Rugby league is one of, if not the, toughest team sport on the face of the planet and every week punters are pulling their hair out when their accumulator goes wrong - but that never stops them from going back for more.
There are plenty of winners each week as well though as they have a number of divisions to choose from including the NRL down under in Australia.
The main competition over in the United Kingdom is the Super League and the outright winning market for the competition is the most popular with plenty of people coining it in over the past six years by backing Leeds Rhinos who have won the Grand Final in five of those years - so if you have no clue about rugby you can do worse than backing the Rhinos every year.
As well as the Super League, there is the Championship and Championship 1 tournaments and also domestic cup competitions such as the Challenge Cup and the Northern Rail Cup provide punters with a wide range of betting outlets to keep them busy over the season.
Rugby league fans don’t just keep their interest going in the UK they also have a dabble in the NRL market where the games are little bit more difficult to predict - in the past six seasons in the NRL there have been four different winners compared to the two in the Super League. So you need to study the market more to get it right because the competition is more fierce and equal.
In rugby league you don’t have to just rely on the accumulator betting as plenty of bookmakers run specials for individual matches and also for the more personal awards dished out at the end of the season.
One of the popular markets has to be the Man of Steel, which is awarded for the player to have the biggest impact on the season, and every fan or punter has their favourite and many took an early punt on Sam Tomkins at the start of the season because the way he was playing they were certain his odds would be slashed as the ceremony approached.
Not only can you back the Man of Steel winner you can also use your expertise knowledge to predict which players will be selected for the Super League Dream Team.
Another of the most popular markets on a weekly basis is the handicap market - sometimes it is easy to predict the winner of a Super League match if it is a top versus bottom encounter but many punters like to make it more interesting by backing the underdog with a start and that can be done with every division whether it is in the UK or over in Australia.
2013 sees the Rugby League World Cup take place in the UK and you can already get odds on the outright winner with Australia already odds-on favourites right across the board with holders New Zealand second favourites with England next in line.