Olympics Highlights Day 2: Early Betting On Late Events

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By the time Day 2 of the Olympics begins, several athletes will have already won their medals. The women’s and men’s air rifle competitions will be finished, and skeet shooting will begin that evening. The first surfing events in the history of the Olympics will also begin during Saturday evening for interested Americans. Finally, new track and field events will begin. There will be many wagers worth making and paying attention to. Day 2 will offer many new wagers for bettors to make.

Featured Olympic Sports

Here are the sports available from Saturday night through Sunday morning for American bettors:

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Slalom
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Road Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis Taekwondo
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

We’ll break down some of the key events in these sports below so bettors can zero in on the most interesting and wide-ranging bets to place before crashing for the night.

Featured International Bets

While the women’s soccer team will have already completed their matches Saturday morning, the men’s soccer team will have their next round of matches early Sunday morning. Bettors looking for more soccer lines will have plenty to choose from before crashing Saturday night.

Sunday morning game lines include lines on eight men’s Olympic soccer matches:

  • Egypt vs. Argentina
  • New Zealand vs. Honduras
  • France vs. South Africa
  • Brazil vs. Ivory Coast
  • Australia vs. Spain
  • Japan vs. Mexico
  • Romania vs. South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia vs. Germany

Bettors will also find many prop bets, including first and last scoring teams, winning margins, final scores, and many more. Bettors can also select winners for each half of the game, bet on point spreads, or bet on team futures.

For risk-seeking bettors, women’s swimming has futures on gold medalists and props on who will win any medal. Day 2’s swimming events include:

  • 100 Meter Backstroke – Women
  • 400 Meter Freestyle – Women

Swimming will have a few events during most of the Olympics, so bettors shouldn’t worry about running out of medalists to bet on.

Featured United States Bets

If bettors want to bet on Americans with a good chance of winning, there are a few events that offer many wagers and some that offer precious few. Women’s volleyball has many types of wagers for bettors looking for game lines. Saturday night and Sunday morning will feature these matches:

  • USA vs. Argentina
  • Serbia vs. Dominican Republic
  • China vs. Turkey
  • Japan vs. Kenya
  • Brazil vs. South Korea

Bettors will find traditional wagers like moneylines, point spreads, and over/unders. However, bettors will also be able to bet on set spreads and set totals. Those may be fun bets for most bettors, but analytical geniuses would likely be interested in these, too. Finally, Olympic women’s volleyball offers futures on different group winners. Groups A and B will both produce winners, so this is a good set of bets for bettors new to futures betting to try.

If bettors aren’t picky about a lack of betting options, then there are a few sports on Day 2 where the United States is favored to win the gold. Men’s and women’s surfing, softball, and skateboarding all include matches where American players and teams are particularly competitive. The only wagers available for most of these are futures bets on winners. So, there’s a tradeoff for bettors who are only interested in these sports or in American athletes.

Day 2 Olympics Summary

It seems surreal to already be finished with a medal ceremony. China’s Yang Qian won the gold in women’s 10-meter air rifle. She was followed by the Russian Olympic Committee’s Anastasiia Galashina. Qian won by .7 points in a close and fierce match.

Meanwhile, sports like surfing and softball are enjoying their first Olympic matches. Surfing is making its debut and softball is returning after 13 years. Those events will be big moments in and of themselves for fans of both sports.

Whether bettors are focused on the United States team or are willing to put their money on other countries, sportsbooks have the necessary betting lines for all Olympic events. We can only feature a few, but the Olympic sports field is rich and varied, catering to all tastes and all sports fans. Stay tuned for our featured bets for Day 3.

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Christopher Gerlacher

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