State of Origin 2011 Team Betting Markets

May 19th, 2011

Controversy continues to surround the selection of the 2011 State of Origin teams for the opening State v State clash next Wednesday night, May 25.

The Blues and Maroons’ squad line-ups have also had a dramatic impact on those all important State of Origin Betting markets as NRL fans work themselves up into a frenzy leading up to Origin kick-off.

After their three-from-three whitewash in the 2010 State of Origin, which was the Maroons fifth straight series win, Queensland are the predictable favourites to make it six straight this season and once and for all stamp their authority on the premier Rugby League tournament in the world.

Don’t just back your state in a head-to-head wager, get in on the great Luxbet exotics like who will score the first try in Origin game one!

Instead of banking on Barry from accounting to ever come good on that ‘IOU a carton of beer’ from last year’s State of Origin series, NRL betting fans and supporters can actually win some real cash from their Origin bets thanks to online bookmakers.

Currently the Queensland Maroons are $1.46 favourites to win State of Origin Game 1 at their home ground, the iconic Suncorp Stadium, next Wednesday and are shorter again to take out the series sitting at around $1.40 in the Luxbet markets.

There is a lot riding on the Canetoads to perform, not only for the boasting rights over the boys in blue, but to send off immortal captain Darren Lockyer on a high who plays his swansong NRL season this year.

Brisbane legend Locky lines up for his incredible 35th Origin appearance in game one, leading out the Maroons once again as he gets set to become the most capped player in Origin history.

Experience is definitely on the Maroons’ side this year, other veterans in the State of Origin arena named in the 2011 team for game one including fullback Billy Slater, halfback Jonathan Thurston, hooker Cameron Smith and warhorse Petero Civoniceva.

Still, there are plenty of Blues supporters actually backing their team with some confidence this year and getting some juicy odds on a New South Wales upset.

Earlier markets open before the State of Origin team announcements had the New South Welshman as long $4 but after Blues coach Ricky Stewart named a much shaken-up squad, this price has firmed into $2.95 at Luxbet for the men South of the Tweed to take out the Origin series shield.

While Queensland have just two on Origin debut this year, New South Wales have five reps lining up in the Blues jersey for the first time including Canberra Raider’s gun fullback Josh Dugan who was named ahead of the axed Jarryd Hayne to don the No. 1.

With Dugan on debut and Slater a veteran for the Maroons, there are certainly some interesting match-ups to look forward to come game time.

A great way to get in on the elite Origin action is to check out the exotic State of Origin Odds, including the Tryscoring Matchup Market at Luxbet between Slater and Dugan, Josh a juicy $4.25 to outscore Billy.

There’s also a debutant winger v debutant winger showdown between Jharal Yow Yeh for Queensland against Akulia Uate for New South, Bronco’s flying youngster Yow Yeh the narrow $3.25 favourite ahead of Uate at $3.40 through Luxbet to post the most points.

These are just some of the examples of the huge range of State of Origin team betting markets available now at Luxbet and before prices shorten in the countdown to the Mate v Mate battle, now is the time to show your support.

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