NRL Round 1 Betting Summary
Round 1 of the NRL is always extremely difficult to predict
but there was some solace for the punters on Saturday night.
The Panthers were very well supported on gameday, firming
from $2.75 into $2.30 at kick off and ultimately securing the upset of the
It was very much a Round for the bookies, with plenty of big
results falling in our favour.
The largest included a 50K live bet on the Roosters to win
at $1.12. They led the Panthers 12-0 at half-time before completely going amiss
in the second 40.
We also took a 50K bet on the Sea Eagles to beat the Storm
at $2.10. They were the best backed team all weekend – they were $2.50 early in
the week, got in as low as $1.95 on gameday and started around $2.10. They
didn’t manage to score a single try in 80 minutes and were ultimately the best
result for bookies.
FIRST TRY FILL UP
There wasn’t one. In fact, Try Scorers were complete carnage
for punters; only the two Sunday games were popular choices, and both started
at less than $18. There were no large bets in either game, just a collection of
small wagers from plenty of punters.
Our Legendary Land in Round 1 goes to the punters who had
faith in a big first-up showing for the Knights.
This punter outlaid $2000 at a cool 44-1 on a Same Game
Multi of the Knights to win by 11-20 points, the Knights to win 13+ and New
South Wales Origin star Daniel Saifiti to score at any time.
In a week that clearly favoured the bookies, turning 2K into
88K saw this punter claim Legendary Land honours at an absolute canter.
BACKING THE FUTURE
As is typically the case after just one week of footy, there
were no particularly noteworthy moves in futures markets.
The Roosters were slight drifters after their loss to
Penrith, $4 out to $4.50 in the premiership market, but remain comfortable
favourites to complete the hat-trick. On the other side of that game, the
Panthers firmed $21 into $15.
Roosters – $4 > $4.50
Panthers – $21 > $15
Broncos – $23 > $19
Rabbitohs – $13 > $9
Sharks – $13 > $17