For any NRL fans who love betting on rugby league in general, there are plenty of Australian bookmakers offering excellent regular-season betting options. However, there is one big rugby league event which always gets money changing hands, and that is the State of Origin three match series between Queensland and New South Wales. Having become enormously popular since its inception in the early 1980s, watching and betting on the State of Origin is now as big a part of the NRL season as any other match.
For the first 25 years or so of the State of Origin being contested, the results of the series were
surprisingly even, with the Maroons of Queensland having a slight overall edge of 14-12 up to 2005.
However, since 2006, Queensland has won six State of Origin competitions in a row, building up a
considerable 20 to 12 lead. As any regular punter will tell you, streaks like this tend not to last and
if you are looking to bet on the State of Origin this year, you may be wise to back the blues of New
As with any rugby league match, punters have the option of making lots of different kinds of bet, as
well as the obvious one of who will win the match. Markets such as winning margin and individual
player performance are all still available with State of Origin betting. However, there are a few bets
which are particular to betting on the State of Origin such as the final series score and who will
take home the Wally Lewis Medal for overall player of the series. Although the State of Origin only
comprises of three matches every year, the good news for punters is that still very easy to keep up
with individual player form simply by watching the regular NRL season.
As stated above, it is always wise to watch the players who are likely to take part in the State of
Origin as they play in their regular-season NRL matches. This gives you a great idea of not only who
will be selected, but also which team and which players are likely to hit a rich vein of form during the
three-game series. Much successful State of Origin betting relies on a punter's overall knowledge of
the NRL and the players who qualify for Queensland and New South Wales.
A generally very good bookmaker for rugby league betting and the NRL, IASbet will have plenty of
different State of Origin betting markets available for this year's contest.
Luxbet is another very good Australian bookmaker for State of Origin betting with plenty of team and individual player markets available.
Always a reliable bookmaker, Sportsbet often offers special promotions on State of Origin betting and their rugby league markets are generally very good.
Centrebet is an all-round solid Australian bookmaker with plenty of regular-season rugby league betting available, as well as betting on the State of Origin.