Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Sky Bet Releases New 'Champion After' Markets

Sky Bet has published new 'Champions After' markets following recent WWE title changes.

The first is a 'Universal Champion After Seth Rollins' market.

As of the time of writing, Rollins' tag team partner - Braun Strowman - is an 11/10 favourite to be the Beast Slayer's successor.

The list continues with names like AJ Styles (2/1), Brock Lesnar (5/2), Drew McIntyre (10/3) and Roman Reigns (7/1) in the upper part while selections like Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose and Titus O'Neil are at the bottom in the 100/1 zone.

There is also a market to bet on the next WWE Women's Tag Team Champions following Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.

WWE Women's Tag Team Champions After Bliss and Cross Betting

The favourites are The Kabuki Warriors at 11/8 while the former titleholders - The IIconics - are 2/1. The first titleholders of this version of the championship - Bayley and Sasha Banks - are 33/1.

On last night's episode of Raw, the team of Gallows and Anderson dropped the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship to the aforementioned Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman.

The former champs top the market in which customers can wager on who will be next to hold the titles. 

Raw Tag Team Champions After Rollins and Strowman Betting

As you can see, Gallows and Anderson are 10/11, which is fair considering it's likely that Rollins and Strowman are holding the straps to lead to them breaking off and feuding for the WWE Universal Championship.

Sky Bet's KOTR Winner Odds For August 20th And More

Sky Bet has republished its WWE King of the Ring 2019 Winner market following last night's first round matches that saw Samoa Joe and Cedric Alexander progress to the quarter-finals.

Sky Bet's King of the Ring 2019 Winner Market

Joe has stayed at 10/1, but Alexander's price has been cut from 8/1 into 9/2 following last night's win against Sami Zayn.

Two other selections have moved in since yesterday's post and they are Andrade and Baron Corbin. The former has lowered from 5/1 into 9/2 while Corbin has dipped to 3/1 from 7/2.

Drew McIntyre remains at the top of the board. However, he shares this spot, as a 5/2 joint-favourite, with a new addition to the market - Shane McMahon. I shuddered after writing the last sentence as it reminded me of the World Cup tournament from last year.

In the most recent post, I shared my predicted bracket. I had Joe and Alexander to progress, so that worked out okay. I would say it's so far so good, but there were a few things on last night's Raw that had be concerned about the chances of my overall pick - Drew McIntyre.

The first thing that stood out to me is he is being touted by commentators as the favoutite. He was even named by Booker T as a potential winner.

Another thing that stood out to me is the result of the tag match which saw Ricochet and The Miz beat Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre.

At the close - Ricochet pinned Corbin, so - now that we have the visual of Ricochet pinning Corbin - I have a feeling Corbin and Ricochet could meet in Raw's semi-final with Corbin going over.

Until then, I will remain hopeful that McIntyre goes on to become king.

Albeit slightly less than I have been for the past week.

Monday, 19 August 2019

My KOTR Bracket

With the King of the Ring tournament beginning on tonight's edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, I thought I'd share with you my tournament bracket.

To be fair - after I completed it, I looked over it and thought to myself that it seems far too obvious considering who I have in the final.

King of the Ring 2019 Bracket Predictions

As soon as the tournament was announced, Drew McIntyre became my favourite to win. I've stuck with The Scottish Psycopath even after seeing him draw Ricochet in the first round.

KOTR 2019 Betting Update For August 19th

Here are the current King of the Ring betting odds from both Sky Bet and William Hill.

Sky Bet
There have been three price reductions made to the market since I wrote about it a day ago.

Baron Corbin, who has declined from 16/1 since the first day of wagering, is now at 7/2 second-favourite.

Andrade, who started off at 10s on Thursday afternoon, is now at 5/1.

The biggest drop has been in favour of Cedric Alexander. He was 66/1 yesterday, but is now at 8/1.

Sky Bet's King of the Ring 2019 Betting Odds As Of August 19th

William Hill
Three names have lowered in William Hill's market as well. However, they are completely different selections to the moves at Sky Bet.

Drew McIntyre remains a favourite, but his price is now at 5/2 from 3/1.

Cesaro - who was 50/1 yesterday - has been cut into 16/1.

The third and final selection with shorter odds than this time yesterday is Cesaro, who has lowered from 33/1 to 20s.

