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2017 NRL Dally M Medal betting

Dally M Medal NRL AustraliaThe most prestigious individual award available to NRL players is the Dally M medal: it is the equivalent of the AFL’s Brownlow or the NBA’s MVP.

The Dally M medal is named after Herbert Henry “Dally” Messenger. Messenger was an early pioneer for rugby league in Australia having played for the Eastern Suburbs (Roosters), New Zealand, Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Messenger was clearly a jack of all trades and a star center.

First conceived in 1980 by the Daily Telegraph, the Dally M Medal was considered the second-highest single player’s award, behind only the Rothman’s Medal. That all changed in 1998 after the ARL and Australian Super League joined forces from a bitter split, to create the NRL. From then on the Dally M Medal was the premier players award available.

Current North Queensland Cowboys halfback Jonathan Thurston holds the record for the most Dally M Medal’s with his collection of four.

Best bookies to bet with on the Dally M

We trust the following bookies with our Dally M medal bets. It is always worth having multiple bookie accounts and getting the most bang for your buck.

Dally M odds

Anthony Milford – $3.50
Jonathan Thurston – $4.50
Josh Hodgson – $7
Cameron Smith – $12
Jason Taumalolo – $13

Anthony Milford – $3
Jonathan Thurston – $4.50
Josh Hodgson – $9
Andrew Fifita – $11
Cooper Cronk – $13

Anthony Milford – $3
Jonathan Thurston – $4.40
Josh Hodgson – $9
Cooper Cronk – $13
Corey Norman $13

How does the Dally M medal work?

At the end of each game of NRL played, commentators across several news mediums and channels, award three, two and one point to the players they feel performed the best during the game. The votes are publicized up until round 16, then the voting is kept under wraps. If a player is suspended, they will suffer a penalty of losing three Dally M votes for each week they are under suspension.

The Medal is awarded to the player with the single highest personal score at the end of the regular season of NRL. The award ceremony is held at Sydney’s Star casino.

There are a number of other awards handed out prior to the Dally M on the night. These are:

A Team of the Year is also announced with the best players from each position named. This is traditionally the team that is first picked for the Kangaroos, but with more Kiwi and internationals running around in the NRL it has gone by the wayside.

How do I bet on the Dally M?

Betting on the Dally M Medal is a breeze these days. Simply log on to one of our recommended online bookies, go to the NRL page on their site and locate the NRL futures betting markets and locate the Dally M Medal markets.

From there simply make your bet, sit back and watch heaps of footy.

Dally M betting tips

First and foremost be aware of who is in the lead of the Dally M tally at the end of round 16, because that is when points given are kept secret. From there the best way to keep informed is to simply watch the NRL. Each game ask yourself a couple of simple questions: who was the man of the match? Who made the most metres?

You can find out who the Dally M judges are for that year and follow them on Twitter or watch them on TeeVee or read their newspaper stories or columns for clues as to who impressed them during each round.

Even set up your own points tally on your fridge to gauge who may be leading the points.

The best tip though is to look around for the best price for the bet you want to make. As shown above, the odds can differ greatly from bookie to bookie, so don’t be afraid to shop around to get the best value for yourself and the bet you want to make.

Last 20 Dally M winners

Here is a list of the past 20 years worth of Dally M medal winners and the club they play for:

2016 – dual winners: Jason Taumalolo (NQ Cowboys) and Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
2015 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2014 – dual winners: Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys) and Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
2013 – Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
2012 – Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs)
2011 – Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
2010 – Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters)
2009 – Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
2008 – Matt Orford (Manly Sea Eagles)
2007 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2006 – Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
2005 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2004 – Danny Buderus (Newcastle Knights)
2003 – Dally M medal was not awarded due to industrial action
2002 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
2001 – Preston Campbell (Cronulla Sharks)
2000 – Trent Barrett (St George Dragons)
1999 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
1998 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
1997 – Award not presented due to the ARL/Super League fiasco
1996 – Alan Langer (Brisbane Broncos)

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