The National Rugby League, or NRL, is one of Australia’s biggest footballing codes and arguably the most recognisable league competition in the world.
The NRL attracts the best players from around the world to strut their stuff in the premier competition on the planet, with the fiercest hits, biggest bodies and unrivalled passion.
Online bookmakers place great emphasis on getting their advertising right for the sport, with betting placements spread throughout the game coverage on television and radio.
This guide will take you through the best online sites to place bets, tips on how to bet and all the information you need to make an informed and most importantly winning wager on the NRL.
Best online bookmaker sites for NRL odds
One of the undisputed heavyweights of online sports betting in this country is Sportsbet.com.au, which leads the way for NRL money-back specials, player props and all-round market range from week to week.
Another very sound option is BetEasy.com.au, where the pooled resources of the now-defunct CrownBet and William Hill Australia brands have spawned a top-shelf online bookie that boasts a superior rewards program, dozens of weekly betting specials and competitive odds across the board.
Then there is Betfair.com.au – a genuine online betting exchange that allows punters to set the odds and bet against one another without the need of a bookmaker.
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2019 NRL season betting and predictions
The 2018 campaign was hotly contested at the top, with only two points separating first place from eighth at the end of the home and away season. Melbourne Storm rose again to reach their third NRL Grand Final in a row, but the Sydney Roosters rained all over Billy Slater’s farewell parade to claim their third premiership of the 21st century.
Unsurprisingly, the Chooks are early favourites for the 2019 title. Storm remain in the mix despite the dissolution of their vaunted Big Three, with the Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs also well liked by the bookies. At the other end of the spectrum, Gold Coast Titans and Manly Sea Eagles are setting the pace in a wide-open market for the wooden spoon.
Latest NRL Premiership odds
6th of October 2019
Rugby league betting options
Head to head: This type of bet is simply backing one team to beat the other without any handicaps.
Margin betting: This is generally a bet type the bookie will put up which allows you to choose a margin that you think a team will win by. For instance you might get the Raiders to beat the Storm by more than 10+ points at $4.50. For your bet to be successful you would need Raiders to win by 11 points or more.
Line betting: Line betting is a form of handicap wagering, which gives Team A and Team B a head start or handicap with ‘the line’ being where the two teams meet at equal odds. Greater emphasis has been placed on line betting by top new betting sites like Pointsbet.
First try scorer: One of the more popular bets in all of sports betting. The first try scorer bet can also be placed as a team vs. team bet, so if you pick a particular player from the away team to score the first try and the home team cross the line first, your bet is still alive whilst your team remains try-less.
Another interesting variant on the try market is head-to-head most tries which places two particular players from opposing sides against each other with odds to match with the objective of selecting the player who can chalk up the most four pointers to their name for the match.
Will the match go to extra-time bet: It is not uncommon for NRL matches to go past the 80 minutes, especially when two top teams are slugging it out, but due to a perceived scarcity of drawn games over the distance, bookmakers will offer huge odds on an extra time result.
How many teams are in the NRL?
The top grade of rugby league in Australia has seen dozens of clubs come and go down the years. As of 2018, the NRL features 16 teams spanning five regions – 10 from NSW, three from Queensland and one each from the ACT, Victoria and New Zealand.
How to fund an NRL betting account
Most NRL betting websites support multiple options for you to deposit your money. Tap on the tabs below to find out more.
- The most popular method of deposit and is available on every Australian sports betting website. All transactions are secure and money can be transferred to and from your card once your account is verified.
- POLi is Australia’s most popular real-time debt payment system. Money is debited from your account and transferred straight into your online bookmaking account.
- PayPal is one of the world’s most popular online spending systems and the largest online payment company. By linking a credit card, debit card, or bank account to PayPal, users can make transactions over the web without exposing sensitive details to operators.
- BPAY debts work exactly the same as you would pay a utility or phone bill. Depending on when the transaction is completed, however, the money can be delayed going into your account. Each website will have its own unique BPAY transaction number and biller code.
Can I bet on NRL internationally?
Rugby League is truly an international sport, derived in England and played all around the world, and given that NRL is one of the most popular rugby league competitions on the planet, it is no surprise every bookmaker that values their place in the industry will have multiple markets each weekend on the NRL.
Bet365.com is one bookmaker that has a truly global footprint and accepts punters from most countries around the world. This means you can wager from places as far flung as India, United Kingdom, all over Europe and many other places. If you are based out of the USA your best bet to wager on the NRL is Bovada and BetOnline.
Is it legal to bet on the NRL?
Australia has a fully regulated sports betting industry with most of the premier bookies being based out of the Northern Territory. As long as you are 18 years of age you can legally bet on the NRL.
Customer service at Aussie bookies
Top Aussie bookies such as Sportsbet offer both phone and live chat customer service to anyone who is having trouble placing a bet.
The live chat is ideal for people on the go who want real-time knowledge they can insert into their betting slip, but is only operational during their standardised hours, typically 9am to 10pm Eastern Standard Time.
The phone customer service gives punters who want the more personal touch the opportunity to speak to a real person in real-time. Note: due to live-betting legislation in Australia, it is only possible to place a live bet on a match over the phone.
The phone service for all Aussie online bookies is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be able to help you in every situation, including when the online site is down for maintenance.
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