Top Betting Props for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 9, 2016 in

Now that the Rio Summer Olympics are underway, it’s time to start talking about some of the best Olympic betting props available for those who want to make a little money off the action down in the Southern Hemisphere. Sure, we all knew (or at least hoped) that Gisele Bundchen would make a gorgeous appearance at the opening ceremonies (and we were right, thankfully). Now, let’s take a look at some of the other props that could bring in some money.

Top Betting Props for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Total Gold Medals Won: United States (41.5) (Over -165)

Now that Michael Phelps has already won his 19th gold medal in history (10 more than the next biggest winner), a lot of the USA fans feel like an expected winner has kept a tradition going. However, when Ginny Thrasher blew everyone away (no pun intended) by winning the very first gold medal of the entire Games by nailing down the 10-meter air rifle competition, it seems like the USA could easily dominate these Games at an entirely new level. With the women’s gynmastics team making mincemeat of the qualification round and US swimmer Katie Ledecky already smashing the 400-meter freestyle record, it definitely looks like a big summer for the Stars and Stripes.

 

Here are some other medal over/unders for you to consider.

China (34.5) (Over -150)
Germany (15.5) (Under -125)
Japan (12.5) (Under -125)
Australia (12.5) (Over -220)
France (12.5) (Over -120)
South Korea (10.5) (Over -115)
Italy (7.5) (Under -135)
Brazil (6.5) (Over -180)
Canada (5.5) (Under -185)

A quick note on Brazil — the host nation definitely expects gold from its men’s soccer team, since Neymar is young enough to play on the Under-23 squad. However, Brazil opened group play with scoreless draws against both Iraq and South Africa, and if they can’t beat Denmark, they might not make it out of group play at all, which would be a stunning humiliation. If they can’t take soccer gold, I don’t see them cracking the “over” on this prop.

 

This takes us to another interesting prop: the odds in women’s volleyball. Brazil, the host team, is the favorite at 5-4 odds. However, Team USA sits right behind them at 5-2. The Chinese team, the third highest favorite with 4-1 odds, took a five-set loss from the Netherlands, which is not known for being a volleyball powerhouse. Even so, that’s why they have pool play instead of launching right into bracket play, and the Chinese have a chance to make things right in their second game against Italy, who lost their opener in three sets. Meanwhile, the next test for the Netherlands is Team USA, who will find out whether the Dutch are for real or whether the win over China was a fluke.

Either way, these are interesting times down in Rio, and there are plenty of opportunities for bettors to take advantage with some cool prop bets