William Hill's King of the Ring 2019 Betting Odds As Of August 19th

AEW Debut On TNT Betting Update For August 19th

Kambi's market - in which customers can place bets on the average rating that All Elite Wrestling's debut episode on TNT - has been readjusted.

I wrote about the special in a post published a week ago. In it, I pointed out I have a very strong feeling AEW will get 'Under 0.75 Million' viewers for its TNT debut by looking at how low the AEW, Young Bucks' Being The Elite worldwide social media numbers are when contrasted with other social media celebrities. For a company that's built off social media, I believe that should not be overlooked when trying to predict how well the debut show performs on US TV.

There has been an even bigger development since Monday's post and that is about NXT potentially going head-to-head with AEW on that night. When I last wrote about the market, it was looking like Fox Sports 1 would be the destination, but - according to reports - the USA Network will home NXT instead.

That makes it even more intriguing as USA and TNT are kind of on the same level playing field when it comes to audience reach. FS1's reach is shorter than TNT's.

Anyway, after thinking about it for the last few days, I thought I would have a gamble on the show doing lower than 749,999 average viewers on October 2nd.

It's a gamble.

AEW appears to selling out all of its shows, so - on the surface - there does appear to be interest in the product despite the worldwide social media numbers forcing me to expect a low turnout when it comes to TV performance on October 2nd.

The 'Under' selection is now down from 11/10 to 17/20. As a result, the bookies have moved the other options up.

'0.75-1.49 Million' has increased from 5/4 to 13/10 and '1.5 Million Or More' has moved to 7/4 from 7/5.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

KOTR 2019 Betting Update For August 18th

I have visited the King of the Ring 2019 outright winner markets at both Sky Bet and William Hill and have noted the changes that have been made to them since yesterday.

Sky Bet
In the market from Sky Bet, one selection is showing a shorter price than a little over twenty-four hours ago and it's the one for a Baron Corbin win.

The selection has been cut from 6/1 into 4/1 while Kevin Owens (9/2 to 5/1) and Ricochet (6/1 to 7/1) have drifted out.

Even though I haven't made the adjustment in the image below, Corbin now moves up to second-favourite while Owens replaces him in third.

Sky Bet's King of the Ring 2019 Betting Odds

William Hill
Corbin's price has also lowered with William Hill.

William Hill's King of the Ring Betting Odds

As you can see, the selection has dropped from 9/2 into 3/1. As a result, Kevin Owens has drifted out to 9/2 from 7/2 and the favourite - Drew McIntyre - is now 3/1 from 5/2.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

William Hill's KOTR Odds For August 17th

Here are the William Hill Sportsbook's WWE King of the Ring outright winner odds as of 7:30PM BST this evening.

William Hill's WWE King of the Ring Odds As Of August 17th 2019

I last wrote about these prices in a post published a day ago. This was shortly before WWE announced the brackets for the tournament. There have been a number of changes made since this announcement.

Seven of the participants' prices have shortened. They are:
  • Kevin Owens 6/1 to 7/2
  • Baron Corbin 11/2 to 9/2
  • Andrade 8/1 to 6/1
  • Ali 14/1 to 10/1
  • Buddy Murphy 20/1 to 16/1
  • Cedric Alexander 50/1 to 20/1
  • Chad Gable 100/1 to 66/1
Of those that have drifted, the most interesting - in my opinion - is that of the favourite: Drew McIntyre.

As you can view in the table above, McIntyre was a 3/1 favourite when I first came across the market on Thursday evening. He was then down to 7/4 at about this time yesterday evening and is now up to 5/2.

Prices correct as of 7:30PM BST and taken from William Hill's TV/Specials Page.

Sky Bet's KOTR Odds For Saturday August 17th

Sky Bet - King of the Ring Outright Winner Betting Odds

I've just had a look at Sky Bets' outright winner market for the upcoming WWE King of the Ring tournament in order to compare the current prices with those from yesterday afternoon.

Of all the selections, the one that is showing a price shorter than lunchtime on Friday is Andrade. He is now 8/1, which is down from 9/1 and the 10/1 from the day before that.

Andrade is set to face Apollo Crews in the first round (if WWE sticks to its current bracket) and, if he goes over, will then face the winner out of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin.

On paper, it does look like an easy route to the semi-finals on the Smackdown side of the bracketing.

