Betting on sports is the biggest part of the gambling market as millions of bettors all over the world place bets on their favorite sports.
What are the most popular sports to bet money on though, and why do people like them so much?
Football — Also known as soccer in the United States, football is the most popular sport to bet on worldwide.
Much of the sports popularity is due to its hundreds of millions of fans, with a huge percentage of them not only watching the game but also betting money on it.
This is due to their love of the game, the huge number of matches always being played around the world and because there is always a football season somewhere in the world. This means gamblers can bet on football games in Europe during the European season, then switch to betting on Asian games when European football clubs are not playing.
A sport that does not have a down time is always going to be a popular one to bet on.
Horse racing — Horse racing has been a popular sport to bet on for hundreds of years, and that has not changed in the modern day either.
Horse races occur all over the world and on almost every continent. This gives gabmlers races they can always bet on and stakes that often tend to be high. Payouts too can be huge, making horse racing a lucrative sport to gamble on.
Tennis — As tennis has become one of the world’s most popular games to watch, it has also become one of its popular games to bet on.
Nowadays, hundreds of millions of people not only like watching the game, but they also know a lot about its top players.
Tennis matches occur throughout the year. There are also tournaments with huge prize money that also tend to make the odds in tennis gambling high as well.
Basketball — While basketball is not as popular in some areas of the world as it is in the United States, there are still hundreds of millions of people following leagues, games and players.
A percentage of those are also sports gamblers, so they love to bet on basketball as much as any other sport.
Ice hockey — Ice hockey does have down time, but that has not stopped the sport from being a popular one to bet on.
This is especially true when you consider both the United States and Canada love ice hockey, as do countries in Europe like Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
With this many hundreds of millions of people avidly watching the game every year, it is no wonder tens of millions of them like to gamble on it as well.
These are only the top5, but there are many more exciting sports out there. And yes, on most of these you can place bets.