Game of Thrones Betting
For many, it’s hard to fathom that there is a betting market for a fictional TV series but Game of Thrones is such a phenomenon that it bucks the trend. The fantasy drama has a following of many millions that have been loyal to the programme since it was first launched in 2017 so, if any show deserves to have active betting placed next to it, it’s this one.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for fans too and we’ve seen the deaths of some much loved characters along the way. It’s all building to a finale now and the one burning question, for both fans of the show and for anyone looking to place a bet is just who will be the last to sit on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros.
It’s the main part of the plot and the one market open from a healthy choice of bookmakers. It would naturally help if you’d followed the show but, with a little research, you could still make a profit from a set of interesting prices.
Jon Snow is played by Kit Harrington and in a tight market, he is favourite to claim that Iron Throne at odds of 9/4 with William Hill. Snow is introduced as the series develops as the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and is arguably the most familiar character in Game of Thrones to the extent that many of those who have never watched the series have heard of him at the very least.
Following on behind the leader is Daenerys Targaryen who can be claimed at 4/1 with William Hill again. Played by Emma Clarke, Targaryen is the most likely to rule Westeros if a female ascends to the throne.
For many aficionados, it’s essentially a battle between those two characters but naturally there are lots of options for a show of this magnitude as we move through the market.
The Stark family – the legitimate side of it – are heavily represented in the betting and if you are not familiar with GOT then just think of Dallas and the Ewings. Sansa Stark is an option at 10/1 with EnergyBet while Bran Stark is at 29/1 and Arya Stark at odds of 79/10. Once again, both of those prices are with EnergyBet.
Meanwhile there are lots of mid priced options with the small set of bookmakers who have declared for this novelty market: This is a drama where feuds are to the fore so in the first instance, it’s a case of taking sides and seeing some options from your preferred factions.
Casual viewers will remember that the actor Sean Bean was a main figure when the series started. He played Ned Stark who was pivotal to the entire plot up to the time of his own execution and that leaves his descendants to avenge that killing. One way to secure ‘closure’ on this would be to claim the Iron Throne and rule over Westeros and that’s why the dynasty is getting plenty of support for this bet.
Behind the names we’ve already mentioned are a whole host of characters who are integral to the plot while seemingly having little chance of claiming the ultimate prize of the Iron Throne. Among these names are Theon Greyjoy at 80/1 with William Hill, Ser Davos Seaworth at 98/1 with EnergyBet and Gilly at 112/1 with EnergyBet again.
A second dynasty – the Greyjoy’s – are battling to rule over Westeros and alongside Theon you could opt for Yara at that same 80/1 with William Hill or Euron at a much shorter 20/1 with William Hill once again.
Meanwhile, the rank outsider is intriguingly named Hot Pie – in reality an orphaned baker’s boy and while he looks to have no chance at odds out at 172/1 with EnergyBet, it’s worth noting that in the last few weeks that figure has dropped down from 500/1.
Options and Verdict
This is the only market currently open from around the bookmakers so your sole job is to identify who will finally lay their claim to that Iron Throne and rule over the whole of Westeros. We have a clear favourite of course but remember that this is fiction and in our opinion that makes it less likely for that favourite to come home and deliver the profit.
The answer to this question is completely in the hands of the show’s writers and producers and you have to ask whether they would take the obvious option or attempt to give us an unexpected plot twist.
Before making that decision it would be useful to get up to speed with Game of Thrones. If you are already an aficionado then making that decision could prove to be a lot easier but there is also the option to binge watch the programme from the start of the very first series.
Alternatively, you could take our approach and look at the second favourite. It’s not massively scientific but in a series where favourite characters are routinely killed off, we just don’t believe that Game of Thrones will have an obvious ending.