The growth of the Internet has transformed the way we watch our sport while at the same time, it’s easier than ever before to place a bet. Live, televised events are beamed into our homes 24 hours a day and even some ‘niche’ games such as darts and snooker have seen their popularity soar.
Naturally, some sports are bigger than others and football has been the main beneficiary of this digital revolution.
The big events
The World Cup has been with us since 1930 and it remains the pinnacle of the sport for all nations. Since the early 1990’s however, we have seen the emergence of more competitions such as the UEFA Champions League which sees the top clubs from Europe compete for a new trophy.
The FA Cup remains a showpiece event in the UK while clubs from around the world also have their own knockout competitions. Leagues have also taken on a new importance with more TV and sponsorship money available for the successful sides.
If you’re looking to place a bet on football then there are lots of options. You can stake on the outright winner of any tournament and naturally, you can speculate on who will come through in each game.
Side markets remain popular with first, last and any time goal scorer joined by correct score, winning margin and many, many more.
The biggest prize
As a whole, betting on football is more popular than any other sport but if you’re looking for the biggest single event, you have to switch to horse racing. The Grand National is the most highly-anticipated event in the calendar and it’s one of the most historic sporting events in the whole world.
Horse racing’s Cheltenham Festival is a four day event which collectively, attracts as much interest as the National while Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby are among the huge events held in the UK. Moving further afield, the Melbourne Cup and the Kentucky Derby are just two of the biggest horse races outside of Great Britain.
Anyone betting on horse racing can either pick the outright winner of any race while an Each Way punt will pay a fraction of the odds if the runner is placed. This is a particularly useful option in a big field where there are some attractive, high priced outside runners.
Joining the revolution
Sports such as cricket, rugby and golf have always been popular but they have also enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the Internet and the growth in satellite TV. All have seen new, major tournaments introduced to meet the demands of the viewing and betting public.
Marginal sports such as snooker, pool and darts have also benefitted while traditional US sports such as Baseball, American Football and Basketball have seen growth across the world.
Similarly to football and horse racing, there is a choice when it comes to other forms of sports betting. Outright winner markets are listed for all events while there is a good selection of side options.
In cricket for example, top batsman and bowler bets are on offer while in golf, you can match the three players who are paired together at the start of any tournament and decide who will win. Points markets exist in many other sports including NFL and basketball.
There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan and for those who can’t always get out to live events, there is so much action available via the TV. The World Wide Web makes betting on sport very straightforward and there is a huge choice of markets for each event.