The process of social distancing has impacted everyone around the country, including the sportsbooks in West Virginia.
With every WV casino closed, there is a more significant emphasis on mobile sports betting apps.
While all three in the Mountain State are still accepting sports bets online, there isn’t a whole lot to bet on.
The sports shutdown throughout the world has forced the online platforms to offer some very unique betting markets.
Online sportsbooks are open for business and currently showcase odds that might not have existed previously. Mobile wagering apps include:
Although most of the betting options don’t necessarily bring in a lot of revenue, sportsbooks don’t expect them to. A few of the random markets now offered are mostly helping books keep bettors active during this incredibly slow period.
Acquiring customers is one of the most challenging tasks for any new business. Since these online sportsbooks have already devoted a lot of time and money into building a customer base, they don’t want to do so again.
By providing some different markets that wouldn’t be available; otherwise, betting apps can keep the interest of everyone.
So even though sportsbooks and casinos are losing plenty of money at the moment, they understand the circumstances. If they’re able to retain the majority of bettors that use the online platforms, then they’ll be content and in a good position when sports do return.
Let’s examine some of the most uncommon betting odds offered right now at WV sportsbooks.
Moscow Table Tennis
Table tennis is by far one of the strangest markets available to bet on. Although it’s an Olympic sport, there isn’t much coverage around professional ping-pong in the US.
Table tennis is usually considered a game played among friends at a social gathering, but now you’re able to wager on the pro league in Moscow.
The Moscow Liga Pro is offered at multiple online sportsbooks in WV.
While you might want to do a little research on the actual scoring rules of table tennis before wagering, the odds are presented just like regular tennis matches.
On top of providing you a sport to bet on, FanDuel even gives you something to watch. You’re able to live stream most of the table tennis matchups directly from your mobile device.
Even though ping-pong is a bizarre sport to wager on, it makes sense why sportsbooks feature odds for it. Americans are familiar with the game and can definitely find some entertainment value by putting money on a match.
Another sport that people in the US love to watch and gamble on is basketball. Without the NBA or March Madness this spring, bettors must turn to Taiwan basketball.
Of course, American basketball is widely covered in this country, but you don’t hear too much about foreign leagues. Though several international teams are more than formidable, the majority of good players take their talents to the NBA.
Despite probably not knowing much about players or rules, you can bet on Taiwan basketball at WV sportsbooks. Even though there aren’t as many odds given as you might typically find, there is at least a moneyline for every game.
Again, sportsbooks recognize that they won’t be earning a lot of revenue from these markets. DraftKings implemented a maximum profit of $500 for specific events.
But like table tennis, basketball is very common around the US and is something bettors might find exciting no matter which country it’s being played in.
As far as betting on bizarre sporting events, nothing is weirder than animated virtual sports. While this option is usually listed at online casinos, BetMGM highlights virtuals at the top of its sportsbook.
If you’re unfamiliar with these types of “sports,” they are exactly what they sound like. Bettors can put money down on a computer-generated race or game.
Currently, BetMGM has the following options available:
Instead of waiting for a live event to begin, you can place a bet on a virtual race or match anytime you want.
Some people might enjoy putting a few dollars down on virtual sports. However, they would never be listed as a top sportsbook option in most cases.
The most normal oddball betting market is soccer matches in foreign countries. Although international soccer leagues like the EPL, La Liga, and Serie A are very popular for bettors in the US, all of those are shut down as well.
With minimal options remaining, online sportsbooks are bringing attention to any soccer they can find.
The most popular option is professional soccer in Belarus. All three mobile betting apps in WV include odds for the Vysheyshaya Liga.
Another market offered is soccer in Nicaragua.
Unlike table tennis or virtual sports, the game of soccer is the same everywhere in the world. If sportsbooks can occupy bettors for a few months with markets that seem familiar, then they’ve done their job.