On NFL wagers, Bodog saw NBA and college basketball wagers creep up, and that pattern continued this past weekend. Although the NFL was still out in front, the lead the league has enjoyed since last September is coming to an end despite just two games being played.
NBA and NCAA combined take first place
33.98 percent of the best put on Bodog went to NFL games this past weekend, but 23.22 percent of the competition was won by NCAA Men’s basketball. The NBA raised 19.44 percent, and the combined 41 percent in the sportsbook for hoops wagers took first place. There was also the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) up there, as Conor McGregor was back in the ring. That led to 10.88 percent of the bets on Bodog being made up of UFC wagers.
NHL gains traction
Among sports gamblers, the NHL is beginning to gain traction. This past weekend, the hockey league took 5.83 percent of Bodog’s play, knocking out Germany’s Bundesliga, the FA Cup and the La Liga of Spain. These three divided the amount of gamblers’ wagers nearly equally, combining about 3.43 percent of the bets. With the GT Nations League taking 1.12 percent of the bets, eSports soccer was also in the top ten. It narrowly beat out the Big Bash League and cricket, which took 1.11 percent of the action.
Super Bowl looms
Gamblers provided a prelude to what to expect when the two Conference Championship Games garnered 69.46 percent of Bodog’s attention, with the Super Bowl looming and record wagers anticipated for the clash between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With 35.93 percent of the bets, the AFC game was a slight favourite, while the NFC pulled down 33.53 percent . McGregor and the UFC both ended up getting a lot of coverage, taking 11.37 percent of the Bodog wagers for McGregor’s match against Dustin Poirier. In Round 2, McGregor, favourite to go in, fell to Poirier, leaving a few underdog gamblers very satisfied.
Several NBA games, beginning with the contest between the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, proved to be very tempting for gamblers. As the Knicks fell just short, 4.36 percent of the action was needed. With the Nuggets consistently hammering away at their rivals this past weekend, the Friday game between the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns captured 3.26 percent of the wagers.
On February 7, Super Bowl LV will come to Tampa Bay as the Chiefs host the Bucs. It is the first time an NFL team has played in its own stadium in the championship game and the game will inevitably see a steady flurry of gambling activity between now and then. When it’s done, though, the NBA (and the March Madness of the NCAA) will take care of sportsbooks, with some bets on hockey and baseball included for good measure.