What Sports are Open for Betting During the Covid-19 Epidemic?
While much of the world is suffering through sports withdrawal, some sports and leagues continue to operate. Along with some sports to watch, online sportsbooks are offering odds on everything that is currently running. Some leagues include the Nippon Baseball League, Super Basketball League and, potentially on April 10, the KHL. Bettors will also find futures markets open for betting too, with odds on the NFL currently the most popular.
Below are some sports still available for betting during the Corona Virus crisis. While many Canadians will find these options obscure (or to put it less lightly straight-up weird), as long as social distancing measures are in place, people looking to bet on sports are limited.
For sports fans missing out on hoops (after March Madness was cancelled and the NBA suspended play indefinitely), the Super Basketball League in Taiwan is still operating. Online sportsbooks offer all the standard basketball betting odds on the Super Basketball League, including moneylines, point spreads and game totals.
Many online sportsbooks offer multiple game totals betting lines on every SBL game. As this league does not have the talent or resources seen in the NBA, the over/under lines are lower, typically under 200 points.
As the country has dealt well with THe COVID-19 virus. Japan continues to operate some sporting league, including the Nippon Professional Baseball (sometimes referred to as the Japanese Baseball league). The NPB is arguably the second-best overall baseball league in the world, outside the MLB.
Baseball betting options on the NPB include moneylines and game totals. Some online sportsbooks may offer five-inning lines and some player props as well.
— NPB on reddit (@NPB_Reddit) April 1, 2020
Although it has been suspended for the time, the KHL is set to return on April 10. The Russian hockey league trails only the NHL in terms of quality of hockey. KHL hockey betting odds include moneylines, three-way bets (win-loss-tie), over/under lines and some player props.
The Belarusian Cup is a soccer tournament with 52 teams competing for an entire year. The semi-finals of the 2019-20 Cup are set for April (with two legs). The winners meet in the Finals, with the winner having a chance to qualify for the Europa League the following year.
For a sport in a closer timezone (or same time zone for parts of Canada), bettors can check out the Liga Primera de Nicaragua. The top soccer league in Nicaragua features ten teams spread across Nicaragua. Betting odds on the league include moneylines, game totals and Asian handicaps.
Some bettors may know some teams from the league, as the top teams compete in the CONCACAF every year.
— Liga Primera (@lgaprimera) April 6, 2020
While the ridiculous audience that helps make darts fun to watch is absent, there still are betting odds available. Of the odds, which include match-winner and Asian handicaps, the best betting odds are on the correct score of the match.
Competitive darts are played to a best of five. With ten potential outcomes, the odds offer value and allow for multiple wagers.
Although it does not have a strong foothold competitively in North America, table tennis does have leagues (with betting available) in Europe. Two leagues, the Czech TT Star Series and Liga Pro Moscow are still happening. Betting odds are available, with the outright winner of the match as the top betting option.
Tennis in Latvia
Currently, in Latvia, there is some tennis action on the hard surface. Although the names are not huge, there still are betting odds available on the event.
Odds are slightly limited on the Sky Tennis event, with the outright winner of each match the only option available on most online sportsbooks. Still, for the tennis fan, this is the best quality tennis to available for the foreseeable future.
NFL Futures Markets
While the certainty of leagues resuming this year remains up in the air, there still are futures markets open on some leagues. The NFL regular season is still five months away, and the league remains optimistic it will start on time.
The league’s optimism has many online sportsbooks still offering NFL futures on the upcoming NFL season. These futures include win totals, Division odds, player awards and Super Bowl odds.
There are also odds available on a few remaining NFL free agents. That includes quarterbacks Cam Newton ad Jamais Winston.
Where to Bet on Sports?
Even in these times, bonuses are available for new users signing up today. Check out the online sportsbooks below for the best options to bet on current sports and futures on more traditional betting options (such as the NFL).
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