As a result of Andrade's price being lowered, the bookies have moved Elias up to 10/1. He's set to meet Kevin Owens in their first round with the winner of that match moving on to face the winner out of Ali and Buddy Murphy.

Friday, 16 August 2019

WWE Releases KOTR Tournament Bracket

King of the Ring 2019 Tournament Bracket

WWE has revealed the brackets for the King of the Ring tournament that begins on TV next week.

On the Raw side, the opening matches will be:

Cesaro .vs. Samoa Joe
Ricochet .vs. Drew McIntyre

Cedric Alexander .vs. Sami Zayn
The Miz .vs. Baron Corbin

On the other side, with matches that will take place on Smackdown, they have:

Kevin Owens .vs. Elias
Ali .vs. Buddy Murphy

Chad Gable .vs. Shelton Benjamin
Apollo Crews .vs. Andrade

The biggest match at this stage has to be Ricochet versus Drew McIntyre only because it's a match containing two names at the top of betting markets.

Kambi's KOTR Markets Published

The oddsmakers from Kambi published a plethora of King of the Ring betting markets today.

Along with the 'Tournament Winner' market that you'd expect from a bookmaker with KOTR betting opportunities, the bookies have also included markets in which customers can place bets on the winner from the Raw and Smackdown sides of the tournament.

Drew McIntyre is 13/10 to be the overall winner. He's 4/6 to be Raw's representative in the final while Kevin Owens is 9/10 to be the finalist from the blue brand.

And there's more.

Other markets that can be found are:

- An alphabetical proposition market where clients can bet on the first initial of the tournament winner. There are three selections (A-B, C-D or E-Z)
- Brand of winner
- Nationality of winner
- Age of winner (the options are '34 years or less' and '35 years or more')
- Best finishing position head-to-heads
- Stage of elimination wagering for all the announced participants

As well as those, and I will get into them in the next day or so, there is a 'Group Betting' market in which people can bet on the winner as part of a group.

There are three to choose from. They are:

- TOP BABYFACES (Ali, Cedric Alexander, Kevin Owens, Ricochet and The Miz)
- TOP HEELS (Andrade, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Elias and Samoa Joe)
- OTHERS (Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Sami Zayn and Shelton Benjamin)

The 'Top Babyface' group is 23/20, the 'Top Heel' selection is 1/3 and those that fall into the 'Others' category are 7/1.

The markets can be found on any of the websites with Kambi's WWE/Pro Wrestling markets. An example can be found on the link below.

William Hill's KOTR Odds For August 16th

It has been over a day since I published a post looking at the William Hill Sportsbook's King of the Ring market and thought I'd publish a short update to note the changes that have been made.

William Hill's WWE King of the Ring Betting Odds

Drew McIntyre, Ricochet and Baron Corbin have all had their prices reduced over the past day and a bit.

McIntyre remains a favourite, but his odds have been moved to 7/4 from 3/1 while Baron Corbin is now 11/2 from 13/2.

Ricochet has lowered from 8/1 into 9/2 second-favourite. Earlier today, a friend of mine from Australia sent across a screen capture of an Australian sportsbook that opened with Ricochet as a 2/1 fave, so it was interesting to see his price lowered over here.

William Hill's WWE markets can be found under 'TV/Specials' on the Sportsbook's Website.

How Kambi Settled Its G1 Climax 29 Observer Head-to-Head Markets

In the weeks leading up to this year's NJPW G1 Climax tournament, the oddsmakers from Kambi created three head-to-head markets in which customers could place bets on how opposing matches would fare in Dave Meltzer's reviews inside the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The first head-to-head had two of Will Ospreay's matches competing against each other. One was for the night seven match against Kazuchika Okada and the other was for night 11's bout with Zack Sabre Junior.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Head-to-Head Betting

The bookies had the ZSJ match as a 17/20 favourite when the market opened on June 26th. The Okada match was 11/10 and the selection to bet on both matches receiving the 'Same Star Rating' was 43/20.

The night seven match with Okada - as we now know - was the match of the tournament. It was awarded five-and-three-quarters in Meltzer's review, so it should really go without saying that it won against the four-and-a-half stars the Sabre match received.

This market was settled when the August 5th issue of the Observer was published online on August 1st.

The two remaining head-to-head markets contained bouts that were set to run right to the end of the block matches.

