If bettors want many types of wagers to choose from, handball and boxing are the sports to focus on. Women’s handball will have all the game lines on Day 4 of Olympic betting. However, men’s handball also has games throughout the week with the same strong bet variety.
Women’s handball has a few types of lines. The game’s lines offer point spreads and over/unders like normal. But the moneyline wagers are on a separate sub-tab for two-way moneylines. Three-way moneylines are available too for bettors who want to wager on a draw or get a different set of moneyline odds. Finally, alternate point spreads and point totals are available for bettors looking for additional game line odds. Point spreads and totals also have wagers for the first halves and bets on whether the score will be odd or even at the end of the first half.
Handball team and game props are available, too. However, the team props are just more over/unders on point totals. The games props are more interesting. Besides, the odd/even bets, bettors will find bets on the winning margins, first to X number of goals, winners at halftime and fulltime, and double chances. Double chances are bets on a team either winning or tying, so it gives bettors additional chances to win without their bets being pushed at the end.
Men’s and women’s Olympic boxing don’t offer that same variety. Instead, it offers two-way moneylines and futures in each weight class. It’s not the gold standard of betting variety. But it’s better than a lot of the Olympic sports.
Featured Events For Futures
Futures betting is the bread and butter of Olympic betting on individual events. The combat sports events will have those types of wagers throughout the week. However, men’s and women’s sailing will have events that will run through Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The men’s sailing events include the 49er skiff and finn sailing. Both events compete with similar skiffs, but the 49er is bigger than the finn dinghy. The only women’s sailing event on Day 4 is the 49er skiff. No single country is favored to win the gold in any of the sailing events. It’s a tossup among Brazil, Spain, New Zealand, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. So, of the sports with few betting options, sailing may be the most interesting to watch Monday night.
Olympic Betting Day 4 Summary
The Olympics have several events playing that aren’t available on DraftKings and FanDuel. Not all sports lend themselves to easy betting and others just don’t have enough interest to justify setting odds. However, there are a few staples that’ll be available throughout the Olympics. Handball and boxing will allow for some betting variety. Day 4 of betting will feature sailing and canoeing for bettors who need an aquatic sport to fill the gap between swimming events. There’s something for everyone running from Monday night to Tuesday morning.