Vegas Sportsbooks Ready for Olympics

Back in February of 2015, the Nevada Gaming Commission decided to allow betting on the Olympic Games, more than a year ahead of the next scheduled events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With less than three months until the Summer Olympics officially commence in Rio, Sportsbook sportsbooks within the state have expanded the number of offerings from eight wagering options to 49, featuring a number of popular events.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is back for his third Olympics after winning gold in the 100 and 200 meters along with the 4x100 meter relay in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Bolt is one of the top athletes in the spotlight, and he is listed as a large -350 favorite (bet $350 to win $100) to win the 200 meters for a third time at Sportsbook. You can also wager “No” on Bolt winning the 200 with a return of +290 (bet $100 to win $290).

Of all the favorites on the men’s side though, American decathlete Ashton Eaton is the biggest chalk currently available at -700 to repeat in that grueling 10-event, two-day contest. Eaton won the gold medal in London and also holds the world record with 9,045 points scored in the 2015 World Championships held in Beijing last August. Bettors choosing to wager “No” on the possibility of Eaton repeating can get +500.

While Bolt and Eaton are each looking to repeat their past Olympic feats in Rio, one woman who has yet to win a gold medal is a bigger favorite than any athlete, including both of them. Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk is massive -1300 chalk following a disappointing second-place finish in London.

A 30-year-old native of Rawicz, Wlodarczyk is the current world record holder, and she is the only female to ever throw the hammer more than 80 meters. She won gold at the 2009 and 2015 World Championships before falling short in the Olympics four years ago by winning silver. Wlodarczyk lost to Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko then, and bettors who think she might end up finishing anything but first in Rio can get +800 odds.