The second was specific to two more of Kazuchika Okada's tournament. The first was for his night one main event win over Hiroshi Tanahashi while the second was for the A Block finale against Kota Ibushi.

When the market was published, the bookies had the Ibushi match as a 9/10 favourite, the Tanahashi bout was 11/10 and the 'Same Star Rating' option was 2/1.

G1 Climax 29 Betting - Observer Head-to-Heads

The winning selection turned out to be the contest with Ibushi from night seventeen. It was given five stars and beat the night one match with Tanahashi by half a star.

Even though I blindly backed the 'Same Star Rating' in the above two markets, I was even more keen to see how the third market would end up being settled.

It was focused on bouts within B Block and had the Tetsuya Naito .vs. Jay White match, which was the main event of B Block's final night, going up against 'Any Other B Block Match'.

I felt that it was worth a gamble backing all of the B Block matches against Naito and White, so sided with the option when it was EVS.  As you'll see - by clicking on the table below - the 'Naito .vs. White' selection was also EVS when it was first installed on June 26th. 

G1 Climax 29 Betting - Observer Head-to-Heads

Other customers evidently thought the 'Any Other B Block Match' selection was worth a gamble as its odds plummeted from day one and was moved to 1/6 by the end of July. 

As the tournament was in progress, I kept my eye on the star ratings results of B Block to see what Naito and White needed to beat when it came time for them to wrestle each other on August 11th.

Before any matches had been fought, I felt Tomohiro Ishii .vs. Tetsuya Naito had the best chance of doing better than Naito .vs. White. And I was right.

Sort of.

Ishii .vs. Naito was awarded four-and-a-half stars in the issue that covered the night eight main event. This was a quarter of a star better than Naito's outing with White on night eighteen.

The real winner, however, was Ishii's meeting with Shingo Takagi from night sixteen. It was the best match from B Block with a score of five-and-a-half stars.

There are still many more G1 Climax 29 posts in the pipeline. Keep checking back for more.

Sky Bet's KOTR Winner Odds 24 Hours Later

It has been a day since Sky Bet published its King of the Ring market, so I've looked back at it to see how today's prices differ from yesterday's post.

There are three selections showing shorter odds than twenty-four hours ago.

The first is Andrade. He has moved down one from 10/1.

Baron Corbin's price has lowered from 16/1 to 6/1.

Drew McIntyre is now a sole-favourite after sharing the spot - at 9/2 - with Kevin Owens. He is now at 6/4. Owens has stalled at 9/2, but is now a second fave.

Sky Bet's King of the Ring Odds For August 16th 2019

How Kambi Settled Its G1 Climax 29 Highest Rated Match Markets

Now that this year's G1 Climax has ended, and the edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter with Dave Meltzer's final reviews of the events has been published, I intend to take a look back at the Observer-themed betting markets that Kambi had available for customers in the weeks leading into and during the tournament.

In this post, I'll cover the markets in which customers could have placed wagers on the Match of the Tournament.

The bout that ended up with the most star ratings out of all of Dave Meltzer's reviews of the tournament turned out to be the A Block meeting between Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay from the seventh night.

It received five-and-three-quarter stars.

As you can see in the table below, the bout was 7/1 when Kambi first published the market in June. It fell to 11/2 by July 2nd, which was eighteen days before the match. Then - by July 12th - it was down to 5/1.

The bout took place on July 20th. As soon as I watched it, I thought it had a strong chance of being the best match of the tournament, so backed it when it was 5/1. A few days after that, Dave Meltzer's match report was published in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and the editor gave the contest the five-and-three-quarter rating.

Still, there were many more nights of action left and Kambi continued to accept wagers on that bout and others albeit, not long after the match was confirmed as a 5.75 classic, the bookies slashed its odds to 1/10.

It was moved up to 1/8 a day before the final block rounds began and stayed at that price. The move up coincided with bets coming in on a potential Kota Ibushi .vs. Tetsuya Naito final being the match of the tournament. The odds for that selection went down from 40/1 (Jul 28) to 7/1 (Aug 2) to 4/1 (Aug 9) and closed at the 13/4 it had fallen to by the morning of August 10th (A Block's final round).

As we now know, Naito didn't win B Block, so the gambles had no chance of paying of.

You can view, in the table below, all of the price changes I recorded before and during the tournament.

