What is Bandy?
Bandy, also known as Winter Football, is a sport that shares origins with Ice Hockey and is most popular in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and other countries where winter sports are popular.
The rules of Bandy are very similar in comparison with Ice Hockey, and the main difference would be the fact it uses a ball instead of a puck.
In terms of betting on Bandy, the markets are kind of similar in comparison with Ice Hockey and Field Hockey, and the main markets would be the match results, the number of goals scored in a match and outrights of tournaments.
2019 was an important year in terms of development for this sport. Not only was Bandy part of the Universiade for the first time, but the 2019 Bandy World Championship had a record number of participant nations. As the sport is still developing in comparison with others like Ice Hockey, any country that wishes to participate in the tournament is welcome. No qualification games are required or other criteria such as rankings.
The city of Vänersborg hosted the Brandy Wold Championship tournament in Sweden where they ended up as champions.
There’s a movement to include Bandy in the list of Winter Olympic Sports.
Bandy Betting Markets
The most popular leagues for Bandy Betting are the Finland Bandyliga, the Russian Super League and the Swedish Allsvenskan. You can find promotional offers for these leagues here at GiantBet.
Let’s have a look at the most important kinds of bets that you can place at a Bandy match.
Match Result – 1×2
Just like Association Football, the most popular market for Bandy Betting is the 1×2 match result system of odds, which represent the following potential outcomes of a Bandy match:
Event 1: Home team wins
Event X: Match ends in a draw
Event 2: Visitors win the match
Just like any other sport, the odds are multipliers that affect the original bet amount, i.e. the stake, and in case the bettors guess the result correctly he or she will receive the stake multiplied by the odds as prize money.
Match Result – Handicap Betting
The most common odds offered by the bookies are the 1×2 ones but depending on how prestigious a match is or even the difference of quality between the teams may result in particular handicap odds that work the same way as other sports.
Number of Goals – Overs / Unders
The number of goals is a secondary market that allows the punters to guess correctly the combined number of goals that the teams will score during a bandy game.
It works precisely like Ice Hockey, Football and in a similar way in comparison with over/under bets of sports that use points instead of goals.
Tournament Results – Outright Bets
These bets try to guess the next champion of a specific tournament correctly before the final match happens and direct odds for that particular fixture are released. It is a special secondary market, and during the domestic season time, the most popular and common odds available for punters are the match result ones in the traditional 1×2 system of odds.