With over 3.5 billion human beings now connected to the internet, the full and epic weirdness of humanity is on display like never before. While this has created completely new conversations, plenty of political chaos, and lots of new friendships and opportunities, it has also opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to betting. These days, you can bet on just about anything online, ranging from the new and novel to the completely bizarre.
I recently went through a phase of being bored with betting on boxing and football, which would be my usual sports bets. I decided to conduct a deep dive to find new betting markets and opportunities. What I discovered was interesting, and I have, in fact, bet on several of the things you’ll learn about below.
These are five things you didn’t know you can bet, but I promise you, you can. In some cases, you really should consider doing so.
Even those who don’t think of themselves as gamblers have a punt on the lottery from time to time, but did you know that you can also bet on the outcome of lotteries in other countries?
While you have to be a resident of the country to win a jackpot in a national lottery, there are now websites which let you bet on which numbers will be drawn. These lotto sites promise to pay you the equivalent monetary prize as you would receive if you held a real ticket.
Yes, that means that UK gamblers can now bet on the US Powerball, the SuperEnalotto, and many other draws. Just be 100% sure that you’re betting on a site which can fulfil its financial obligations on the off chance that you do win a colossal jackpot.
Also, if you do decide to play the Mega Millions on a third-party lotto site, make sure that you read the small print. Usually, to prevent financial ruin, there are clauses in place that you’ll be paid wins over a certain amount on a monthly basis until you receive the full amount.
Still, it’s great that you can bet in lotteries you would never have had the chance to win before. Many new online gamblers have no idea that you can do so, but now you do.
Remember when your parents told you that playing video games would get you nowhere? Well, they were wrong then, and you’re wrong when you tell it to your kids now. Thanks to the burgeoning esports industry, top-level gamers are making a living, and in some cases making millions, playing competitive video games.
While you might never log enough hours on CS:GO to become part of a professional team, you can bet on the outcome of various video gaming tournaments. esports betting is absolutely huge, and most mainstream bookmakers now offer action on the significant events in the esports calendar.
Some of the games you can bet on include Counter-Strike, League of Legends, DOTA2, Overwatch, Street Fighter, and more. You can bet on which team will win a map or an overall match/tournaments, and there are also plenty of in-play bets with esports betting.
I’m not a video gamer myself, but I’ve heard that lots of players now bet head-to-head through gaming platforms, too. They use escrow accounts to fund their wagers, and the winner gets the pot. So, even if you aren’t good enough to make the cut for an esports team, there’s still a way to make money playing video games.
You can bet on all sorts of random happenings these days. From more sensible things such as who will win at the Oscars and when the next British PM will resign to outright crazy like when the aliens will land and when nuclear war will break out, you’ll find most of these bets listed under the “specials” category at online bookmakers. You’ll have to dig a little deeper to find some of the stranger things to bet on, but I assure you they are out there.
Here’s a quick list of weird and wonderful specials bets which you can currently make:
The exact date of the alien invasion.
The name of the next Royal Baby.
Anything to do with Kim Jong-Un.
The date of Armageddon.
When scientists will find evidence of alien life.
What shortages the UK will experience first post-Brexit.
TV series events such as who will win Love Island.
What date Tupac will drop his comeback album on.
As you can see, these bets range from fairly mainstream to whacky to absolutely impossible to collect on. As they say, if you can think of it, you can bet on it.
No, I’m not kidding when I say that you can bet on a fake sport. While I can feel the resentment of WWE fans for saying that, the fact remains that the WWE decides match outcomes in advance. Sure, injuries are real, and no, I could not do what they do, but it’s still decided in advance, and therefore, it surprises me that you can bet on it.
Some of the things which you can bet on include who will win individual matches such as The Rock vs Roman Reigns, to who will win major events like the Royal Rumble, to the method of victory such as Tombstone, Sweet Chin Music, or Rock Bottom (am I showing my age here?)
Apparently, WWE has really tightened up on who knows the outcomes of events. This makes sense and is good for business, and it is also what has allowed a WWE betting market to evolve. However, on a few occasions, information has leaked and the bets have been cancelled by bookies.
When I was a kid growing up in the UK, I thought that football, rugby, cricket, tennis, and boxing were the only sports in the world. It wasn’t until my dad installed Sky TV that I realized the world of sports was much bigger than I imagined.
Still, even this didn’t prepare me for some of the things I encountered when I packed a backpack and travelled around Asia. From spider fighting to toad racing, there are some culturally unique sports out there, to say the least.
Here are a few of them which you can bet on:
Spider Fighting – They out two spiders in a matchbox and they fight to the death. Cruel, yes, but it’s massive in The Philippines.
Wife Carrying – How fast could you walk 100 metres with your wife on your back? That’s what wife carrying is all about.
Cornhole – Throwing small bags of corn through a hole cut out of cardboard – why not? Yes, you can bet on cornhole competitions.
Chess – OK, it’s not a strange sport, but who would have thought that you could wager on one of the most time-consuming games invented by man?
Eating Contests – Yes, you can bet on who can eat the most hotdogs at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, who will tap out in a chilli eating contest, and whether or not someone might break the world record for the most chicken nuggets eaten in three minutes flat (it’s 37 nuggets by the way).
Tips For Betting on Strange Events
While some of these are for novelty or fun purposes only (betting on Armageddon, for example), there are some serious betting opportunities on the list. For example, I now regularly bet on foreign lottos when the jackpots are big enough, and while I haven’t regularly watched WWE since the Rock and Stone Cold era, now that I know I can bet on it, it just might make it interesting enough for me to start watching again with my son who loves it.
Here are my best tips for betting on the things listed here:
Find a Reputable Betting Site
I shouldn’t need to say this, but I never get tired of warning my readers about scam operators. Not many of the “mainstream sites” will offer odds on the things listed above. I’m not saying that all betting sites which offer these bets are scams, but be careful and think twice before placing bets with non-mainstream sites. Visit our page on the best sports betting sites, where we have reviewed and vetted sites and provided you with the best options.
Do Your Market Research
Don’t just go in blindly and bet on random events. Just as you would do when betting on football or boxing, take some time to figure out the market. Explore the esports stats centre, find out what the odds are on winning jackpots in foreign lotteries, and learn the match records of champion chess players. Always treat your bets like investments and do your research before jumping in.
Don’t Go Crazy
When you discover new betting markets, and especially when you like the new opportunities they present, there’s a possibility that you’ll overdo it. Just remember to bet responsibly and don’t ever risk more than you can afford to lose. The chances of winning a Powerball jackpot are slim, but your bills will be due at the end of the month for certain.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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