G1 Climax 29 Betting - Highest Rated Match of the Tournament Result

The selections in the peach/pink colour were bouts from A Block, those in grey were ones that could have only happened in a final,  the green covered any block and potential final matches from the named person and the blue was for any B Block matches. In this case, it was for the B Block finale between Naito and Jay White.

The rating that Ospreay and Okada received for their match meant that the 'Exact Star Rating of the Highest Rated Match' market was settled with the 'Exactly 5.75 Stars' option.

As you can see below, it started off at 2/1 but was then slashed into 1/14 shortly after Meltzer's review of the match was published.

The selection did move up slightly. Just like with the market I wrote about above, the eventual winner was moved up on the Friday before the final weekend of shows. In this case, the selection went from 1/14 to 1/10.

G1 Climax 29 Betting - Exact Star Rating of the Highest Rated Match of the Tournament Result

As you can see in the table, there appears to have been some punters gambling on Meltzer rating one of the later matches in the tournament more than he did for Okada .vs. Ospreay as the 'Exactly 6.0 Stars' began to descend as soon as the 5.75 was awarded to the night seven match.

I still have more G1 Climax 29 betting posts to publish. I'm not sure when they'll see the light of day, but they are coming. The next will cover the head-to-head markets that were released.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

William Hill's KOTR Market Published

William Hill is another sports betting firm that has published an outright winner market for the WWE King of the Ring tournament that begins on TV next week.

Drew McIntyre is currently a 3/1 favourite. He's following by Kevin Owens (9/2), Baron Corbin (13/2) all the way down to Chad Gable, Apollo Crews and Shelton Benjamin who are all 100/1.

The full list of selections, and their respective odds, are:

Drew McIntyre 3/1
Kevin Owens 9/2
Baron Corbin 13/2
Ali 8/1
Ricochet 8/1
Andrade 8/1
Samoa Joe 10/1
Elias 12/1
Buddy Murphy 16/1
The Miz 16/1
Cesaro 20/1
Sami Zayn 20/1
Cedric Alexander 25/1
Chad Gable 100/1
Apollo Crews 100/1
Shelton Benjamin 100/1

The winner will be decided in a final that's scheduled to take place at WWE Clash of Champions on September 15th.

How Kambi's SummerSlam 2019 Weekend Observer Markets Were Settled

As mentioned in the most recent post, this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter was published this morning. It not only includes Dave Meltzer's reviews of the final batch of G1 Climax tournament events, but also the NXT TakeOver and WWE SummerSlam shows that took place over the weekend.

The oddsmakers from Kambi published a handful of Wrestling Observer star ratings for the aforementioned shows, so - in this post - I'll take a look over those that for the matches that took place at both NXT TakeOver: Toronto and WWE SummerSlam 2019.

The bookies had Over/Under star ratings lines for the five bouts that took place at TakeOver. Of the five, only one of them went 'Over' and it was for the Io Shirai versus Candice LeRae match.

Kambi had the line set at 2.75 stars, but Dave Meltzer gave it four-and-a-quarter, so it went over the line. And then some.

Kambi's NXT TakeOver: Toronto Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

There was a mixed bunch of results for the WWE SummerSlam 2019 Over/Unders. As you'll see, there were Overs, Unders and even a trio of 'Exactly' wins.

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

Brock Lesnar .vs. Seth Rollins match - for the WWE Universal Championship - was the highest rated match of the night. It received four-and-a-quarter stars and was a quarter of a star higher than the line. I had a feeling it would go under.

Another selection I slipped up on was for the Bray Wyatt versus Finn Balor match. I thought it had a slight chance of going over two stars, but it landed right on two.

The 'Highest Rated Match' market had the 'Universal Championship' selection as a 33/20 second-favourite throughout the weekend and will now be graded as a winner thanks to the performances from everyone involved in the Seth Rollins versus Brock Lesnar match.

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

Another market that will be settled with odds of 33/20 is the one in which customers could have bet on the 'Exact Star Rating of the Highest Rated Match'. The  winning selection was the 'Exactly 4.25 Stars' selection was a joint-second favourite.from Saturday morning right up to Sunday evening.

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

The bookmakers also released two head-to-head markets for SummerSlam. 

In these specials, customers had the chance to bet which - of two contrasted matches - would receive the most stars in Dave Meltzer's review of the PPV.

