As far as Australian sports betting is concerned, the AFL draws as much attention as any other domestic sport. All Australian bookmakers offer plenty of different markets for betting on the AFL, and there are often promotions and special offers to tie in with the start of the season, and big matches in particular. Here we take a look at the different kinds of AFL betting available, and also the best bookmakers to go to place your bets.
The AFL season starts in earnest at the end of March and runs to September. During this period, 18 teams will battle it out to finish in the top eight and qualify for the finals series. With each team playing each other home and away, there is certainly no lack of AFL matches to bet on. Many punters do not go any more complex with their AFL betting than simply picking the winning team. However, if you do want to look into the finer points of the sport, there are plenty of AFL betting markets to choose from such as handicap bets, winning margins and individual player performances. Often there will be one team which is a very strong favourite in the match and so not worth betting on; by mixing your AFL bets to include markets such as first goalscorer for example, you will certainly receive better odds and value for money.
Of course, AFL betting is not limited to the regular season. Before the season starts, you can also bet on the NAB Cup, which also serves as an excellent guide to player and team form for the season proper. By watching this pre-season tournament, you can often gain excellent insight into which teams to back for the title. When the regular season has ended and the top eight teams have been decided, the final series and Grand Final are a huge part of AFL betting. These final matches of the season obviously have an awful lot riding on them, and therefore plenty of punters like to use all that they have learnt in the regular season to place their bets.
There are also a number of individual player awards which can be bet on throughout the course of the season such as the Brownlow Medal for fairest and best player in the league, and also the Coleman Medal which is awarded to the player who kicks the most goals during the regular season.
Luxbet has a variety of basic and more complex markets available when it comes to AFL betting. They also have some very good bonuses and promotions too.
Centrebet is another very good Australian bookmaker for betting on the AFL; they also have comprehensive coverage of the VFL and other regional leagues.
If you're looking to join a new bookmaker to bet on the AFL this season you could do a lot worse than Sportsbet; one of the best Australian bookmakers currently available.
As well as being excellent for AFL betting, IASbet is a generally very good bookmaker and also has an extremely good welcome bonus for new customers.