The 2018 Commonwealth Games

2018 Commonwealth GamesFor many punters and sports fans, the Commonwealth Games is one of the most anticipated sporting events, mainly because it offers a wide selection of sports and plenty of betting opportunities. Held every 4 years, this event is a multi-sport event involving athletes from current and former commonwealth nations. While there are officially only 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, a total of 71 teams participate, with various territories competing under one flag.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. After winning the bid in 2011, the Gold Coast has been upgrading their sports facilities in preparation, even though this is the 5th time Australia has hosted the event. What makes the Commonwealth Games so impressive is the sheer size of the event and the number of participants. Kicking off on the 4th of April and running to the 15th, this years event will feature 275 different events with 18 sports and more than 5000 athletes competing for glory.

The Sports

In each event, the first, second and third place finishers will receive a Commonwealth medal of Gold, Silver and Bronze. The first ever Commonwealth Games has held in 1930 when it was known as the British Empire Games. Since then, it has been held every four years, except for 1942 and 1946 when it was cancelled due to the Second World War.

As well as incorporating many of the Summer Olympics sports, the event also includes Commonwealth specific sports such as lawn bowls and Netball. This year, there are a total of 18 sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Diving, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Powerlifting, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Betting Opportunities

With over 270 events taking place over a span of 11 days, it means that there are plenty of betting opportunities to look forward to. With each event punters can place bets on which nation will pick up Bronze, Silver or Gold. With team events, there is also the opportunity to bet on halves or place prop bets. There’s also a theoretical winner, meaning the country that wins the most medals. At the previous round in Glasgow, England took the honours. However, Australia has dominated overall, winning ever competition from 1990 through to 2010.

If you are keen to place an outright bet or wager on any of the individual events, you can find all you need at top-rated betting sites such as William Hill, 888 Sport, Winner Sports, Titan Bet and Betway Sports.