It’s one of the more curious racquet sports but Badminton holds great affection among our customers here at Unibet. We have an active set of markets for all the big events, ranging from the World Championships through to many professional leagues around the world.
Badminton at the Summer Olympics
The game is played at a high level in a host of countries and, since 1992, badminton has been part of the Olympic family too. There’s a lot to cover in any calendar year and, to support that extensive set of betting options, Unibet TV is available to all of our customers with live coverage of all the big badminton events.
Badminton made its bow as a demonstration sport at the 1972 Olympics in Munich but it wouldn’t be taken on a permanent basis until Barcelona twenty years later. It’s been a regular on the Olympic circuit ever since with singles and doubles events for both men and women plus a mixed doubles section.
It means that up to and including the 2016 games in Rio, there have been seven editions where badminton has featured. In that time, China has been the most successful nation by far with a total of 18 gold medals and the country completed a clean sweep of all five golds at London in 2012.
Indonesia and South Korea are the only other countries to have won multiple Olympic gold medals in badminton while Denmark, Spain and Japan have so far claimed one gold each.
When the Olympics come around, Unibet will list outright and match betting markets for all badminton encounters while our live stream waits to broadcast all the on-court action.
We have to wait every four years for the Olympics to appear on the sporting schedule but, in the interim, we can all enjoy the badminton world championships. The biggest global event in the sport is now held on an annual basis, although it does sit things out whenever the Olympics come along.
Organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the world championships were first held in 1977 and there are five competitions taking place within its set up. Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles are on the schedule so there’s a lot of badminton to get through during the tournament.
Once again, the Chinese have enjoyed plenty of success in this event and they sit at the very top of the overall medal table. Other nations to have claimed medals at the world championships include Indonesia, Denmark, Spain, South Korea, Japan and England.
Players from each of these countries will need to be considered whenever the BWF World Championships arrive and you can assess their odds from Unibet some time in advance of the tournament. Remember that Unibet TV will also be here with extensive live coverage of the best in live badminton throughout the calendar year.
Other Major Trophies
Outside of the main, global competitions listed above, badminton provides a host of viewing and betting opportunities throughout the 12 months of the year. On an international level, the Thomas Cup is a highly anticipated event and, having been established since 1949, the tournament actually predates the world championships by some 28 years.
Member nations of the BWF battle to qualify for the Thomas Cup which is now held every two years. Indonesia are the most successful team to date, going against the trend of Chinese dominance in other competitions.
Domestically, major leagues and knockout competitions take place in many areas of the world. As we’ve seen throughout this review, Asia contains some of the strongest nations in the sport and you can expect to see a high concentration of major tournaments across the continent.
Badminton is, however, a global sport so there will be top class competitions in many parts of the world and Unibet will be here to provide comprehensive coverage in two key areas. Not only will you find a host of markets, both pre-match and in-play, all of our customers can also access Unibet TV which is a free live streaming service, broadcasting the best of the action from courts all across the globe.
Betting on and Watching Live Badminton
Badminton betting markets can generally be separated into two categories. Firstly, we have the outright options where bettors can speculate on the overall winner of the tournament in question.
Moving on from those outrights, the most popular option is the moneyline bet. There is no possibility of a draw in badminton so the equation involves picking out which of the two opponents is more likely to win.
A host of prop bets can also be attached to the big badminton matches while this is a sport that also receives a great deal of coverage in the live markets. If you like to bet in play, Unibet TV can be streamed to your mobile device so that you can easily watch your stake play out in real time and there is the added advantage of odds that are updated on screen as the game progresses.
Aside from mobile, Unibet TV is available on desktop and laptop while qualifying for the service is easy. All that we ask is that you have funds in your sportsbook account or that you have placed a cash bet within the preceding 24 hours. Once that’s taken care of, an extensive range of world class badminton is at your fingertips.