When it comes to the world of sports betting, knowing what’s coming up can be a brilliant option to help ensure you’re getting the most from every opportunity! After all, betting on sports events can be incredibly exciting and exhilarating – and with this thought in mind, we have outlined some of the biggest Irish betting events of 2023 that you need to know.
Whether you’re a lover of footie, tennis, horse racing, or anything in between, there’s something for everyone with the 2023 lineup of sports betting events!
The Biggest Irish Betting Events of 2023
If you have been looking to get into the heart of Irish sporting activity for 2023, there’s a lot to look forwards to. With this thought in mind, the following five Irish Betting Events are certainly set to be some of the biggest of the upcoming year.
1. All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Undoubtedly, one of the hottest events for the Irish betting calendar in 2023 is the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. This massive championship is held every year in September and has a crowd of around 80,000 people, so if you’ve been looking to get involved in the action, plenty of seats are available. However, the bookies will also be taking bets placed online, so there’s every opportunity to get involved.
At the moment, the events’ odds are pretty stable across all bookmakers, but there are still many months left for things to change. Still, with how the odds are currently looking, Kerry remains the favourite, with Dublin closely behind.
#2 Fairyhouse Easter Festival
Without a doubt, the Fairyhouse Easter Festival, home of the massive Irish Grand National, is definitely one of the hottest events on the calendar for any equestrian in Ireland.
Fairyhouse has a long horse racing history, with the track’s first event being held in 1848. Since then, it has garnered a reputation for being one of the best steeplechase courses in Ireland – no wonder, then, that the event has become so popular both at home and internationally.
Of course, the highlight of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival has to be the Irish Grand National, which is a national hunt steeplechase with a huge track across five miles, with 24 (sometimes perilous) fences. The race is hosted annually on Easter Monday and is one of the biggest parts of the event, so it’s no surprise that thousands of people flock to see the event yearly.
In terms of odds, everything’s still to play for at the moment, as most racing bookmakers haven’t begun to release official odds just yet.
3. United Rugby Championships
Another massive event in the world of Irish sports betting is the United Rugby Championships, which include competitors from Ireland, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, and Wales. The United Rugby Championships is sometimes also known as the Celtic Championships.
While each individual round is held in a different location, there are set to be plenty of rounds as part of this massive championship within Ireland itself. The teams playing in the Championships from Ireland include Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster.
As we approach the last few rounds for the 2022/2023 season, there’s a lot to love for Irish supporters. Ravenhill Stadium in Belfast is set to host Ulster versus Stormers on the 27th of January; meanwhile, on the 28th of January, the RDS arena in Dublin will host Leinster versus Cardiff. The Galway Sportsgrounds will also host Connacht versus Lions on the 28th of January. Finally, for Round 14, Thomond Park is hosting Munster vs Ospreys on the 17th of February, and Leinster versus Dragons will play on the 18th of February at the RDS Arena once again.
For bettors, numerous bookmakers are still taking bets on the United Rugby Championships, although things are starting to gear up as the end of the season approaches. However, the winner is looking very likely to be Leinster, with odds of around 1/2. Stormers, Bulls, and Sharks are following at around 8/1 and 10/1, respectively.
4. All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships
Another major event in the Irish sporting calendar is the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, which have been running since 1887. The Championships have been an annual event since their inception (bar one year).
A total of 17 teams play annually in the event, with numerous games being played throughout the year, culminating in a final game held on the third Sunday of August. The event is usually managed as a straight knockout event, making it incredibly exhilarating to watch – no second chances here!
Odds for the Hurling Championships are currently looking relatively balanced, with Limerick being the current favourite, but only marginally. Thereafter, Galway and Kilkenny are close behind, with Cork, Waterford, Clare, and Tipperary making up the rear in terms of the top choices.
5. Rugby Six Nations
We’ve already mentioned the United Rugby Championships on this list, but we’d be remiss not to mention the Rugby Six Nations as well. Indeed, the Six Nations is set to be played twice at home in Ireland, which definitely stands the home team in good stead to perform well in their upcoming matches.
These matches are scheduled for the 11th of February and the 18th of March at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. However, for big fans of the Six Nations, Ireland will also play against England, Italy, and Scotland on the 11th of February, 25th of February, and 12th of March, respectively.
Betting odds for the Six Nations are currently well in Ireland’s favour, with 6/4 chances to win the overall event. However, France isn’t far behind at 13/8, so it’s all still to play for. The odds between Ireland and France winning the grand slam are also incredibly close, but here, it’s looking much more likely (with odds of 11/10) that there will be no overall grand slam winner.
There’s no doubt that the sporting world is continually growing and evolving, and with this thought in mind, many people are looking for exciting new ways to enjoy their favourite games, matches, and events. Luckily, for sports and betting enthusiasts, the 2023 lineup is looking like it’s packed with excellent opportunities, and as a result, there’s rarely been a better time to look out for hot new sporting events in the upcoming calendar.