The GAA is an international amateur sporting body and cultural organisation, the central aim of which is to promote indigenous Gaelic games of Irish origin. Gaelic football and hurling are the most played sports promoted by the organisation and GAA betting plays a large part in gamblers strategy in both the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
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Every year, an annual series of games are played in Ireland during the summer and early autumn months to determine who the top inter-county teams are. Many Irish people place bets on regular season games and the finales of these tournaments - the biggest of which are the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final. Both Gaelic football and hurling are often referred to collectively as ‘GAA’ and as such top online bookmakers will often list their individual markets in an encompassing ‘GAA betting’ section.
The GAA has a long and illustrious history in Ireland, the nation in which it was founded in 1887. Gaelic football, hurling and camogie (women’s hurling) are played at length every weekend around the country. Most GAA players will play for a Club and if they’re good enough, a County.
In recent years, there has been a spike in interest in GAA betting abroad. Countries including Argentina, Denmark, China, Australia and South Africa now have their own GAA teams and leagues and as such have peaked the interest of bookies in those countries where gambling is legal. Although these international pockets of Gaelic football and Hurling exist, there is no fixed international competition in which countries play against each other in GAA sports.
Instead, rules are generally mixed between two related sports - hurlers play an annual game against a Shinty (a similar Scottish game) team. International Rules Football matches take place between an Irish team, consisting of Gaelic football players, against an Australian team of players from the Australian Football League (AFL).
The All-Ireland Football Final Cup is named after Sam Maguire, an influential figure in the London GAA and a former footballer. A group of his friends formed a committee in Dublin under the chairmanship of Dr Pat McCartan from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, to raise funds for a permanent commemoration of his name. They decided on a cup to be presented to the GAA. At the time it cost £300, a sum that would be equivalent to €25,392 today.
Gaelic football is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch (similar to a football or rugby pitch). Players score by kicking or punching the ball into the opposition’s net, worth 3 points, or between two posts above the goals, worth 1 point. Most senior football and under-21 matches last for 60 minutes, divided into two halves of 30 minutes. Senior inter-county games last for 70 minutes and draws are decided by replays or through extra time.
The objective of Hurling is to use a wooden stick called a hurley, to strike a small ball, called a sliotar, into the opponent’s goalposts or over the bar (with the same point system as Gaelic football). Teams are also comprised of 15 players (also known as ‘hurlers’) and the duration of inter-county hurling games mirror the length of a Gaelic football match at 70 minutes. The wearing of helmets with faceguards is compulsory for hurlers at all levels due to the danger of being struck in the head with a hurley.
Betting markets for the GAA are pretty similar to those for regular football betting. There are similar cards markets for bigger games and standard outright wins too. Here are some of the top rated GAA betting markets at the best online bookmakers:
All Ireland Football Final Winner | Gaelic football is the most popular sport in Ireland in terms of attendance and as such the winner of the All-Ireland final is a massive betting market at online gambling sites and in physical bookmakers.
All Ireland Hurling Final Winner | The All-Ireland Hurling Championship is contested from July to August as a single elimination tournament. While the betting window for this is quite narrow, the market remains incredibly popular at bookmakers in Ireland.
Hurler of the Year | This is always a hotly contested market, and the subject of fierce debate among hurling commentators and followers alike. Many different divisions of hurling offer a Hurler of the Year bet.
GAA odds are displayed in a similar fashion to that of other sports such as golf, football or boxing. The bookmaker will reflect how likely it is that a given outcome will occur, generally known as implied probability. If a Gaelic football or Hurling team is given odds of 2.00 to win their next match, then the implied probability of that outcome is 50%. The GAA odds listed on a bookmaker’s website will generally be shown in fractional or decimal format. Having good knowledge of betting odds is necessary for sustainable betting.
|2017||Dublin||1-17 : 1-16||Mayo|
|2016||Dublin||1-15 : 1-14||Mayo|
|2015||Dublin||0-12 : 0-9||Kerry|
|2014||Kerry||2-9 : 0-12||Donegal|
|2013||Dublin||2-12 : 1-14||Mayo|
|2012||Donegal||2-11 : 0-13||Mayo|
|2017||Galway||0-26 : 2-17||Waterford|
|2016||Tipperary||2-29 : 2-20||Kilkenny|
|2015||Kilkenny||1-22 : 1-18||Galway|
|2014||Kilkenny||2-17 : 2-14||Tipperary|
|2013||Clare||5-16 : 3-16||Cork|
|2012||Kilkenny||3-22 : 3-11||Galway|
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