The 2012 Olympics begin in just over a month. In this first edition of our Bettors Guide to the Olympics series, we’re going to start with the basics and get you “in shape” and prepared ahead of the games.
You may have read that the games start on July 27th and end on August 12th. Actually, the opening ceremony is on July 27 but the first games begin two days earlier on July 25th. If you plan on placing bets for the games, get them in before the first games start as the odds can change once early rounds start.
Women’s football starts on the 25th. The first men’s football games begin the next day on the 26th – a full day before the opening ceremonies. With Brazil scheduled to play Egypt, Great Britain vs. Senegal and New Zealand playing Belarus, these first games probably won’t end up on a “Best Olympic Moments” DVD.
August 12 is the last day of the 2012 Olympics – and a busy day it will be. Scheduled games include the men’s marathon finals, men’s basketball gold and bronze games, men’s boxing finals (for 5 weight classes), men’s mountain bike finals, rhythmic gymnastics finals, men’s handball finals (gold and bronze), women’s pentathlon, men’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Whew!
We advise bettors to bookmark, save or print this schedule of the Olympic games. Mark the events you are interested in – to watch on TV or bet on – and you’ll be ahead of the games!