In one of the most anticipated series in recent years, State of Origin 2017 kicks off tonight as the New South Blues take on the Queensland Maroons at the iconic Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The current market odds have New South Wales as the slight favorites at $1.86, even having lost 9 of the past 10 series. Queensland, playing at home, goes into this match in unfamiliar territory as the outsider at $1.97 despite their recent decade of dominance.
There has been no questioning who the William Hill punters are favoring with one-way traffic for Laurie Daley’s men resulting in over 80% of turnover backing a Blues victory.
The big punters haven’t missed either, with early bets of $20,000 @ $1.90 and $23,000 @ $1.88 coming for New South Wales to win in the Head to Head market.
William Hill’s Director of Trading Johnny Aitken thinks the game will be a tight one with points to come at a premium.
“It’s amazing to again be cheering for a Queensland victory as the punters truckload onto New South Wales with all the serious money for them at $1.90 and $1.88. Internally we are expecting a very defense driven game, with the total match points (currently 32.0 points) likely to go under like it has in all recent series openers”.
In a reflection of William Hill’s dedication to offer their customers the most comprehensive and detailed betting experience possible there are over 209 different betting options for our clients to use on tonight’s blockbuster. This clearly puts William Hill in top position in terms of markets offered amongst Australian bookmakers, doubling that of the TAB.
In addition, William Hill is also offering a unique proposition via the BuildABet feature that allows customers to request a customized bet and William Hill to frame the relevant market. With nearly 50 of these markets already live on site, this number is set to reach well into triple figures by kick-off.