Ukraine

  • Russia has had sports betting taken away after their attacks on Ukraine.
  • Both DraftKings and FanDuel have stopped catering to Russian residents.

RUSSIA – As the Russian attacks on Ukraine continue on a daily basis, the world is continuing to cut Russia out of the picture by stopping banking options and driving their currency down. Something else that has happened to Russia is a sports betting bad as DraftKings and FanDuel have put a temporary suspension on the country as well as Belarus.

Aside from not allowing betting from both Russia and Belarus, the legal sports betting sites also stopped offering odds on Russian based sports such as the Kontinental Hockey League, the top hockey league in the country.

In addition to the sports betting ban, major sports leagues have also pulled out of Russia. Those leagues include the ATP Kremlin Cup, UEFA Champions League, F1 Grand Prix, and most notably, FIFA has barred Russia from competing in the 2022 World Cup.

The loss of KHL betting on DraftKings will be a tough pill to swallow for them as it was the most bet on sport in May 2020 in Colorado. Also, more recently in January of 2022, there was a whopping $7.6 million bet on the sport in Colorado as well.

Others To Follow

While DraftKings has started the trend and FanDuel becoming the second online betting site to make it public on their Russian ban, there have been rumors of others to follow.

Other major sportsbooks that have been rumored to follow in pulling their sites from Russia also include Caesars and PointsBet.

All in all, there will be no way of betting on sports at these operators in Russia or Belarus for the foreseeable future.

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