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How to bet on Australian Football

AFL betting

If you’re a big fan of Australian Rules Football or AFL, then you know how incredibly popular it is among Australians, both as a game and a bet. Bookmakers can see millions of dollars of bets on a regular game week, and punters take home a big slice of the profit pie.

On this page you will find virtually every single thing you need to know about putting on the AFL. We will provide you every week with the latest updates on everything AFL—from match previews on each game to the most recent stats, odds, team news and so much more. Keep on reading and see our special betting guide to help you make money off the AFL!

Hints and tips

The AFL season runs for more than six months. There are eight games played every round, with a total of 176 matches per season, plus finals and pre-season cup matches that you can punt on. With these many games to punt on, you have to make sure that you don’t get carried away when you start betting.

While there are 8 games per week, there are only a number of games that will really stand out as profitable bets. Do your homework and read up on the matches, especially past head-to-head results, to know which games are worth betting on. AFL officials strive to keep the competition level by placing salary caps and other regulatory mechanisms, so there is no one team that dominates the others. This is a good strategy for sports, but seasoned punters know that this can also mean that the weekly results can be rather surprising.

Each team will often have a bunny team and a bogey team—the former their best rival in the sense that they will always perform well against it no matter the ladder position, while the latter is their arch- enemy whom they find hard to topple season after season. Teams with a hot streak usually make it through to the top as team confidence and morale soars.

If you can make a solid selection of teams to back, then you are on the road to making a healthy profit off the AFL.

Types of bets

Head to head betting is the favorite betting method that punters typically use when making AFL bets, but it’s definitely not the only way to make money from the games. Head to head betting is preferred for the low risks among the bigger punters, but this can be potentially unattractive for small-time punters. Favorites can be at very short odds, thus forcing you to look to other markets for value.

Line betting can be a good alternative because it evens the playing field between the strong and the weak teams. The punter gets a more or less even chance to find value in an otherwise uneven match. Margin betting works in a slightly different manner: you anticipate whether a team will win over or under a certain margin, usually 39.5 points. Finally, you can also do futures betting, where you bet on which team will receive the awards like the Brownlow medal or the Coleman medal.

Other common markets you’ll find at most bookmakers are Half Time / Full Time markets, Quarter By Quarter result, Total Game Score of teams, Coin Toss result, First Goal Kicker, Last Goal Kicker, Most Disposals, plus other novelty bets that pop up from time to time.

When Prime Minister Alfred Deakin referred to the “Australasian game of football” in a 1908 speech at the Melbourne Carnival, he, and millions of others, could not have imagines that an event involving six australian states and New Zealand would grow into a global game encompassing leagues in more than 20 countries.

AFL, or Australian Football League, has a following much resembling that of a cult.

To onlookers not much into it, it seems to be a game where full grown men run, jump for balls, pat each other on the butt and slam into each other if they can get away with it.

But fans know it’s more than that.

It’s standing in the bleachers when your team runs out onto the field, their colours standing out against the backdrop of green field.

It’s holding your hand over your heart, head up high, as you sing the national anthem, or mouth it, whilst you, and everyone around you, really humming as an undertone the team song.

It’s jumping out of your seat and yelling abuse at the umpire when he miscalls, or booing the opponent team when they foul.

It’s beer, pies and sunny days on a Sunday, watching the wave of team colours in all shapes and sizes, pour through gates, take their seats and wait for that siren.

It’s the one place in the world, where you can bet your bottom dollar, that the 30,000 odd crowd around you are wanting the same outcome.

Their team to take the glory.

You can bet the excitement was everywhere when in 1975, the game took on a whole new meaning when colour television arrived. Imagine it; finally being able to see the colours of your team instead of imagining it, instead of each team featuring 2 uniforms, a white one for playing away from home and a black one for playing on home turf.

AFL has been known for some amazing talent, and controversy, yet in this case the good always reigns, as legends of the game consistently make an appearance, whether in person or thought.

150 years of a great sport so far, and no doubt another 150 years to come.


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