What Are People Betting On While Sporting Events Are Cancelled?
The sporting calendar has taken a hit over recent weeks, with many of the biggest competitions and events cancelled around the world. However, gamblers are finding new competitions and sports to bet on instead.
The gambling industry expects to carry on as usual over the coming months, with new sports glaring into focus. Many of the leading sportsbooks will be offering these sports markets for punters, but what are gamblers expected to be betting on over the coming weeks?
Please note: In this article, we discuss the impact of recent events on the gambling industry and take a look at where attention is turning to.
We would like to stress that while gambling can be fun, it is important to seek help if you have a gambling problem and/or current events are causing an increase in your urges to gamble. Great places to start are here: gamcare.org.uk/update-on-covid-19-coronavirus/ & begambleaware.org
Is football still being played? Throughout Europe football has been brought to a standstill with the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga postponed indefinitely. But, football is still being played in certain countries, and many punters will be turning to these divisions. The biggest of which is
in Australia and club football in Belarus.
Many of the leading sportsbooks are offering increased markets for these divisions, with live streams also available on the leading sites. Punters should be able to bet on match winner, both teams to score and over/under markets. Gamblers will be able to watch the majority of these fixtures on the bookmakers’ websites, placing wagers while the action is being played.
Horse Racing in
Ireland & North America
All horse racing in the United Kingdom and Ireland has been postponed, but racing fans will still find action in
Ireland and North America. These races will have live streams on all sportsbooks websites. Racing in Ireland will be the most popular choice for punters, with one meeting per day allowed from the country. There are a bunch of sources about the racing events in Ireland, with @HRIRacing on Twitter providing a lot of information for the daily events.
UPDATE October 2022: With all horse racing in Ireland suspended last week, people are turning to USA, Australia and Hong Kong. There are 15 race meetings in Aus over the weekend with the key events being the Rosehill Vinery Stud Stakes and the Group I Tancred Stakes.
Racing in South Africa is also still going ahead, with live streams available on all the leading sportsbooks. Racing in America is coming from Santa Anita, the Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park.
All the most popular betting options will be available for punters, with gamblers able to bet on the winner. As well as this, punters can place their stakes on a forecast, tricast or a place wager.
One of the more unusual sports that has seen a spike in the number of people betting on it is table tennis. Events in Germany, Ukraine and Russia continue to take place, with the ongoing SETKA Cup a popular pick among punters. All the action is being live-streamed on some of the leading bookmaker’s apps. Points are scored similarly to tennis, but the obvious difference is the size of the table.
The speed is staggering, with players only having a moment to react to shots from the opposing player. The most popular way to be on table tennis competitions is the outright market, but there are many markets for each match.
Betting on E-Sports
The world of e-sports is one of the most lucrative in the world, with players in different teams competing in games such as CS:GO, LOL and DOTA 2. The events in this sport continue as planned, which means there are various betting options for punters on e-sports every day. The matches all centre around different games, which means understanding the game and the two teams is essential information that gamblers must take into account before wagering their money.
The Esoccer Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup
This still looks to be going ahead with updates and fixture announcements still coming in. A fun little Fifa tournament setup by Leyton Orient, the league two side. This is going ahead for a good cause and taking donations here. The money raised from the event will be split with 75% to the EFL, and 25% going to MIND and COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser.
All the leading sportsbooks now offer markets for e-sports events, with the industry-leading ones offering the more extensive markets. Punters bet on match winners, as well as the correct score and the winners of the first and second maps. There is also a handicap market similarly to betting on a football fixture. For instance, you can opt to bet on Team Space to win their match despite having a -1.5 handicap. For this bet to be a winner, Team Space must win by at least two maps.
There are over one billion people that play video games, which means it should come as little surprise that e-sports continue to grow. Punters will be able to watch live streams of different competitions being played. Some of the biggest tournaments that are coming up over the next couple of weeks include the E-League 2020, Overwatch League 2020 and Flashpoint Season 1.
One of the most significant events on the WWE calendar is fast approaching, as WrestleMania takes place over the first weekend in April. It will be the strangest event in the show’s history as it will be taking place over two days and behind closed doors.
The main event on Saturday will see Goldberg defend his WWE Universal Title against Roman Reigns, while Drew McIntyre will be looking to dethrone Brock Lesnar in Sunday’s main event.
Punters will be able to bet on all the action of this weekend, as leading sportsbooks have prices on at least the winner of the respective bouts.
Casino & Gaming
There isn’t just sports to bet on at present. Instead, punters may choose to test their luck in the casino. Some of the most popular games in this section include poker, blackjack and roulette. The most important aspect of playing these games is understanding the rules beforehand. You want to sure of how to win a game of whatever you play.
There are live casino gaming options as well as automated games. Punters will be looking at these in the hope of winning significant returns, making them a hugely popular choice while the sports events are being cancelled. All of the leading sportsbooks will have a casino section on their website and mobile app, which means punters will not need to sign up for a new account. However, there are many new customer offers around for those signing up to a new casino.
Slots are also incredibly popular, as they don’t take as much knowledge to be able to play. Punters can get straight into playing some of the most popular titles such as Starburst and Rainbow Riches.