Each country has its favorite sport. To some, it is part of the national identity. To others, it is a very lucrative business venture. Whichever it is, almost every sport draws players to place their money on the outcome of matches and performances. Some are simply more popular than others. Here are the most popular sports around the world that people like to bet on.
As stated before, there are sports that are the pride and symbol of a nation. In Thailand, it is Muay Thai. It is a combat sport that is similar to boxing, with the addition of using elbows, kicks and knee strikes. The martial art is so popular that children start learning it from a young age.
Apart from being the basis of many practical martial art styles around the world, Muay Thai is lucrative and a betting haven. So much so that there are even code hand gestures that people who wish to place a bet use to make the bookies take notice. Of course, this only applies if you are betting on Muay Thai while you are next to the ring.
The United States
The States deserve their own section, because their sporting events are popularized and broadcast around the world. In addition to that, the sports listed here all fit in the red-white-and-blue mentality.
Known as America’s favorite pastime, Baseball has been a part of the US cultural identity since its creation. One of the common hobbies among friends and coworkers is to start a fantasy league. Many people go to the games to cheer on their favorite teams on, even if they are aware that the odds are not in their favor.
Speaking of odds, monetary investment in this game reached 4.8 billion dollars in 2017 in Nevada alone. There is no telling how big the baseball betting world is, but one thing is certain – those nine innings will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours, even if you don’t have a personal stake in the game.
Michael ‘Air’ Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, and others are the reason the NBA is known and followed around the world. In 2017, more than thirty million people watched the NBA All-Star game. But what interests us more is the fact that the amount of 10 billion dollars was wagered during the March Madness.
This is hands-down the most popular sport in America. Other countries may enjoy basketball, or have their own baseball teams (looking at you, Japan), but American Football is the sport to watch, play and bet on.
The National Football League, or NFL, season lasts for 17 weeks, during which 380 games are played. That means you can bet on 380 games in four months. Additionally, you can enjoy college football a few months before that.
Kōei Kyōgi, Japan
Japan is a little bit strict when it comes to gambling in general, but that doesn’t stop enthusiasts from enjoying the Kōei kyōgi, or public sports. They consist of four types of races: powerboat races, motorcycle races on asphalt, bicycle races, and, of course, horse races. While gambling is frowned upon in most Japanese sports, Kōei kyōgi are an exception to this rule, as betting on these races is regulated by the local government.