Olympic Volleyball Betting
Appearing first as a demonstration sport at the 1924 Olympics, Volleyball became an official medal sport in the 1968 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the first gold medal was won by the Soviet Union. The game is played by two teams of six players on a court that is centrally divided by a high net. Teams score points by grounding the ball (which means getting it to make contact with the floor) in the court of the opposing team. A Volleyball match consists of five sets and the team winning the best of five sets wins the match.
There are two Olympic Volleyball events, one for men and one for women, and each of these has two phases. First, there is a preliminary phase. All teams are divided into two groups and each team in a group has to play every other team in that same group. The best teams in each group after all preliminary matches have been played then progress to the second phase of the event, which has a knockout format. In this phase, teams compete with each other to stay in the tournament, until eventually just two teams are left to play for the gold medal in the final.
Volleyball is quite similar to Tennis for betting purposes. Some of the main betting markets you can expect to find are fairly obvious – you can bet on which team will win the gold medal in the event or on which nation will win the most medals when the results of both the men’s and women’s events are combined.
Other markets focus on tournament progression and individual matches. As far as tournament progression is concerned you can bet on whether a team will qualify for the knockout stage, which team will fare best in the preliminary phase, whether or not a team will reach the final, and so on. For individual matches you can bet on which team will win the match, what the final score of the match will be in terms of sets (for example, 3-1) or even on how long a match will last in terms of time.
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