With wall-to-wall TV coverage of GAA competitions across the media, it is no surprise that reputable bookmakers are offering punters the chance to have a flutter on their favourite sports.
The high-scoring nature of hurling and Gaelic football makes handicap betting especially popular, while there is also always an array of outright markets to choose from. As the summer moves on and the Championship clashes get bigger, more specials and match betting markets become available.
Individual bets also prove hugely popular, with player points handicaps and man of the match bets consistently attracting interest from GAA punters. For those with their finger on the pulse as club level, the county and provincial Club Championships can provide value bets.
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The strategizing doesn’t stop after the ball is thrown in, with plenty of In-Play betting markets available in hurling and football. A limited amount of player markets remain available throughout the 70 minutes, along with numerous markets on match outcome with live updates in odds.
Hurling fans have witnessed some epic comebacks in recent years. Those who fancy a big swing at half-time, or anticipate a big scoring burst from either team, can come out on top with savvy in-play betting. The small-ball game is going through a phase of electrifying, high-scoring games at all levels.
This leads to some misleading early scorelines, as both teams put together runs over the 70 minutes. Punters might feel a bookie is reading too much into such an early run, and hurling gamblers should keep an eye out for these scenarios. Weather conditions always play their part in both sports as well. A strong wind may help a side stretch out a big half-time lead, but those who have their eye on the ball can take the conditions into account and employ a clever in-play betting strategy.
Match Betting - To Win | Those who are not interested in predicting the margin of victory can stay away from specific number of points and enjoy a bet on either team to win, similar to football betting. If you want to avoid predicting points differentials but still want long odds, consider combining selections into an accumulator, but be aware that this can affect cash-out options on sites which offer this service. Hurling fans will have noted that draws have become increasingly common in recent seasons. Odds usually come in at around 10/1 for draws and punters should consider that market when analyzing close games.
Hurler and Footballer of the Year | These markets attract plenty of attention as the inter-county season ramps up, and after the conclusion of both Senior Inter-County All-Ireland finals. But odds are available for these prestigious individual awards earlier in the season as well. However, it is probably advisable to wait until there is a clear picture of the teams in the running for glory before backing a player for either of these markets. The awards generally tend to go to players on All-Ireland-winning teams.
Handicap Markets | Punters can take on the bookies in the handicap betting market. If you fancy a team to cover their handicap and win by more than the predicted margin or fancy an underdog to upset the apple cart and run their opponent closer than expected, this is the market for you. Dominant sides like the Dublin footballers have delivered in covering the predicted handicap far more often than not in recent years, and there are many who keep an eye out and take advantage of these opportunities in the handicap market.
Winning Margin | The winning margin market is one which can attract attention as there is a clear strategy to employ. Gamblers can bet on a team to win by a certain margin of points, usually within a two-point range. The strategy that makes the most sense here is to study the handicap line and choose a winning margin which matches. If a bookmaker has set the handicap line at -3.5 for example, punters can confidently bet on the favourite to win by 3-5 points, knowing that they are actually siding with the bookies in their points margin predictions. Winning margin odds are usually no shorter than 4/1.
First Goalscorer Markets | Just like in soccer, the first goalscorer market can be a tempting one for GAA punters. The thrill of watching a selected goalscorer rattle the back of the net is often too enticing to resist. Have a quick glance at the statistics and identify some goalscoring contenders who others might tend to ignore. For example, half-backs in Gaelic football who like to get forward and run at defences, are often players who can raise a green flag by hitting the net and guarantee long odds.
2-Way Total Points | A fun market for those who don’t want to side with a particular team in a given contest. The total number of points can be affected hugely on a game-by-game basis by factors such as tactics and weather conditions. In Gaelic football, for example, wet, slippery conditions can make scores extremely hard to come by. The 2015 All-Ireland football final between Kerry and Dublin returned just 21 points on a day when a greasy pitch made it hard to secure meaningful possession. Contrast that with the All-Ireland semi-final of 2013 between the same two teams, when a total of 47 points were scored overall, and you can see how much this varies from one game to the next.
All-Ireland Winner Outright Markets | This is the big outright market all year round that attracts by far the most attention of all the outright GAA betting options. Do you go for a big gun to take home the Liam MacCarthy Cup in hurling? Or do you fancy a team to come from the chasing pack, just like Limerick in 2018, and secure glory? Will you back the Dubs to keep up their recent domination of Gaelic football? Or will you stick your neck out and back an unfancied county to lift the Sam Maguire Cup? An outright bet at any stage of the year makes the race for All-Ireland glory all the more interesting across both codes.
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The All-Ireland Senior Inter-County Hurling and Football Championships run from May through to September, with the hurling championship concluding in mid-August and the football championship final taking place two weeks later. The Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues both run from January to March annually. The All-Ireland Club Championships are played from June to March, starting with the County Championships, moving on to the Provincial Championships, and concluding with the All-Ireland Club Hurling and Football finals on St Patrick’s Day.
RTE, BBC Northern Ireland, and Sky Sports broadcast live TV coverage and highlights of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and Football Championships. TG4, eir Sport and RTE are the TV rights holders for the Allianz Leagues. TG4 and eir Sport are the channels which show Club Championships action. Games are broadcast for viewers abroad on the GAAGO website.
There are many ways to bet on the action, with a range of online markets available across numerous GAA betting sites. It’s not just Irish-based bookmakers offering odds on Gaelic sports. Some of the major players in the world of online betting are offering their customers a slice of the action.
Gaelic football is played between two teams of 15 players. 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. Senior inter-county games last for 70 minutes and draws are decided by replays or through extra time.
Like football, Senior inter-county games last for 70 minutes, with draws settled through extra-time or replay. 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 net (3 points) or over the bar (1 point). Teams are also comprised of 15 players.
Black cards are shown to players who the referee deem to have committed a cynical or deliberate foul. When a player receives a Black Card, they are sent off the pitch but replaced by a substitute. If the player has already received a Yellow Card proceeded by a Black Card they are sent off and no substitute player takes the field.
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