Olympics Highlights Day 3: Combat Sports Betting Guide

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Day 2 of the Olympics saw many mainstream sports that are probably familiar to Americans. But Day 3 of Olympics betting will be a day for combat sports fans. However, there will be fewer types of wagers available. Olympic basketball will have many types of wagers and several games available in men’s and women’s basketball. The combat sports are limited in their wagers. Bettors will only be able to bet on gold medal futures for most of them.

So, Day 3 won’t be a day for diverse wagers. But it’ll thrust new Olympic sports into sportsbooks’ spotlights, which combat sports fans are sure to appreciate.

Olympics Day 3: Featured Olympic Sports

Today is going to be a big day for combat sports fans and bettors. Here are the sports with events running through Sunday night and Monday morning:

  • 3×3 Basketball
  • Archery
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Slalom
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rowing
  • Rugby 7s
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting

Some of the sports in this list will have events that are over by the time most bettors read this. But the myriad Olympic events have events scheduled throughout the week, too. So bettors can wager on events within these sports throughout the week.

Featured Bets: Basketball And All Its Variety

3×3 basketball only has game lines available. However, regular basketball is full of different types of wagers. First, bettors will find many game lines. They include the standard moneylines, point spreads, and over/unders. However, bettors will also find alternate point spreads and alternative total point wagers. So, even among game lines, men’s and women’s Olympic basketball offers great bet variety.

Player props also offer great betting variety. Bettors can wager on even more over/unders, the number of rebounds, assists, or whether Luka Doncic will pull off a triple-double. Game props are similarly diverse, with wagers on total points, winners at half time and full time, whether the game will go into overtime, the winning margins in three, seven, or 12 ways, and of course, bets on odd and even scores.

That brings us to futures and some of the other moneylines. Bettors can wager on who will take the gold home and they can choose who will be winning at the game’s quarter and half marks. The futures go as wide as the team and as detailed as who the top point scorer will be. If bettors are still deciding what kind of wager they’d like to make, men’s and women’s Olympic basketball offers a plethora of betting options.

Featured Bets: Futures And Nothing Else

While basketball offers bet variety, many individual sports don’t. When individuals are only competing against themselves on the mat, like in gymnastics, the only bets are usually futures. Sportsbooks could theoretically offer over/unders on an athlete’s score. However, that would require an oddsmaker who knew all the Olympic athletes well enough to set fair odds. That doesn’t even take hype or sportsbook profit into account. Few oddsmakers have the necessary Olympics expertise. So, in many individual sports, futures are all bettors will find.

Even in combat sports, like judo, where athletes compete against each other during matches, sportsbooks only offer small groups of futures odds. So, combat sports bettors must be comfortable with judging individual players as most bettors are judging an entire team’s performance. The major combat sports with these types of wagers include:

  • Boxing – Men
  • Fencing – Men and Women
  • Judo – Men and Women
  • Taekwondo – Men and Women

These sports have events running from Sunday night through Monday morning. So if combat sports bettors are comfortable with futures bets, then there will be several opportunities to bet, go to bed, and see how those wagers turned out in the morning.

Day 3: Olympics Summary

While the mainstream events that most people tune in to watch are still having matches, Day 3 will have many combat events going on. (Some people would consider rugby a combat sport, but few have been hit in the face hard enough during a rugby match to arrive at that opinion.) However, the types of wagers on many combat and individual sports will be limited. Sportsbooks just don’t have the expertise in-house to set game lines on each Olympian in each sport.

However, there will be a lot to bet on. By the time bettors wake up Monday morning, there will be new medals awarded. If bettors want to get in on the ground floor of combat sports betting, Day 3 is a good day to do it.

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Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior author and contributor for Gaming Today. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.

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