With the new year already under way, sports fans are looking for ways to spend their time. Many people are turning to sports betting because of its increasing popularity, but not all countries will allow sports betting. Where can you legally place a wager, and what are the different types of odds that you will find there? Let’s take a quick look.
Australia is a paradise for sports fans with a professional football (AFL) league, an international cricket league, and a Grand Slam-winning tennis event, the Australian Open. If you are from Down Under, you will no doubt be familiar with the Aussie dollar, which is one of the most popularly used currencies for online gambling. As a result, Australian gambling sites have developed something of a reputation for welcoming international customers. That reputation was put to the test in April, when the Australian government introduced legislation that would have effectively banned online sports betting – sparking a boycott from Australian punters. Fortunately, the bill was rejected by parliament and there were no reprisals from the Australian government. However, the Australian sports betting market was seriously damaged by the introduction of the legislation. The country’s biggest bookmaker, Sportsbet, saw a 64% drop in profit during the month of April. In August, the country’s top football league, the Australian Football League, introduced new regulations that will see professional teams banned from having any commercial relationships with betting agencies. The new regulations will go into effect in 2019 and will affect all clubs and players who receive any form of payment for media exposure. The aim is to promote integrity and eradicate any suspicion of impropriety. The betting agency that the league hired to help it implement the new rules is set to earn $20 million over four years.
New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere, and as a result, gets a lot of sun! The country is made up of two separate regions, the North Island and the South Island. The main cities in the North Island are Auckland, Hamilton, and Taiti. The South Island is home to the city of Christchurch, as well as the towns of Queenstown and Arrowtown. The North Island has a heavier cricketing tradition than the South, with many international fans having a love for the Black Caps. The country also produces some of the world’s best rugby players, and recently the All Blacks won the 2018 Rugby World Cup, which is arguably the greatest feat in the country’s history. The win made them the favorite to win the next tournament as well, with bookmakers offering them as strong as 4/7 (40%) odds. The country’s Parliament recently rejected a bill that would have legalised and regulated online sports betting, arguing that existing legislation was sufficient. However, the bill wasn’t completely killed off, and the government is still considering changes to current laws that would allow for legalized betting.
The United Kingdom is an island country that is part of the European Union. It is one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists, with many people having it on their bucket list of places to see before they die. One of the most popular sports in the UK is football, or soccer as it’s known elsewhere in Europe. The England Premier League is one of the most popular professional football leagues in Europe, and thousands of fans come from all over the world to see the beautiful game. One of the biggest rivalries in English football is the Derby between the teams from the city of Derby and the town of Nottingham. The game is generally known as the ‘Derby Argyle’ due to its association with the Northern and Southern associations of the towns. The rivalry between the two towns is a major part of both their local identities, and even their national identities. The England national football team has also had a lot of success recently, winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They were also the world’s third best team in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, losing out to eventual winners Liverpool in the semifinal. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the English team reached the final, where they lost to Germany.
The United States of America are the third largest country in the world, and the third most popular destination for tourists. It is one of the most populated countries as well, with around 328 million people living there. It is a truly global nation, with people from all over the world coming to America to study, work, or live. The most popular sport in the country is also one of the most popular sports in the world, football, or soccer as it’s known elsewhere. The American League is the top professional league in the country, and the National Football League (NFL) is the most popular sporting league there as well. The most popular wagering website in America is probably William Hill, with over 1.8 million accounts. They are followed by bet365 and 5Dimes, with over a million accounts each. William Hill and bet365 are quite close, with the two having a share agreement in the UK, and Ireland as well. In 2020, a new online sports marketplace, BetCRX (formerly known as BetConstruct), which operates in the UK and Republic of Ireland will begin operating in States, offering customers from both regions a global choice of sports with English football, Australian Rules football, and Spanish football available on the site. This will allow US-based sports fans to continue placing wagers on their favorite team when they travel abroad. As long as you are visiting a state where online gambling is legal, you should have no problem doing so.
Canada is located in the Northern Hemisphere and gets a lot of snow in the winter, making it one of the most beautiful countries to live in. The country is made up of ten provinces, with Toronto being the largest city and home to the international airport. Since 2017, Canadians have been able to place wagers on sporting events through online sports betting agencies, as a result of a government bill that increased the regulatory framework for sports betting in Canada. This has led to the rise of a Canadian sports betting market, with many countries taking note and wanting to do business with this emerging powerhouse.
That’s a quick overview of the main regions that handle sports betting. With the World Cup coming up, you might be considering getting in on the action yourself. If so, you’ll need to look into the different types of odds available and which betting sites offer the best value for your money.