Betting on Hurling

Hurling is an outdoor team sport which is extremely popular in Ireland. The sport is played professionally only in Ireland, although some countries have amateur level competitions. Hurling is considered to be the fastest field sport in the world. The nature of the sport, where players have multiple ways to move the ball and score, provides interesting betting possibilities.

Let's take a look at some of the hurling basic's before we learn more about how to bet on hurling.

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Hurling Basics

Hurling matches are played between two teams with 15 players in each team, on a large rectangular field. The field has two goal posts resembling a H shape on each end of the field. Points are scored by striking the ball through the lower or upper half of the goal post. The balls struck through the lower part is called a goal and carries 3 points, and the balls that go above the post carry 1 point. At the end of the match, the team with the highest number of points wins the match.

Hurling Competitions

Several hurling tournaments are conducted in Ireland every year, during the summer and autumn months. The most popular and the highest level among all tournaments is the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship contested by 14 top county teams within Ireland. The Christy Ring Cup and the Nicky Rackard Cup are the second-tier and third-tier county tournaments.

There are also several tournaments that are organized by different Ireland counties. Some of the tournaments are, Cork SHC, Clare SHC, Carlow SHC, Dublin SHC, Galway SHC, Kilkenny SHC, Limerick SHC, Offaly SHC, Tipperary SHC, Waterford SHC, and Wexford SHC.

Besides senior championships, annual Hurling tournaments as conducted as part of National Hurling League. The league has 34 county teams split into six divisions, with the top teams competing in the highest division.

Types of Hurling Bets

Outright betting

These types of bets apply for the entire tournament (or season) and are settled at the end of the tournament (or season).

Match betting

These types of bets are based on outcomes of a single match and are settled at the end of the match.


Hurling is an extremely fast paced sport which is exhilarating to watch. Most Irish sportsbooks offer extensive hurling betting lines for all tournaments. Though the sport is not popular around the world, hurling fans are never short of exciting matches and interesting betting opportunities.