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What’s Left? SBR’s Guide To New Betting Opportunity

It's slim pickings out there for sports bettors but that hasn't stopped sportsbooks from dreaming up some new lines to keep all of us bored, self-isolated humans that just want some action during this unprecedented time of non-action. Innovation and adaptation are the orders of the day as we all try to cope with a new reality that nobody has quite figured out yet.

The big gambling providers have been hard at work, scouring the globe for sporting events that will indeed take place, they have been inventing new things to bet on and they have been promoting the casino-game side of their businesses. Of course, all sportsbooks are still offering futures bets on all Major Sports. For those still wanting to wager a little cash on the present, there is a surprising amount of betting opportunities and some decent promos that accompany the coronavirus shutdown of all major sports around the globe. Let's take a look at a few.

Bovada

Bovada is one of the top one-stop gambling destinations complete with a full-service casino and a top-notch sportsbook. Right now, the casino is featuring Poker and The Black Diamond Poker Open is giving away $6.3 MILLION in guaranteed winnings. The casino side of Bovada offers up some of the best casino promos and one of the biggest selection of games around including Live Dealer options that could act to minimize the isolation we are being forced into day-by-day.

Bovada Sports has been having a bit of a harder time as one could imagine. There was one point last week where Bovada asked “What Will Be The Maximum Temperature In Jacksonville, FL On March 18?”, while setting the over/under at 83 degrees. Bovada is taking bets on the US political landscape, offering odds on "Winning Party of the 2020 Election", "Next White House Cabinet Member to Leave Administration" and "Who will win the Senate and House in 2020?" just to name a few.

Actual sports to bet on include Russian Basketball and Volleyball, Australian Soccer and Football, Belarussian hockey and a full selection of e-sports, virtual sports, UFC 249 and Entertainment Prop Bets. Horse racing around North America is also fully operational, and Bovada has that covered as well.

Heritage

Heritage Sports has begun pumping its Casino side as well. The site has a huge menu of casino games including Live Dealer options and is offering during this downtime a $100 No Risk casino promo. That means that each week Heritage will offer a $100 cash rebate on $100 of your casino NET losses.

On the sports side Heritage is holding out hope for the restart of the NHL and NBA seasons, offering an NBA/NHL Boost which rewards customers who keep their accounts funded between now and the restart of either season. Those customers will have their accounts topped up with a 20% cash bonus, based on their account balance.

As far as the sports Heritage is offering action on horse racing, Aussie Rules Football, eSports, UFC 249.

Bookmaker

Bookmaker is another Major site that has been forced to switch their focus during this time of near-total sports shutdown. The Bookmaker Casino is currently running daily freeroll tournaments that pay $10,000+ and slots tournaments called March Machine Madness in which $160,000 will be given away in addition to their wide array of casino game options.

Bookmaker is in the process of bringing back their poker-focus with tournaments being announced soon.

As far as sports go, Bookmaker, like the other gambling providers has scoured the globe and if a pro league is operating, they are offering action. A look at what Bookmaker sports is offering shows Russian and Sudanese Basketball, Hong Kong, Nicaraguan, Saint Kitts and Nevis Soccer along with Club Friendly and E-Soccer action. There is still UFC, boxing, New Zealand rugby, Aussie Rules Football, table tennis and a variety of horse races being staged around the world.

At Bookmaker, you can find action on a variety of Entertainment, Political and Financial props as well.

BetOnline

BetOnline is one of the more complete gambling stops for bettors. Their casino game chops will likely buoy the provider during this period of craziness in the sports betting industry. BetOnline has adapted and turned their attention to tournaments, specifically poker. Right now, they are in the middle of a $750,000 guaranteed tournament series that started March 15 and lasts until March 29 when the tournaments culminate with a $109 buy-in, $150,000 guaranteed main event.

As far as sports go, BetOnline is full-throttle on futures bets. You can put hard-earned dollars on who will win each of North America's Major leagues as well as just who will be selected first in the upcoming NFL Draft. Russian Basketball and Hockey, Belarussian Hockey and Soccer, Aussie Rules Football, Table Tennis and upcoming Boxing and UFC Bouts are on the wagering card. Horse Racing continues to be one of the most untouched sports around and can be accessed at BetOnline as well.

BetOnline, like some other Major sportsbooks, is taking bets on politics as well. Bets on who will win the 2020 US Presidential Election and who will win the Popular Vote are available as well as pop-culture wagers on who will win "American Idol", "Survivor" and… wait for it… The National Spelling Bee.

5Dimes

5Dimes is another full-service casino that can lean on other aspects of their business to stay relevant in the betting industry. To their credit, 5Dimes has been one of the more invested sportsbooks with regard to E-Sports. Right now, they are taking bets on CS Global Offensive, League of Legends, Overwatch, NBA2K, Rainbow Six Siege, StarCraft 2 and Call of Duty Futures.

As far as sports go, they, like everybody else is banking on Futures Bets. Who will win the NBA Championship and who will win next year’s Super Bowl? Their lineup of actual sports is understandably limited. Chances are, not many are interested in betting on Table Tennis anyway. You can bet on US Politics, competitive eating, the horses or even the spelling bee with 5Dimes.

Intertops

Intertops is another site that looks as though they have dedicated themselves to Esports and are offering an Esports Trial Stake-Back Special. E-sports lines are all over the site right now. But they have stayed true to what they are as well. There is plenty of NFL Betting Action including the NFL Draft and the latest boxing and MMA odds. Other than that, the action is typically slim unless you are into Belarussian Hockey or some of the most obscure professional leagues around the world.

The Poker Room is all set up and there are some nice promotions to get you in on some action including a 200% Bonus up to $1000 + 25 Casino Spins. Political betting, which has taken off during this period of no sports and wagers on pop culture, is also available to bet on with Intertops.

YouWager

YouWager seems to be taking a less aggressive approach to finding new betting opportunities for its clientele during the coronavirus societal slowdown. Their sportsbook features only boxing and MMA to bet on at this time and they don’t seem to be interested in wagers on Belarussian Professional Basketball. Their racebook is also up and running, albeit on a limited basis.

YouWager’s casino offers up the usual slate of Table Games, Slots, Video Poker Games Keno & Scratch Games with some decent promos happening at the moment and frequent tournaments in the poker rooms.

Bottom Line

Betting sites, just like everything are trying to navigate these strange times but instead of closing their doors, they are busy finding new ways to get you in on the action. While Belarussian hockey of Sudanese basketball may not be your thing, e-sports, horse racing, wagers on pop-culture and some incredible, authentic online casino experiences are there to fill the void.

Every book has adapted to the best of their ability. Check one or a few out yourself.