Sports betting is big international business, and by ‘big’ we mean astronomical! The estimated global income for the sports betting industry is somewhere between $700 billion and $1 trillion a year. In 2017, a record-breaking $4.68 billion was wagered in Nevada sportsbooks alone!
The FIFA World Cup
Football (soccer) is the world’s most popular sport, and it makes sense that it pulls in the most money. Each year, it’s estimated that soccer makes up 70% of the above-listed $1 trillion!
The FIFA World Cup is the ultimate tournament in the football calendar, occurring every four years. Despite a runtime of just one month, the World Cup provides an enormous amount of betting opportunities.
The competition kicks off with 210 countries participating in the qualifying rounds, then battling it out through different stages to make the final 32. Bettors from around the world are able to place wagers each step of the way. Although there aren’t any official figures as to how much is bet worldwide during the entire tournament, it’s estimated to be more than $260 million.
If you are a football freak then you have the opportunity of betting on football at UFABET. You can make money if you have good football sense.
The Super Bowl
If we focus on the American scene, the National Football League is king. Bets on the NFL make up almost half of all sports bets placed, with the Super Bowl being the single most popular betting event during the sporting year.
The 2018 Super Bowl LII, which saw the Eagles stick it to the Patriots, brought in a record-breaking $158.6 million worth of wagers at Nevada sportsbooks. This staggering figure broke the record of $138.5 million wagered during the Super Bowl LI the previous year.
Of course, these are only the official (legal) figures. According to estimates made by the American Gaming Association, the real total wagered was likely in the region of $4.76 billion.
The NCAA tournament is one of the highlights for sports fans and bettors alike. 68 teams battle it out through seven single-elimination rounds in one month with the hope of being named national champions
Figures from the American Gaming Association (AGA) predicted that more than $10 billion would be wagered on the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. A mere fraction of that amount (3%) was probably bet legally.
However, considering that betting is legal in only one state then $300 million total bets on one sporting event is madness!
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most important horse racing events in the United States and is, in fact, one of the longest-running sports events in the country. The event takes place on the first Saturday of May at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.
The ‘Run for the Roses’ draws a crowd of more than 150,000 spectators to the racetrack. This isn’t even counting the huge number of home viewers: The 144th Kentucky Derby pulled in 16.2 million viewers on NBC.
Churchill Downs reported record-breaking wagering with $209.2 million in bets over the 14-race card. The main race alone pulled in over $139.2 million in wagers, breaking the previous record of $137.9 million set in 2015.