Betting on Who Will Be the 2019 World’s Strongest Man

| June 5, 2019 12:00 am PDT

The Mountain just got done gouging out his brother’s eyes before (I assume) burning to death in a fiery blaze. Now he’s about to go try to defend his title as the World’s Strongest Man.

You probably didn’t come here for Game of Thrones chatter (or spoilers), but the cat is out of the bag, #internet and all.

He’s not officially The Mountain, anyway.

He’s Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, and he’s the toughest dude on the planet. It was literally proven last year when he won the intense strength competition.

It took hard work to get here, but Bjornsson reaching the top stage didn’t shock anyone. He was the World’s Strongest Man runner-up in 2017, 2016, and 2014, and he has finished in the top three in each of the last seven years.

Yeah, he’s strong and apparently remarkably consistent.

So, can bettors bank on a repeat, or should we look for someone else to win the 2019 World’s Strongest Man Competition?

2019 World’s Strongest Man Competition Odds

There isn’t a big list of odds for all of the top competitors just yet, but Bovada does have a few nice World’s Strongest Man prop bets.

One of them is whether the defending champion, Bjornsson, will win for the second year in a row.

His dominance over the better half of the past decade puts him very much in the mix again, while it’s worth noting that there truly are only a handful of options to realistically consider.

Will Hafthor Julius Bjornsson Win?

Vegas isn’t playing around with this, just because this competition tends to be somewhat volatile. The same big names are in the running, but it’s been tough to gauge every single time out who will actually win.

Here are the odds at Bovada for whether it’s another title for Bjornsson or someone else.


While it’s tough to predict an event that relies so heavily on traits like strength and will, it’s worth noting that the World’s Strongest Man Competition has seen repeat winners before.

In fact, Brian Shaw did just that in 2015 and 2016. He’s one of seven competitors that have pulled off the feat, with Mariusz Pudzianowski actually (gulp) doing it twice.

The odds indicate Bjornsson is the mild favorite and should be expected to win again, but you should brush up on his main threats before making a final bet.

Top Contenders

Mateusz Kieliszkowski finished right behind Bjornsson last year and is clearly on the rise. The 25-year-old will be competing for the third time this year and clearly is closing in on a big win.

He’s already made his presence known, as he won the Plane Pull in 2017 and also has two records to his name. He’s still young and a bit inexperienced compared to the other brutes he’s facing, but taking second place last year should keep him on your radar.

Brian Shaw won four times before and will surely be chomping at the bit to get his title back.

Not only would that be an impressive feat after finishing third in each of the last two WSM competitions, but another win would tie him for first place with the legendary Pudzianowski.

Most bettors will be down on Shaw since he hasn’t even finished in second in either of the last two WSM events, but the 37-year-old could have one more championship run in him.

Eddie Hall is easily one of the other big names bettors would look to. The 31-year-old won here in 2017 and holds the deadlift world record (500 kg). Unfortunately, he previously said he won’t be competing to win WSM again.

Who Will Win the World’s Strongest Man Competition?

This event is down to three big names, and they all have very compelling narratives.

The man known best as The Mountain has been consistently great and finally got to the top last year. He’ll undoubtedly be hungry to prove that wasn’t a fluke en route to defending his title.

Brian Shaw has history on the line. He’s older now at 37, but he’s remained very competitive and won as recently as 2016. If he can sidestep the youngster and make this a battle of wills between him and Bjornsson, he has a chance at a special run.

Between Shaw and Kieliszkowski, though, I’m leaning with the young gun. Kieliszkowski is building momentum, and it’s impossible to ignore last year’s strong second-place push. He could really give The Mountain a run for his money this year.

At just 30 years old, very much in his prime, and supremely motivated, Bjornsson makes sense as the favorite, and I don’t see much reason to go away from him.


Will the Mountain Deadlift More than 474 Kilograms?

The record for a deadlift sits at 500, so it certainly isn’t crazy to fathom the reigning WSM champion at least coming close to that mark.

Bovada wonders if he’ll just top 474 kg, though.


Bjornsson actually came close to tying the world record at the 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic, so it’s not crazy to think he at least beats this mark set by Bovada.

Check out the video for yourself.

One YouTube user pointed out that his foot seemed to slide a bit during his attempt (and it did, ever so slightly). If Bjornsson can keep things steady on his next attempt, he could easily set a personal best.

This dude is about as strong as it gets, and he’s only getting better. I wouldn’t put it past him to pass this weight-lifting barrier, while the price is worth chasing as well.


Will Anyone Break the 500 Kilogram Deadlift Record?

If you’re with me in thinking that Hafthor Julius Bjornsson could top the 474kg mark, why not go the extra mile and cheer him on to break the deadlift world record?

I’m sure Eddie Hall won’t be eager to see his mark matched or bested, but it’s not for him to decide. The Mountain had a solid effort the last time he attempted the feat, and I think if he perfects his form, he could have a real shot.

The beauty here is this wager doesn’t demand that The Mountain breaks the record. It could be any World’s Strongest Man contestant, and the odds are very inviting.


I’ll be the first to admit that this is one tall order. Just because Eddie Hall set the new record recently does not mean at all that it will be matched or surpassed anytime soon — or ever.

Records are made to be broken, though.

You aren’t betting on one guy beating this record, either. Any contestant can give it a go, and if they top the old mark, you win. This +350 price is worth chasing, even though logic suggests it’s more likely it won’t happen.

Just as good as winning would simply be seeing such an impressive feat unfold. Let’s cheer on history as we chase some elite betting value at the 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition.



The 2019 World’s Strongest Man competition is going to be fun to take in no matter what goes down.

As I said, there are some fun storylines to track. Getting a champion back to defend his title is always ideal, while there could be a new winner and/or history tapped into this summer.

In addition, everyone at the WSM will be chasing all types of history. The 500kg deadlift probably takes the cake right now, but there are other contests to win and other records to break.

Tune in for a wild ride from June 13th to June 16th, and hopefully our World’s Strongest Man picks can help you enjoy the event even more. Good luck, and happy betting!

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