State of Origin betting: Specials, odds and tips

Got a State of Origin hunch? Why not back it at the State of Origin at one of these betting outlets?

Wherever there’s sport, you can bet your bottom dollar that the competition spans beyond the field and into the sports and betting venues. And while you don’t have to participate in this aspect of the game, it can still be a fun and involving activity - especially if it’s a big game like the State of Origin.

You might be heading to the pub already to make your bet, but if you’d prefer to do it from the comfort of your home, away from the lines that are sure to consume this event, then you can also bet on your team safety and securely online via a number of online betting sites.

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State of Origin odds: Game One

Each online betting outlet is going to give you slightly different odds. Compare them here first to make the most of your bet. The odds below are for straight bets only.

GAME ONE NSW to Win QLD to Win
William Hill 2.10 1.75
Tom Waterhouse 2.10 1.75
Centrebet 2.10 1.75
Sportsbet 2.15 1.73
Ladbrokes 2.1 1.75

All odds are current as of the 25th May 2015.

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State of Origin bet types | State of Origin markets

As previously mentioned, the odds above are for straight bets (i.e. a bet on one single outcome). However, if you’re a seasoned gambler or wish to bet in another way, you do have other markets (or exotic bets, as some betting venues call them) you can tap into which include betting on margins, points, tries scored, try scorers, and first half results. Some of the more popular markets include:
Line: Line betting is when the bookmarker handicaps a match. If one team is considered to be 2 points better than the opposing side (handicap of -2), you can wager this team will win by at least 2 points in order for you to win. On the flipside, you can bet that the underdog (handicap of +2) will lose by no more than 2 points, or even win the match, for you to come back with some money.

Margin: This is a bet on the score difference between the two teams.

Handicap: Similar to a line bet, this is when the underdog is given a points headstart to create a more even betting field (typically each gets a 50-50 chance of winning). This handicap is usually a larger difference when compared to a line bet.

Total Game Score: Bet that the total game scores comes either “under” or “over” a certain number.

HT/NT Double: Short for half-time / normal time, choose who will take out half time and who will win at normal time.

Line & Total Double: A combination bet on both “line” and “total”.

Match Winner & Total Double: A combo bet on both the match winner and the total match score.

Man of the Match: Pretty self explanatory, you bet on who will be crowned “Man of the Match.”

First Points/Try scorer & Match Win: A combination of who will score the first points and who will win the match.

Any Try scorer: Pretty self explanatory, back a try scorer to win.

To score X amount of tries in X minutes: Again, self explanatory, nominate the team you think will score a certain amount of tries within a designated time period.

Try/Win Combo: Bet who will score a try and which team will win the match.

Highlight Scoring Half: Choose between the 1st, 2nd or both halves being the highlight scoring half.

My Line: A customisable bet where you decide choose the line/handicap (which in turn changes the odds).

First Try scorer: Bet on which player will be the first try scorer of the match.

As you can imagine, the odds for each are quite varied - so research carefully before you commit to one. Or not. Whatever works for you.

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What are the dangers of betting online?

Gambling is a popular pastime in Australia with many adults occasionally dabbling.

Much the same as drugs and alcohol, gambling stimulates the senses. Gambling addiction, or pathological gambling, is characterised by feelings of stress, depression and anxiety, with addicts reporting that the compulsion consumes every thought. Problem gamblers spend much more time gambling than on other activities, or that they can afford. The addiction can quickly lead to psychological conditions, relationship breakdown and financial ruin.

Research suggests that online gambling is potentially even more addictive and dangerous than traditional gambling. Some reasons for this theory point to the fact that online gambling is much easier to hide, online gambling sites are accessible anywhere the internet is, and access to finances are just a ‘click’ away.

Online gambling is also harder to regulate, leaving gamblers more susceptible to dodgy practices and online fraud, and friends and family might not notice anything’s wrong, until its already too late.

If you think you might a problem with online gambling, or if you are worried about a loved one, there are a number of government and NGO services and resources available to those who need it.

  • Australian National 1800 Gambling Helpline – call 1800 858 858
  • G-Line Helpline – call 1800 633 635
  • National Gambling Help – visit
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