NSW Blues player Damien Cook in training in Sydney.
A look at the past results shows there is some advantage to a team playing at home and winning the first game in State of Origin.
It turns out that betting markets are quite good predictors, on average.
Online bookies can tap into the wisdom of the crowd better than pollsters.
Some football bets are 50 times more harmful than others.
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With a proposition bet, the odds are always against you.
There were red faces all round after the wrong film was given the award for Best Picture. But stranger things have happened.
If the bookies are right - and they usually are - La La Land and Emma Stone will be dancing home from the Oscars.
If you want to know who's going to win the Oscars, your best bet is the bookmakers.
A games experts explains the more complex ways to gamble on Euro 2016 and what the risks are.
Just before they burst.
The swing in betting sentiment the month before the Scottish indyref tells us Boris has his work cut out.
Smells like team spirit. Leicester captain Wes Morgan celebrates scoring against Manchester United.
Egg roulette, terrible passing stats and the odd pizza. The psychology that builds success.
Backed the wrong horse?
Sorry Boris, those with a bet at stake think we're staying put.
Can Rubio win? You bet.
Instead of fixating on polling and pundits, you might as well go straight to the bookies.
The Powerball prize got so big that it wouldn’t fit on some signs – and it keeps growing.
At first glance, US$1.5 billion seems like a lot of money. But that's before taxes and a tendency for winners to spend it unwisely.
You are now three times less likely to win the big prize. So why don't we run for the hills?
Coal seam gas has proved a hot topic ahead of the NSW election, not only on the campaign trail but also on social media, where a ‘social mood reader’ can reveal the depth of community feeling.
Beyond polls and betting markets, how else can we gauge how people feel ahead of future elections? Social media is a goldmine, and one of the newer ways to tap into it is with a "social mood reader".
Where next for the FTSE 100?
The stock market looks a good bet, despite reaching an all-time high late last month. But until the UK election is out of the way, you might want to steer clear.
Nigel for PM?
An important milestone for political junkies is fast approaching: on Friday November 7 it will be six months to go until next year’s UK general election. At this stage it looks almost impossible to call…