The first head-to-head had the Kevin Owens .vs. Shane McMahon and Charlotte Flair versus Trish Stratus opposing one another.

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

The winning selection turned out to be the Charlotte Flair .vs. Trish Stratus contest as it received three-and-a-quarter stars while Owens versus McMahon scored two stars.

As you can see from the betting, the consensus was evidently on Owens .vs. McMahon as the price was cut from EVS into 3/6 across the weekend.

The eventual winning selection went out from EVS to 6/4 in the same period.

Head-to-Head number two saw Becky Lynch .vs. Natalya compete against the WWE Championship match between Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton.

From wagering, you can see that the customers backed the 'WWE Championship' match. It had started out at 19/20 on Saturday morning, but was down to 4/6 a few hours before the show started.

As a result of the 'WWE Championship' moving in, the bookies pushed 'Raw Women's Championship' out from 19/20 all the way to 13/10 while keeping the option to wager on both matches receiving an identical number of stars at 9/4.

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

Lynch .vs. Natalya did indeed beat Kingston .vs. Orton as it had three-and-a-quarter stars to the males' two-and-a-half.

Four Wrestling Observer star ratings proposition markets were also published for SummerSlam.

In the first one - titled 'Curtain Raiser' - customers were asked to bet whether or not the first match of the main card would end up getting the most stars in Meltzer's review of the event.

Seeing as the main event won match of the night, it should go without saying that the 'No' was the winning selection. Looking at the betting, it appears at least one punter was of the opinion that the opener would not get the most stars as the 'No' was cut from 13/25 into 1/2 sometime before 3:30PM BST on Sunday afternoon.

The prop titled 'Joint Winners' allowed gamblers to bet whether or not there would be two matches sharing the award for the 'Highest Rated Match of the Night'. Once again, it was the 'No' which won as the four-and-a-quarter stars for Seth Rollins' Universal Championship win over Brock Lesnar was not matched by any of the other bouts on Sunday's card. The winning selection was 7/20 throughout the weekend.

'Lowest Rated' was a proposition which asked the customer whether Bill Goldberg versus Dolph Ziggler would get the least amount of stars in Dave Meltzer's review of the match. 

If you look at the list of star ratings above, you'll see that Goldberg versus Ziggler was given three stars and there are matches that fall below three. Therefore, the winning selection - once again - is 'No'. It was 7/20 through the weekend.

'Yes' was the winning selection - at odds of 1/12 - in the prop named 'Title Match'. In this market clients were given the opportunity to wager on any of the championship matches on the SummerSlam card receiving the most stars in the review. 

Kambi's WWE SummerSlam 2019 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

There were a few more NXT/SummerSlam Observer specials that also included NJPW G1 Climax. I'll get to them in another post in the very near future.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Update For August 15th

This week's episode of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter includes Dave Meltzer's reviews of the final three nights of this year's NJPW G1 Climax tournament. Therefore, Kambi's oddsmakers will now be able to tie up the loose ends and settle the remaining G1 Observer markets that were published before - or during - the tournament.

In this post, I'll write about the last seven Over/Under star ratings markets that Kambi published starting with the last night of A Block and ending with the Kota Ibushi .vs. Jay White final.

KENTA .vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
The bookmakers set a line of four-and-a-half stars for the KENTA .vs. Zack Sabre Jr. match when the market was published at the end of June. 

The winning selection turned out to be the 'Exactly 4.50 Stars' because Meltzer graded it exactly where Kambi had estimated.

As you can see below, the best price customers would have found was the 43/20 that was available from late-July to early August.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - KENTA .vs. ZSJ

Will Ospreay .vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Another Over/Under market that fell 'Exactly' on the line was the one for the Will Ospreay versus Hiroshi Tanahashi match. 

Dave Meltzer gave it four-and-three-quarters.

This is another one where 43/20 turned out to be the best price. This was available when the market was initially priced up. It was lowered to 2/1, but went back up to 43/20 in the later round of betting.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Ospreay .vs. Tanahashi

Kota Ibushi .vs. Kazuchika Okada
Five stars were given to the A Block decider between Kota Ibushi and Kazuchika Okada, which was won by the former.

The star rating result means that the winning selection will be the 'Over' as Kambi had the line set at 4.75.

