Betting on the Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics is one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The most popular sports are ice hockey, cross country skiing and alpine skiing. These three sports are also the most popular sports to bet on. Not only are the Winter Olympics a fun event to watch but it is also a perfect event to bet on.
Betting sites will offer plenty of odds and campaigns before and during the winter Olympics, in order to attract customers but also because the betting sites know how great the interest is in the Winter Olympics. As the customer, you can find odds for all sports in three different forms: long-term bets, short-term bets and Live bets.
An example of a normal Winter Olympics long-term bet
Winners at the Winter Olympics
This type of bet - like most long-term bets - is usually placed before the tournament begins. That is when the generous odds are being offered by betting sites on who will eventually win. The winners of the Winter Olympics are divided into several different sports and categories where you will be able to bet on a number of different winners. We have listed a few alternatives below.
- Winner of the Winter Olympics - Ice Hockey
- Winner of the Winter Olympics - Figure Skating
- Winner of the Winter Olympics - Cross Country Skiing
Nations with the most Gold medals
One of the most popular long-term bets for the Winter Olympics is which nation will win the most gold medals. At the time of writing - and as usual - Norway are the favourites. Norway have by far the most gold medals throughout history and now stand at around 6/4 to take home the most gold medals in 2018.
Head to Head - Most medals
Another popular type of bet is most medals head to head. This type of bet is often shortened to h2h and means that you are betting on which nation will take most medals vs another nation. For example, you could bet on who will get most medals between Sweden and Norway. Norway would obviously be the clear favourite here, but there is a lot to chose between.
Just as they always do, betting sites will offer odds on each sport and category. You are going to be able to bet on the winner of a particular ice hockey match as well as the winner of a special distance within cross country skiing. These type of bets are usually placed just before the event is scheduled to take place when you have all the information and the best odds available. These types of bets don’t usually have as high odds as long-term bets.
Match bets are normally placed on ice hockey which is the most popular sport to bet on during the Winter Olympics. Here you can find the odds for an ice hockey game with odds offered for, among other things, winner, number of goals, goal scorers and period winners etc. As well as ice hockey, this type of bet is offered for all sports where two nations will compete against each other, for example Curling.
Another common type of short-term bet is made on the medal table. These types of bets are usually made on skiing and skating. With this form of betting you will be able to back who you think will get the most medals as well who will get Gold in certain categories. Placing a bet, regardless of its size, will often make a sport or event more interesting to watch. It can also involve you in a sport more, as you will have to read up on it before you place a bet.
Live betting on the Winter Olympics
Live betting is a popular form of betting, regardless of the competition or sport. The Winter Olympics is no exception and betting sites will offer plenty of live odds. Live odds will be offered for 15 different sports and lots of different betting alternatives for these different sports will be made available.
Popular betting markets within live betting:
Winner of contest
Who finishes last in the contest
Next goal (ice hockey)
H2H, put two nations together and bet on who you think will perform best
For more information of other betting markets, we recommend that you visit our betting school.
About the Winter Olympics
Pyeongchang was chosen to become the host of the Winter Olympics 2018 on the 6th July 2011 after it had applied to three championships in row. For this competition there had only been three other countries who had applied to host it. Annecy in France, Munich in Germany and Pyeongchang in South Korea. Pyeongchang won with 63 of the 95 votes.
Winter Olympics 2018 - Locations
The Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea is divided into two different zones where all different sports and categories will be played, one coastal zone and one mountainous zone.
In the coastal zone all the events that will be played on ice will take place. The coastal zone lies to the east of Pyeongchang. Here there will be four new arenas ready for 2018 with sports such as skating, figure skating and ice hockey.
The Alpensia is the name of the mountainous zone where there will be five different locations, including the Olympic village. Here, snow sports such as cross country skiing, alpine skiing and ski-jumping will be performed. Alpensia is 800 meters high and has previously hosted the World Cup in Alpine Skiing several times.
Sports in the Winter Olympics 2018
These 15 sports will be represented at the Winter Olympics 2018. There will be 100 different categories.
New Categories for the Winter Olympics 2018
For 2018, the committee has introduced four new categories and taken away Snowboarding Parallel Slalom. The changes will mean that there will be more female athletes at this games. The four new categories are:
Big Air for snowboarding
Team Alpine Skiing
Mass start long track skating
Winter Olympics 2018 on location
If you are not satisfied with experiencing the Winter Olympics 2018 from the sofa then there is always the opportunity to travel to South Korea to experience the winter betting where the action is. Tickets and accommodation packets can be easily purchased through your country’s Olympic Committee’s partner.
It’s best to buy your tickets in advance as the demand is often high.
- Location: Pyeongchang, South Korea
- Time: 9 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
- Main arena: Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
- Total number of nations: 82
- Total number of categories and sports: 102 categories and 15 different sports
- Climate: February in Pyeongchang has an average of -1°C in the day and -10°C at night.
2018 Winter Olympics FAQ
When are the Winter Olympics 2018?
The Winter Olympics 2018 are in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the opening ceremony is on the 9th of February 2018 and the Closing Ceremony is on the 25th February 2018.
How many Nations are taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics?
So far, 82 nations have qualified for the Winter Olympics 2018, but there will be more. The nations that are worth mentioning are Eritrea, Kosovo and Malaysia who are competing in their first ever Winter Olympics. Another nation to keep an eye on is Russia who have been the subject of a doping scandal and whose final participant list has not yet been decided. Last but not least, we should all track of North Korea who might still qualify, something that could cause issues considering the current political climate.