AFL Grand Final Betting Promotions
Three million people watching on TV, 100,000 people in attendance and one of the biggest gambling events on the Australian sporting calendar - the AFL Grand Final is a huge betting event. And there are a lot of bookmaker promotions on the big game.
In addition to ongoing bookmaker specials throughout the year like same-game multis, early payouts, boosted odds and super margins, the AFL Grand Final will attract a full suite of promotions from bookmakers looking to attract your business on such a busy day.
Specials will typically target Norm Smith Medal markets, player exotics, first goalscorers and other popular bets for casuals. Keep a close eye on all the offerings in the lead up to the game and make sure you’re maximising your bets.
AFL Grand Final Betting Options
The number of betting options available to the AFL Grand Final are huge. Here is our guide to the most popular markets:
Win bet: this is as simple as it sounds and just requires you picking the correct winning team
Line bet: line or ‘spread’ betting requires punters to select the correct team after a points handicap has been issued by a bookmaker. For example, if Hawthorn is given +15.5 line against Sydney, which has a -15.5 line, it means that the bookmakers believe that Hawthorn is 15.5 points behind Sydney in betting. If Hawthorn loses by 15 points, they will COVER the line, but if they lose by 16 points, Sydney have covered the 15.5 handicap given to their opponents. The line bet is a popular bookmaker tool to even out the betting and put each team on an even keel before a match starts.
Margin bet: In addition to the line bet, bookmakers will also offer punters a number of options to choose from when it comes to the winning team and winning margin. An example of a winning margin is to wager on a team to win within 1-39 points. The odds for this margin may be slightly above a simple win bet, offering punters more value if they believe it will be a low-scoring game.
First goal: This market is exactly as advertised. If you can correctly select the first player to score a goal in a game, you’ll win. Odds for forwards are much shorter than midfielders, ruckmen and defenders. The first goal-scorer is an extremely-popular market for the AFL Grand Final.
Most goals: If you can select which player will kick the most goals in a game, you’ll take home the biscuits here. Obviously forwards are installed with the shortest odds in this market, but value can be had for goal-kicking midfielders and even defenders who swing forward. If two or more players tie for the most goals, the odds for the most goals player you initially bet on will be halved.
Most disposals: The most disposals market is typically fought out between 12-14 players on the field, split between the ‘strong’ Group A and the weaker Group B contestants. Punters must select the player from Group A or B that eclipses the other players in the group in terms of disposals to win the bet.
Norm Smith Medal: The Norm Smith Medal rewards the player that stood above the rest and performed on the biggest stage in the game – the AFL Grand Final. The Norm Smith goes to the best on ground in the finale and is voted on by a select group of media and ex-AFL players and champions.
AFL Grand Final Live Streaming
If, for some crazy reason, you can’t get yourself behind a television on Grand Final day, or you’re overseas and not able to tune into the free-to-air telecast on Channel 7, there are live stream options so you don’t have to miss the action.
Punters and fans overseas will be able to pay for a subscription to the AFL at watchafl.com, while punters looking for a live stream on their phones in Australia will be able to do so through the AFL Live app - but for a small fee.
AFL Grand Final News
Make sure that before you bet on the AFL Grand Final, you’re doing so fully informed about form, injuries and the patterns in betting and moving odds. Keep an eye on our news section as we keep an eye on all the crucial goings-on that will have an effect on your betting.