Simona Halep

  • Comparing odds between internationally and state-regulated sportsbooks shows odds discrepancies on the favorites.

PARIS – Both the men’s and women’s French Opens started on May 22, and with so many matches at play, there are endless opportunities to gain a leg up on sportsbooks.

The easiest and most efficient way to gain an edge is line shopping both internally at each sportsbook and externally by looking at multiple sportsbooks.

Line Shopping Within A Singular Sportsbook

Comparing odds on different styles of bets at legal online sportsbooks that are on the same event that mean the same thing, but are just phrased differently can result in much better payouts.

Consider Tuesday’s first-round matchup between Simona Halep and Nastasja Schunk. Halep won the first set 6-4, and then live betting odds became available on the final score of the sets.

Since Halep won the first set, it was impossible for Nastasja Schunk to win 2-0.

Betting the under on 2.5 total sets would be the same as betting on Halep to win 2-0, but the odds did not line up. The under for 2.5 sets came with -700 odds, while the odds for Halep to win 2-0 were -800 despite them both being the same bet.

That -100 difference may not seem incredibly large, but with a tournament as long as the French Open those odds can really add up.

Line Shopping Over Multiple Sportsbooks

Another key strategy that tennis bettors employ is to use multiple sportsbooks. This is a popular strategy for nearly all sports, but it’s value is clear when comparing the odds on some of the top-ranked tennis players in the world.

Odds On Top Men’s Tennis Players

Tennis Player Bovada BetOnline DraftKings Caesars
Novak Djokovic -4000 -3000 -6000 -4000
Daniil Medvedev -265 -265 -280 -280
Stefanos Tsitsipas -10000 -4925 -10000 -8000
Rafael Nadal -4000 -3850 -5000 -10000

Key Points From Looking At The Odds On The Favorites

  • When Novak Djokovic took on Alex Molcan he was a -3000 favorite on BetOnline and a -6000 favorite at DraftKings. Users had to double their bet on DraftKings to make as much as
  • they could have off of a single bet on BetOnline.
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas was a huge favorite at nearly every sportsbook, with BetOnline offering the best odds on him at -4925. DraftKings and Bovada both had him at -10000, but
  • DraftKing’s odds on underdog Zdenek Kolar were +1600 which were significantly worse than the +1900 odds for him on Bovada.
  • The internationally regulated sportsbooks offered better odds on nearly every favorite when compared to DraftKings and Caesars.
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