What is the Most Gambled on Sport?

by | May 5, 2022

Sports fans love to gamble, especially when it is becoming increasingly easier to do so. Most will gravitate towards sports that they know a lot about, even if they don’t win consistently.

What is the most gambled on sport? Soccer takes the tough spot internationally, but there are plenty of other sports that get action.

 

Soccer 

 

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Soccer betting is a hugely popular form of gambling around the world. It should be no surprise with the overall popularity of the sport. Whether you are placing an online bet or heading down to your local sportsbook to make a wager in person, you will find plenty of opportunities for wagering on soccer matches.

What helps out soccer considerably is that there are so many matches all 12 months a year. Between domestic leagues, international friendlies, and major tournaments, there is always an opportunity to gamble. Matches also go relatively quickly compared to other sports, which helps for faster payouts.

Football

Football is the most popular sport in the United States, and it’s growing worldwide. It has the perfect format for gamblers, as the vast majority of college football games are on Saturdays, while the NFL is on Sunday. Football betting takes place all over the world, with people from all walks of life placing bets on their favorite teams.

 

It’s hard to quantify exactly how much impact gambling has had on football and popularity, but it’s impossible to ignore. Not only does gambling help, but daily fantasy sports and fantasy football make this sport a must-watch for so many. That’s why a random college football game in the middle of the week still gets huge TV ratings.

 

Basketball 

 

While basketball may not be as popular as football globally, it is still one of the most gambled on sports in the world. In the United States, basketball betting is especially popular, with people often placing bets on college and professional games.

 

The month of March is extremely popular for gamblers as they tune in for March Madness in college basketball. The NBA playoffs, which go from April to June, are also a very popular time to place wagers.

 

Baseball 

 

Like football, baseball is another sport that is particularly popular in the United States. Betting on baseball games can be a lot of fun, and it is nice to have so many opportunities to bet on a daily basis throughout the summer.

Tennis

 

Tennis is somewhat similar to soccer in that there are tournaments going on seemingly throughout the year. Since it is an individual sport, some people believe that they have a better chance of winning consistently since there are fewer variables. This all adds up to tennis being a very popular sport to bet on.

 

Cricket

 

The United States might not be a hotbed for cricket, but it draws plenty of eyes in several other countries around the world. Whenever there’s eyeballs on a sporting event, they are bound to get better in action.

 

Cricket betting has been around for a long time, and it is popular in countries that have pretty lax gambling laws. Just don’t expect results to be rolling in quickly with as long as matches take.

 

Horse Racing

 

History shows that horse racing and gambling have been connected for years. It used to be that a person had to head to the race track in order to place a wager. Now, it can be done virtually without ever leaving the home. Horse racing may not be as popular as it once was, but gambling on horse racing is still a very popular pastime.

Hockey 

Hockey betting is most popular in Nordic European countries, such as Sweden and Norway. Canadians love their hockey a ton as well. Just like with most other sports, it can be a great way to add some excitement since just about anything happens in a single game.

 

The hockey season runs parallel with the NBA, which makes it easy for fans of both sports to pull off parlay bets.

 

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