Its best price was the earliest available - EVS. The selection began to slip a month later and closed at 4/6.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Ibushi .vs. Okada

Jon Moxley .vs. Juice Robinson
Juice Robinson's win over Jon Moxley was given four-and-a-quarter stars in Meltzer's review of night eighteen. This went 'Over' the line of four stars.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Moxley .vs. Robinson

Hirooki Goto .vs. Shingo Takagi
An Over/Under for the Hirooki Goto .vs. Shingo Takagi match was first published on August 9th. The line for it was set at four-and-a-half stars. 

The result was another one for the 'Over' as Meltzer's rating was a quarter of a star above the line.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Goto .vs. Takagi

Kambi's best price for the 'Over' was the closing 13/10. It moved out to that number from 23/20 a couple of days after opening.

Tetsuya Naito .vs. Jay White
Jay White's win in the B Block decider against Tetsuya Naito was given four-and-a-quarter stars in the report. This was below Kambi's line of 4.75, so the winning selection turned out to be the 'Under'.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Naito .vs. White

As you can see from the betting, the customers evidently thought that the line was set too high as the odds for the 'Under' were lowered across most of the time that the market was available. However, the last sign of action appears to have gone the way of both the 'Over' and 'Exactly' options as the 'Under' was moved up.

Kota Ibushi .vs. Jay White
The G1 Climax 29 final had a line of 4.75 stars when the Over/Under market was published on Sunday evening. 

Meltzer rated the match five-and-a-half stars, so the winning selection is the 'Over'. It was 6/5 when the market was opened.

G1 Climax 29 Observer Star Ratings Betting - Ibushi .vs. White

Results From All Of Kambi's G1 Climax 29 O/U Markets
Here's a table with the complete star ratings results for all of the G1 Climax 29 matches that Kambi had Observer markets for.

They start with the Kota Ibushi .vs. KENTA match from night one all the way through to the final from August 12th.

G1 Climax 29 Wrestling Observer Star Ratings Results

McIntyre And Owens Betting Favourites To Become King Of The Ring

Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens are joint-favourites to win the upcoming WWE King of the Ring tournament.

A market, in which Sky Bet customers can place wagers on the person who they believe will be crowned the King of the Ring, was published today with the joint-faves at 9/2.

The list contains the names of the Raw and Smackdown stars that have been announced for the tourney. They are:

Drew McIntyre 9/2
Kevin Owens 9/2
Ricochet 5/1
Samoa Joe 5/1
Elias 13/2
The Miz 13/2
Ali 9/1
Andrade 10/1
Sami Zayn 12/1
Baron Corbin 16/1
Buddy Murphy 16/1
Cedric Alexander 20/1
Cesaro 20/1
Apollo Crews 33/1
Chad Gable 40/1
Shelton Benjamin 40/1

The matches begin on next week's episodes of WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE Smackdown and will conclude at the WWE Clash of Champions PPV on September 15th.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

WWE To AEW Exodus Betting Notes For Mid-August 2019

When I checked Kambi's professional wrestling markets yesterday morning, I noticed that the WWE to AEW Exodus special in which customers can place bets on the wrestler/s currently contracted to WWE who will next join AEW was back up.

It's no longer available, so I thought I'd publish a short post pointing out the odds from yesterday as all of the selections had changed.

AEW Exodus Betting Odds - August 12th 2019

The selection which covers either member of The Revival  departing WWE for AEW was still the favourite. However, its price was down to 23/20 from 5/4.

Matt Hardy was cut from 17/1 into 7/4 joint-second favourite. I surmise this could be because Hardy mentioned - in a recent interview with Sky Sports - that he believes there are three years left on his career.

Sasha Banks is alongside Hardy at 7/4. Her price was previously 13/4 and I'd guess there's a chance she could drift back out now that she has returned to TV.

Harper was 9/2 before yesterday, but was 4/1 when I looked.

Daniel Bryan has moved in from 12s to 11/2 and Randy Orton is now 13/2 from 9/1.

The selections that have moved out are The Undertaker (12/1 to 15/1) who has reportedly signed a new deal with WWE, Paige (6/1 to 20/1), Gallows and Anderson (17/1 to 80/1 because they've signed new deals).

The biggest leap has been made by the Shinsuke Nakamura selection. It has gone from 5/4 into 66/1.