Betting on sports has never been so popular. With the advent of mobile and app betting, the industry is set to grow even more!
We thought we’d look at the five most popular sports in history with the biggest ever betting spend.
1. Football World Cup (Global)
The most popular spectator sport in the World is football, so it’s no surprise that the biggest event in the sport is also the most heavily gambled event!
The projections where for over £200 million but actually more was betted on, with numbers approaching £300 million.
The tournament is also almost one month long which helps secure it as the most betted on event. Online providers such as netbet.co.uk provide a platform to bet on such events.
2. Superbowl (USA)
The Superbowl could be argued to be the most betted on event as it is purely a one day event, in fact it’s not even a one day event, more like a few hours.
Most of the USA grinds to a halt on Superbowl day and people from all over the World will have a bet on the outcome of the finale of the NFL.
3. Cricket World Cup (Global)
OK, if you are American you might not know a whole load about Cricket. In fact the same could be said for many countries as the game is little known outside of the old ‘British Commonwealth’ world.
However sports betting is big in many of the competing countries, such as England, India, Australia/NZ and a huge amount of bets are placed.
The Cricket WC is over 6 weeks so it’s no surprise it features here!
4. Grand National (UK)
The oldest steeple chase in the World, the Grand National, takes place near Liverpool in England around late April time.
A huge amount of people will have a bet on the outcome. The volume of bets comes from the fact many people will only have a ‘flutter’ once a year on the horses, and this is the race they’ll bet on.
5. World Series Baseball (USA)
The culmination of the pro baseball leagues in the USA is the World Series, where the winner of the American leagues goes head to head with the winner of the National league.
The World Series can last over a week and outside of Superbowl, is the most popular sport in the US to have a bet on.