Yes, betting on the AFL in Australia is legal. Sports betting is a fully-regulated market of Australian gambling, and all Australian licensed bookmakers offer AFL betting throughout the season, and during the off-season. You can bet on individual games, the fortunes of individual teams and players, and many other aspects of the AFL.
Yes. AFL betting is available at all regulated online Australian bookmakers. While Australian firms were prohibited from offering several types of online gambling services under the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001, sports betting was exempt from these provisions, which means you can place all of your online AFL bets with locally regulated and trusted bookmakers. Our top rated online bookmakers are Sportsbet, Centrebet and Sportingbet.
As with most forms of sports betting, AFL betting is much easier (and much more profitable) if you have accounts at several bookmakers. As each bookie will offer different odds on each bet you wish to make, this allows you to have a full range of options on every match day. Smart punters will mix and match their bets at various sports-books, getting the best odds possible on each game. While the differences in odds will be small, the cumulative effect can have a significant impacts over the course of a season.
Live betting is the gambling option to place wagers on particular events during the course of the game – while that particular sporting event is running. Live betting, also known as in the run betting, is currently legal in Australian, but not online.
The IGA, as explained above, prohibits offering ‘online interactive gambling services’ to Australian residents, and the term ‘interactive’ has now been made to include live betting. This law applies to all online bookmakers, both those owned and licensed in and outside of Australia. There are offshore bookmakers who do offer live betting to Australians, either unaware or ignoring the IGA laws, but it is crucial to note that adherence to the IGA laws is the responsibility of the gambling operators, so individual Australian residents are not breaking the law if they do bet live online. The repercussions would be handed down to the operators, and not the individual.
While live online betting is not permitted down under, punters can still call up licensed bookmakers or place wagers in person at betting agencies if they want to bet while sporting events are live.
Head-to-head betting asks you to make just one decision: which team do you think will win an upcoming game? If you pick the winning team, you’ll win your bet; if your team loses, you lose too. Since not all AFL teams are equal, though, you’ll receive different odds depending on who you bet on. A bet on Collingwood may not earn you very much when they win, but a winning bet on the Greater Western Sydney Giants could earn you a small fortune.
Line betting is a form of AFL betting that allows you to receive the same odds on either side of a game, even if the two teams competing are vastly mismatched. Typically, a bet on either side of a line bet will pay out at $1.92 odds. In order to make both sides of the bet fair, one side will receive a handicap that should make both sides of the bet about equally appealing.
The points start – known as a point spread in some parts of the world – is the handicap that is given to the underdog in a line bet. This is expressed as a number of points, with one side taking the points and the other giving them. In order for the favourite to win the bet, they must win by more than the number of points they are giving the underdog, while a bet on the weaker team can win either if that team wins the game, or if they lose by less than the points start.
In AFL betting, the points start almost always includes a half-point to ensure that there are no pushes on line bets. In a game between two evenly matches teams, the points start may be less than ten points, while a mismatch may result in a points start of as much as 50 points or more.
The Brownlow Medal is one of the more popular forms of AFL betting outside of the games themselves. After every game, the umpires choose the top three players, but do not reveal their choices. On the Monday before the Grand Final, all of the sealed choices from throughout the season are opened and tabulated, and the player with the most votes wins the Brownlow Medal.
Sportsbet and other online bookmakers all offer betting on the Brownlow Medal winner. You can bet on virtually any candidate, though favourites like Jobe Watson and Trent Cotchin will have lower odds than long shots who are unlikely to win the award. Sportsbet also offers top three betting, where you can win at one-fourth of the started odds if that player finishes anywhere within the top three in the Brownlow Medal count.
AFL betting odds are expressed in the decimal format. Decimal odds are simple to read, but can be a little misleading if you are used to reading odds in other formats, such as the “x to one” odds often seen in casino betting. Decimal odds tell you how much you can expect to receive on a winning bet, which includes the return of the money you initially bet. This means that odds of $2.00 represent an even money bet: for instance, if you bet $1, you’ll receive $1 in winnings on a winning bet, meaning you’ll have a total of $2.
AFL betting covers a wide range of potential bets, from wagers on individual games to long term bets known as futures. For instance, you can bet on which team will ultimately win the flag, but you can also bet on a wide variety of other outcomes, like whether a team will make the Grand Final, whether they’ll finish in the top four or eight, whether they’ll miss the top eight, or whether they’ll walk away with the wooden spoon – the “honour” given to the team that finishes in last place in the league.
AFL betting also covers many of the awards that are voted on or awarded throughout the season, such as the Rising Star, the Coleman Medal and the Anzac Day Medal. More unusual bets include betting on which Victorian (or non-Victorian) team will finish highest in the league, or which player will accumulate the greatest number of hit-outs throughout the regular season. Many county and state level bets are available, too.