For the first time ever, Pennsylvanians can dive into the Olympics like never before, with odds available on virtually every event.
The offerings are simply astounding, giving sports bettors nearly non-stop betting options once the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics begins on Friday, July 23. DraftKings Sportsbook already has odds posted on 133 different competitions, along with prop bet pricing as well.
NBC and its affiliated channels will be broadcasting the action with both live and repeat coverage since Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the United States’ eastern time zone.
And in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks’ Pick Play, we’ll get you ready for it all with a rundown of the offerings, odds, and most intriguing events.
Can I bet on the 2021 Olympics in PA?
Yes, you can! PA sports betting sites launched in 2019, making the 2021 Tokyo Olympics the first Olympiad that will be eligible for sports betting in the state. The Olympics were originally scheduled for last summer, but the COVID pandemic forced them to be postponed.
Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee announced that spectators will not be allowed at the events due to a COVID state of emergency in the host country, so everyone will be watching from home.
“Many people were looking forward to watching the games at the venues, but I would like everyone to fully enjoy watching the games on TV at home,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told ESPN.
Fortunately, in Pennsylvania you can bet on the Olympics right here. In addition to numerous offerings from the state’s sportsbooks, you can expect a number of promotions, boosted wagers, and other incentives as well.
Some of the most noteworthy events include:
- Men’s/Women’s Basketball
- Beach Volleyball
- Men’s/Women’s Soccer
- 3-on-3 Basketball
- Track and Field
You can find the full listing of offerings and events at DraftKings Sportsbook.
How many medals will the Americans win?
DraftKings Sportsbook has the total medals for the United States set at 111.5. The over is priced at -134, with the under listed at -106. The total for U.S. gold medals is set at 42.5. Medal totals are available for almost every other country as well.
DraftKings also has a prop bet for the nation with the most gold medals. The United States is the favorite at -1000. The rest of the top five are as follows:
- China: +600
- Japan: +2000
- Great Britain: +2500
- Russia: +25000
Where will the United States shine brightest?
Women’s soccer is a safe bet for some success. DraftKings Sportsbook has the U.S. Women’s Soccer team as the favorites in the event with odds of -125. Great Britain is next at +500.
Both U.S. basketball teams are also heavy favorites. On the men’s side, the Americans are -560 with Spain, who will have NBA brothers Pau and Marc Gasol on the roster, second at +600. On the women’s side, the USA is an even bigger favorite, with odds of -1250. Australia is next at +1100.
On Friday, USA Basketball revealed the uniforms the men’s and women’s teams will be wearing on the court.
Three-on-three basketball will also make its debut at the 2021 Olympics. The US did not have a men’s team qualify for the event, but a women’s team featuring WNBA players Stefanie Dolson, Kelsey Plum, Allisha Gray and Katie Lou Samuelson is a favorite. That team is priced at +110, ahead of France, who is next at +300.
How to follow the 2021 Olympics
NBC and its affiliated networks are home to the Tokyo Olympics. You can also find a wealth of information, including event schedules, television coverage, sport updates, and medal counts, on NBC’s Olympics page.
Start the countdown: Tokyo Olympics less than two weeks away
After a one-year delay, the Olympic Games are finally approaching. The Opening Ceremony starts at 6:55 a.m. on Friday, July 23.
And Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks are plenty prepared, with a full slate of offerings on every event.
Fans can root for their home country. And bet on the games for the first time ever in Pennsylvania.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip