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Tokyo Paralympic Games Betting Markets and Tips

The 2020 Summer Paralympics will start on Tuesday August 24 2021 and run through until Sunday September 5. While many people bet on the Olympics, few realise that there are almost as many betting opportunities on the Paralympics. The athletes compete across a wide range of sports, and each event represents at least one more opportunity to bet. If you are interested in learning more about the Paralympics and how to bet on them, then keep reading.

2020 Paralympics Betting Background

It is expected that 4400 athletes will compete in the Paralympics across 22 different sports. The full list of sports is as follows:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Cycling (Road and Track)
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-side
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Paracanoe
  • Paratriathlon
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis

The team events, such as goalball, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball are split into men’s and women’s events, while wheelchair rugby is a mixed event and 5-a-side football is only open to male competitors. It is worth remembering that there will also be a Winter Paralympics next year with events such as alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing, ice hockey and wheelchair curling.

Each participant in the Paralympics has their disability put into one of ten disability categories: impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment.

Each of the individual sports then has its own classifications, based upon the physical demands of the sport. Furthermore, some sports will split athletes according to the category and severity of their disabilities while other sports may group competitors from different categories together and separate them based upon the severity of the disability. Essentially, the classification system evens the playing field and gives as many athletes as possible the chance to compete.

2020 Paralympics Betting Markets

You will find many opportunities to place bets on the 2020 Paralympics as each of the 22 sports offers its own set of markets. The markets will vary depending on the nature of the event, but the vast majority of betting markets are based upon the same basic principles and in the following section, we will teach you about all of them.

Most Gold Medals Betting

This is a very simple outright market that you may wish to make use of before the start of the Paralympics. It is simply a bet on which of the countries taking part will win the most gold medals across all events. This is a very easy market to research. You can simply look at past editions of the Paralympics to see if any countries do particularly well. While there can never be a guarantee that you will win, it is one of the most popular markets.

Most Medals Betting

This is simply a bet on which country will win the most medals, regardless of whether they are gold, silver or bronze. Once again, it is market that you can research by looking at past Paralympics to see if you can spot a trend.

Paralympics Gold Medal Event Betting

This is simply a bet on who will win an event; it is sometimes called a moneyline or straight-up bet. All you have to do is pick an athlete to back and if they win, then you will win the bet. Normally there will be a favourite, but if you think that an underdog may cause an upset, then you may spot some fantastic odds to try to take advantage of.

Paralympics Spread Betting

Spread bets are a very popular form of betting market and they can be applied to a great range of sports. The markets may look a little confusing at first, but you will find that it is actually a very easy concept to grasp. You will normally find that spread bets are available on team sports, as this way a handicap can be applied to the favourite.

An example spread bet market might look something like this: Team A +5.5 vs. Team B -5.5

In this example, Team A is favourite to win by at least 6 points. This means that if you bet on Team A, you will win the bet if they beat Team B by 6 points or more. If you bet on Team B, then you will win the game as long as they lose the game by no more than 5 points (or if they win the game). The markets use half points to avoid a draw, but if the event does end in a draw then your bet is returned as a push.

Paralympics Totals Betting

You will find totals bets available on many different Paralympic events. The bets are often referred to as over/under bets, as you are betting on whether something will happen more or less than the designated number of times. For instance, you might be betting on what the total number of points will be scored in an event (that is the total scored by all competitors). For example, in a 5-a-side football game you may see Team A vs. Team B O/U 2.5.

In the above example, you would bet Over if you think that the two teams will score a combined total of at least 3 goals and you would bet Under if you think there will be 2 goals or less in the game. The market does not allow for the possibility of a draw, so if there is one your bet would be returned. The same over/under principle can be applied to many different factors, such as the total points scored by one team/player, the number of games dropped in a tennis match, the number of corners taken, and so on. It is a simple concept to understand and it opens up a huge number of betting possibilities.

Other Paralympic Betting Markets

There is a good chance that you will come across many other types of betting markets offered on Paralympic sports. For example, there may be a great range of prop bets to enjoy. Prop bets are bets on whether something will happen, but they are not usually linked to who will win. For example, you may be able to bet on whether a specific player will score or if the world record will be broken. There are player props, team props, and event props, and all of them are worth having a very close look at.

You may also come across special bets. These are similar in concept to prop bets, but they are usually things that have very little to do with sport and some of them are truly silly, such as how long it will take for one of the national anthems to be sung. The bets are essentially guesswork, but if you budget for them properly, they can be a lot of fun.

Another type of bet to be aware of is parlays. This is when you combine multiple bets into one. Essentially, you bet on two, three or more things, and you need to get them all right to win the bet. Obviously, this is fairly difficult to do, and as such parlay bets normally have very good odds so that if you do get it right, the payout could be substantial.

If there is a sport that you are interested in betting on at the Paralympics then the best thing to do is to spend some time studying all of the betting markets carefully. Remember, you can place as many bets as you wish, and this way cover many different outcomes.

Planning Your Paralympic Bets

While the Paralympics only come along every four years, your strategy for betting on them should be much the same as any other sport. It is all about doing the right kind of research for the event that you are betting on.

Of course, the right kind of research differs from event to event; however, it is still possible to apply a few basic principles. You can start with the obvious. Look at the athletes’/teams’ forms over the past season. You can look for trends in this; for instance, did they start slow and has their form been improving, suggesting that they are going to peak at the Paralympics? Of course, you also need to keep an eye out for injury news as this can have a huge impact on an athlete’s performance.

If it is an event that pits two athletes or teams against each other, you should also take a look at their head-to-head record. It is another opportunity to look for trends and while it is possible to read too much into historical results, they can be very valuable.

There are also external factors that should be considered, such as the weather. Rain or wind can make a big different to many different sports, so remember to check the weather forecast before placing your bets.

Nothing will ever guarantee that you win your bets, but by carrying out proper research and not just betting according to your instincts, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance of winning.

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