What does a sports bettor do if there are no actual sports to bet on?
While the thought of sports being “canceled” in the US seemed nearly impossible two weeks ago, that’s all changed with the rapid spreading coronavirus outbreak.
Just 9 days ago, Darren Rovell with the Action Network even predicted that all 50 states would officially make sports betting legal. His prediction came on the heels of several states, including Illinois and Michigan, legally green lighting sports betting.
The first major professional sports league to suspend play was the NBA after a player contracted the virus. Soon after, the NHL and MLB followed suit, with the most recent NCAA even canceling their March Madness tournament, a highly-anticipated event for bettors everywhere this time of year.
With the global pandemic heavy in play, it wasn’t too long until Las Vegas, the gambling mecca of the world, shut down their casinos for 30 days following a mandate given by Nevada Gov. Sisolak. And other casinos across the country have temporarily shut their doors, too.
So what does that leave a sports bettor to do? No sports. No casinos. But top bookies are saying “no problem” and choosing to get creative with their line offerings instead.
This creative spectrum of wagers is ranging from weather predictions, politics, Tom Brady’s future, celebrity dead pools and more. Let’s take a look at the unique lines being offered by some of our top bookies at BestUSCasinos.org.
Trending betting opportunities at the popular online sportsbook Bovada this week asked what the weather would look like in several different states: “What will be the maximum temperature in Dallas, Texas on March 19?”
The winner said “Under 79 Degrees Fahrenheit, ” choosing to go under -155 as opposed to +155.
Photo: Bovada Screenshot
“The severity of what’s going on in the world right now, it’s bombarding us,” said Pat Morrow, head oddsmaker at Bovada. “You can’t really flip away from cable news. You can’t have your usual distractions. So we figured: What else are people talking about? What else are people engaging with? Hopefully this could be our own way to provide distraction.”
Bovada also offers political wagers, which seem to be quite popular among bettors. Right now, political wagers are weighing the winnings odds between Republican and Democratic candidates, and the 2020 US Presidential Election Winner.
US Presidential Election 2020 – Democratic Candidate
- Joe Biden -2000
- Hillary Clinton +1400
- Bernie Sanders +2500
- Michelle Obama +5000
- Tulsi Gabbard +20000
US Presidential Election 2020 – Republican Candidate
- Donald Trump -2000
- Mike Pence +1600
- Nikki Haley +3000
- Mitt Romney +8000
- Paul Ryan +10000
- Ben Sasse +15000
- John Kasich +15000
- William (Bill) Weld +15000
- All wagers have action. More upon request.
US Presidential Election 2020 – Odds To Win
2020 US Presidential Election Winner
- Donald Trump -105
- Joe Biden -105
- Bernie Sanders +4000
- Mike Pence +5000
- Hillary Clinton +8000
- Nikki Haley +10000
- Michelle Obama +20000
- Tulsi Gabbard +50000
Data taken from Bovada
Tom Brady has been a hot topic of discussion during the 2020 offseason, especially amid the sport suspensions.
On BetOnline, popular lines featuring Tom Brady are focusing on his total interceptions, passing yards, and TD passes during the 2020 regular season.
Photo: BetOnline Screenshot
Keeping in line with its motto, “Bet on Anything. Anywhere. At any time.” the online sportsbook has been offering a wide variety of unique bets, including U.S. politics, Trump, and celebrity dead pools.
One wager is having bettors place odds on “who will play the next James Bond.”
Photo: MyBookie Screenshot
Some Sportsbooks Are Staying in Their Lanes
While it isn’t illegal to bet on politics or other creative forms of non-sports event wagers in the US, some sportsbooks are decidedly sticking strictly to sports.
“Any offerings in Nevada are still sports based and horse racing,” said Vinny Magliulo of the Vegas-based sports betting network VSiN. “With Nevada casinos closed, the only way to bet on a limited menu (Australian Rules Football & Rugby, Turkish Super LIG Soccer, MLB Pennants & World Series & Super Bowl Futures, some later in the year boxing) is on the mobile apps within Nevada.”
Bets are Still Happening in the Midst of the Coronavirus Outbreak
Futures betting for offseason leagues are still on, like the MLB and NFL. Esports is also expected to rise up during this period of shutdown, should they remain to hold non-spectator events. Virtual horse-racing is also available on some platforms.
Other online sportsbooks are even betting on which league will come back from the crisis first.
For professional sports bettors wanting to keep their bets focused on sports, they’re turning to International markets like Mexican soccer, Turkish soccer, and Serbian soccer to get their bet fixings in.
Other professional bettors are shifting focus to smaller Esports league. NFL futures, and some UFC games.
Which one of these bets would you be willing to wager on? The weather? Tom Brady’s future? Or who the next James Bond will be?
There’s still a lot to stay busy with during this season of sports shutdown.