Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Betting on rowing

Betting on Rowing in the United Kingdom

Rowing is one of the most beloved sports in the United
Kingdom. This comes as no surprise, given that the island nation has been
generously peppered with lakes and waterways. The cultural centre of the sport
in England can be found around the River Thames, where storied events take
place annually, including the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

The summer months bring many events with them, as rowers
make their way up and down the country. Today, we are going to be looking at
how you can make money by betting on rowing, to see what can be achieved and
what else needs to be taken into consideration.

An Introduction to Rowing

 As a storied method of reliable transportation, rowing has
existed for centuries. It was mainly used by historic seafarers, including the
Vikings and the Portuguese pioneers who spearheaded the Age of Discovery.
Naturally, sport was a secondary thought in both of these situations, as
exploring and conquering new lands was a much bigger priority.

We can trace the history of rowing in the United Kingdom as
a competitive sport back to the start of the 18th century, when
professional boatmen took to the River Thames for the country’s first organised
rowing event. You might be wondering what they were competing for. Simply put,
they were competing for a single red overcoat.

The popularity of rowing grew as soon as Oxford University
and Cambridge University started competing on the River Thames for bragging
rights. Their annual competition takes place in the Spring, and the course
covers approximately four miles. But, the most popular rowing events are the
ones that take place during the Olympics.

Betting on Rowing

Betting on rowing can be quite tricky because bookmakers up
and down the country tend to only offer bets for the biggest rowing events in
the world. This means that, while you might be able to bet on the outcome of an
event during the Olympics, you might not be able to bet on smaller regional
events.

We would advise that you shop around when you are looking for a bookmaker, and
make sure that you find one that is known to offer rowing bets that have good
odds. A lot of bookmakers who don’t have much experience in this area will
offer relatively mundane odds.

What bets can be placed?

When you are betting on a prestigious rowing event with a
reputable bookmaker, there are usually three different types of bets that you
could potentially place:

H2H Bets

H2H bets are some of the most attractive bets that you can
place on rowing events because they are usually accompanied by relatively good
odds. When you are placing an H2H bet, you have to try and decide which of the
rowers or squads participating will rank higher in the overall classification.

Naturally, this is actually easier to do when you are
betting on local events. This is because it helps to know a little bit about
the rowers and squads who will be involved. If you are betting on a rowing
event, we would highly recommend that you research the rowers involved before
you start placing bids.

Bets on the Winner

When you hear about people placing generic bets on rowing
events, you will usually hear about them placing bets on who the overall winner
of the event will be. To win these bets, you need to accurately guess who will
win the race, be it a single rower or a full squad of people.

Again, it helps to research both the teams and the
individuals who are involved when you are placing bets on the winner. This way,
you will have a little bit of insight to work with before you decide who you
think the winner will be.

Bets 1 – 3

If it is your first time betting on a major rowing event (or
a smaller local event), then we would highly recommend that you avoid this type
of betting to start with. When you are placing this type of bet, you will have
to correctly guess which rowers or squads of rowers will take the first three
places on the scoreboard. You don’t have to get them all in the right order,
but you do need to make sure that you have all three of the top competitors.

Unfortunately, the odds of winning with a 1 – 3 bet are
naturally slightly lower, as it can be quite hard to accurately predict who the
three winning individuals or teams will be at rowing events, especially if you
are quite new to the field of betting on the sport. Try to remember that black
horses are quite common at rowing events.

If you do want to place this type of bet, then you should
make sure that you thoroughly research the teams or individuals that you are
betting on first. That way, you can make an informed decision as to how you think
the scoreboard will look.

Understanding the odds

If you have ever bet on a sporting event before, then you
will probably already have a good understanding of how odds work. But, if this
is going to be your first time betting on a sporting event, then it could look
like you’re reading a language that you don’t understand when you look at the
bookmaker’s listings.

Most of the rowing bets that you will see being offered by
bookmakers will be displayed with an “A/B” odds system. If the odds read as
2/1, then you will stand to win £2 for a £1 bet. If the odd read as 15/1, then
you will win £15 for a £1 bet.

These odds are set based on probability. The bookmakers
offering them take into consideration a number of different factors to
determine what the most likely outcome of an event will be. Naturally, this means
that you are statistically more likely to win on bets that are closer to 2/1
than you are on bets that are closer to 15/1, but rowing can be notoriously
difficult for bookmakers to predict.

Betting Strategies

There are a number of different strategies, tips and tricks
that you can use to improve your chances whenever you are betting on a rowing
event. They include:

Research, Research, Research

Before you bet on a major rowing event, you should spend
some time researching all of the people who are involved. Make sure that you
know about the statistics of the rowers who will be participating, or the
squads who are taking part.

Try to look at their past results, and make sure that you
look at whether or not they have had any recent roster changes. A last-minute
roster change can quite literally spell disaster for a rowing squad. You should
also look at what type of training they are doing and whether or not it is 100%
relevant to your chosen event, as well as how often they are training.

With rowing, you can never research too much. The more you
know, the easier it will be for you to make informed bets. When you are looking
into the rowers who are involved, you should take the following areas into
consideration to build your strategy:

The Competition

If you know what competition you are going to be betting on,
then you can use that knowledge to your advantage. Just like most people,
rowers are motivated by potential prizes and the recognition that they can
receive. Naturally, both of these areas are much more considered at bigger
events, and so the motivation levels amongst rowers and squads will be much
higher

This can make placing bets quite difficult, as it means that
individuals and teams will be at their most competitive. If you want to look
for the black horses who could win rowing events, then you should focus your
attention on smaller events.

The Competing Athletes

Unfortunately, you do need to take the ages of all of the
rowers who are going to be competing into consideration, as well as their
overall health. Young rowers might seem like a safe bet because of their
liveliness, but older rowers are often the ones to watch. This is because older
rowers have the ability to make snap decisions and cope in intense situations,
whereas younger rowers often don’t have enough experience to do the same.

If you want to know whether or not a specific rower is
currently suffering from any ailments, then we would recommend taking a look at
their social media profiles. A lot of rowers share information about their
health, often with advice for other athletes. If you can see that a rower is
seeing a physiotherapist to try and fix a specific problem, then you can assume
that they might not be on their best game.

The Team Dynamic

If you are betting on a full squad of rowers, then you
should try to find out what you can about the bonds between teammates. If there
are any underlying conflicts, then the team probably won’t perform as well as
they otherwise would because of the atmosphere when they are training together.

Conclusion

There you have it, there are quite a lot of things that you need to consider
when you are betting on rowing events. Make sure that you do your research,
take a look at the odds that are offered by bookmakers and try to make an
educated guess as to what you think the scoreboard will look like.

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