- The Coronavirus may have taken many sports away from the betting world but there are still events going on taking bets.
- Fighting and auto racing are two of the things that have not yet been canceled due to COVID-19.
NEW YORK – With the Coronavirus canceling almost every major sport, what does that leave gamblers to be bet on? Not all is lost and there are still events happening that are open for wagers.
They may not be the most popular events found at legal sports betting sites, but they’re on their way to becoming bettors’ favorite sports as the pandemic continues to hinder the all other leagues.
The 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST and aired on the FOX network. The race covers 500.5 miles and 325 laps around the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The top five favorites to win the 2020 Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 are:
- Kevin Harvick – (+470)
- Kyle Busch – (+550)
- Joey Logano – (+650)
- Martin Truex Jr. – (+650)
- Denny Hamlin – (+700)
Earlier this season, Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 which makes his odds to win this 325 lap race all the more interesting to bet on. The leader on the board, Kevin Harvick, has won this race recently in 2018 which may have helped to push his odds to the top.
UFC And Bellator Fights
Bellator 241 will be on Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The event will be closed to spectators as a precaution against the Coronavirus. The Main Card for the Featherweight World Title will begin at 10 p.m. EST and can be viewed live on DAZN.
The fight has Patricio Freire (-909) going up against Pedro Carvalho (+550). Freire will enter the fight as the reigning champion to defend his title. Odds provided by William Hill UK have Freire holding onto his title after the matchup.
UFC Fight Night 170 has fighters entering the cage on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST. The fights will be aired by the ESPN Network. There are ten matchups taking wagers for UFC Fight Night 170.
Main Event Lightweight:
- Kevin Lee – (-135)
- Charles Oliveira – (+115)
Co-main Event Welterweight:
- Gilbert Burns – (-185)
- Demian Maia – (+160)
- Renato Moicano – (-330)
- Damir Hadzovic – (+270)
Light Heavyweight Fight:
- Johnny Walker – (-150)
- Nikita Krylov – (+130)
- Francisco Trinaldo – (-165)
- John Makdessi – (+145)
The above fights are all part of the main events, however, other fights that are accepting bets are listed below. These fights often time provide the same if not more excitement due to the fact that these fighters are trying their best to make their names known.
- Jussier Formiga – (-165)
- Brandon Moreno – (+145)
Women Strawweight Fight:
- Amanda Ribas – (-320)
- Randa Markos – (+260)
- Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos – (-130)
- Aleksei Kunchenko – (+110)
- Enrique Barzola – (-170)
- Rani Yahya – (+150)
Women Flyweight Fight:
- Mayra Bueno Silva – (-140)
- Maryna Moroz – (+120)
Virtual sports and games are always available to wager on as they are done online. They differ from real sports in that the outcomes are based on a randomized algorithm rather than any player’s skill or past knowledge of the sport. This makes them more like playing slots but gamblers still have the pleasure of watching a sports match that lasts a few minutes.
While COVID-19 has taken away a lot from the sports betting world, sportsbooks are still operating and serving up betting opportunities in any way they can.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.