This weekend will feature plenty of Olympic events and below we have identified five that are not only worthy of watching but wagering as well. Let’s check out the Olympic odds and keep cashing those tickets!
Unfortunately most of us won’t be watching this one but when we wake up the following morning we can start the day with a few more bucks than we had before we went to bed. The Swedish women are far superior to their Japanese counterparts and laying 2 ½ goals in our Olympic picks won’t be an issue, particularly when the books will be rewarding our courageous prediction with +260 on the puck line. Don’t sweat it – just bet it.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 6:00 AM - Women's 3000 Meters Speed Skating - Gold Medal WinnerFree Olympic Pick: Martina Sablikova +270Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Ireen Wust (Netherlands) wins women's 3000M gold +160
Martina Sablikova (Czech) wins women’s 3000M gold +270
Miho Takagi (Japan) wins women's 3000M gold +550
Antoinet De Jong (Netherlands) wins women's 3000M gold +600
Martina Sablikova will get the gold here and at odds of +270 we believe we are getting the best skater for a very good price. The 30-year-old veteran has been an Olympic and world champion in the past and is poised to add another gold medal to her ever expanding collection.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:10 AM - South Korea vs Switzerland – Women’s Ice HockeyFree Olympic Pick: South Korea +2 ½ (-135)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
South Korea is 12-3 in their last 15 games when playing on two day’s rest but we don’t need them to beat Switzerland, just stay within a two goal margin so we can cover the number. Switzerland is not a powerhouse and of eight women’s teams competing, they are ranked sixth coming into this Olympic tournament. South Korea is No. 8 but is good enough to hang and bang with a relatively pedestrian Swiss squad. Back South Korea at +2 ½ (-135).
Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:30 PM - Women's Slopestyle Snowboarding – Gold Medal WinnerFree Olympic Pick: Reira Iwabuchi +600Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Jamie Anderson (USA) wins women's slopestyle +225
Julia Marino (USA) wins women's slopestyle +325
Reira Iwabuchi (Japan) wins women's slopestyle +600
Enni Rukajarvi (Finland) wins women's slopestyle +650
Sixteen-year-old Reira Iwabuchi is being overlooked as evidenced by the +600 Olympic odds being hung on the young Japanese upstart. She dominated a field of US and international elites by taking first with a combined score of 169.25 at the US Grand Prix event held back in December at Copper Mountain. Among those she vanquished was Julia Marino who is actually favored over Iwabuchi in this event. Looks like value to me.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00 AM - Men's 5000 Meters Speed Skating - Gold Medal WinnerFree Olympic Pick: Sven Kramer -460Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Sven Kramer (Netherlands) wins men's 5000M gold -460
Ted-Jan Bloemen (Netherlands) wins men's 5000M gold +500
Bob de Vries (Netherlands) wins men's 5000M gold +1100
The Dutch skaters should get gold, silver, and bronze in this event but undeniably the best of the big three is Sven Kramer. At 6’2” he has an enormous stride and should be a lock for this event. However the odds are steep on Kramer at -460, which make this selection better suited to a leg in a parlay as opposed to a straight bet but that’s your decision. As for mine, Kramer will make my parlay that much fatter.