As we say all the time on this website: there’s very little that happens in the world today that you can’t bet money on. Everything is up for grabs whether it’s celebrity deaths, U.S. politics, or even who the next Pope will be – if it’s even remotely interesting to the American public, you’ll be able to wager on it.
That brings us to this Sunday, January 27th, with the 32nd edition of the Royal Rumble being held in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field. This is arguably the WWE’s premier event of the year, which in the past has ended up being much more entertaining than Wrestlemania – especially in 1999 when federation owner Vince McMahon decided to win it for himself. Therefore, we’ve decided to publish a “Royal Rumble Gambling Guide” because this is without a doubt the best action to get in on this weekend, (with all due respect to the NHL All Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl, of course).
Now if you’re just happy that there are a few USA online casinos who will actually take action on the WWE and you’re assuming that they’re only offering odds on who will win the Royal Rumble, you’re wrong. In fact, there are three unique wagers for the event that you can put some money down on, however, you can’t line shop because the only two books who are taking action on it are Bovada and BetOnline, and they both have the exact same lines.
Yup, you read that correctly: they have the exact same numbers for each result, which means that someone copied off of the other. For shame! But since Bovada often takes down their lines and has smaller betting maximums, let’s just focus on BetOnline, which makes even more sense since their bookmaker Adam Burns knows more about pro wrestling than most of the ” WWE experts” out there.
Ok, it’s obvious that you can bet on the ultimate winner of the Royal Rumble so let’s take a look at that category first. The strong favorite is Seth Rollins (-150) and then there’s no one even close to those odds, so if he doesn’t win it’s going to be a decent payday. Anyone else in the Top 5 will pay out nicely with Braun Strowman (+400), John Cena (+800), Drew McIntyre (+1200), and Finn Baylor (+1600) all being decent wrestlers to put your money on.
There are then dozens of tomato cans in the middle of the pack offering odds anywhere from +2000 to +6000 and then a bunch of long shots at +10000, with a few old timers thrown in the mix like Kurt Angle (+6600), Rey Mysterio (+4000), and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels (+10000). These guys offer older gamblers some sentimental options to get down on but if you really want to feel like a kid again you can bet on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (+10000) or Hulk Hogan (+10000) to win the Rumble, (we’ll go ahead and assume that the Hulkster will say his prayers and take his vitamins before the match).
From there you can wager on who will get the most eliminations, with Drew McIntyre (+100) and Braun Strowman (+200) again being heavy favorites to do well. Then there are two solid value bets with John Cena (+2000) and Randy Orton (+2000) since both of these beasts are more than capable of eliminating the most competitors. After that you’re probably just throwing your money away on long shots like Mustafa Ali (+5000), Jinder Mahal (+5000), and Dolph Ziggler (+5000), who shouldn’t be in the ring longer than a few minutes.
The last major betting category for the Royal Rumble is “Longest Time” and BetOnline has some very interesting numbers for this one. They have the favorites as Seth Rollins (+200), Andrade Cien Almas (+350), Mustafa Ali (+400), Elias (+500), and Finn Balor (+600), in what’s probably the hardest wager of the night to handicap. You might as well close your eyes and throw a dart if you’re betting on this one, or just take The Rock to lay the smack down at +6600 for old time’s sake.
Aside from the above options, you can also bet on the winner of the Women’s Royal Rumble, (Charlotte Flair -200 is the favorite), as well as the winner of the Ronda Rousey (-600) VS. Sasha Banks (+350) match, and all of the other big matches like Brock Lesnsar (-350) VS. Finn Balor (+225), and Daniel Bryan (-250) VS. AJ Styles (+170).
So if you want to bet on WWE wrestling, go signup for an account at BetOnline now and check out all of their Royal Rumble odds and betting options. They’re absolutely one of the best books out there today… And that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so…
Now to get you warmed up for the event, here are the funniest moments from all of the previous Royal Rumbles, in a super edit from the WWE themselves.