With most of the world sheltering in place and practicing social distancing when moving about, we are all reminded of what could have been in the world of sports. By now all those brackets would have been busted. The three week thrill ride known as March Madness would have been getting closer to its conclusion with the Final Four that was scheduled to start this weekend. The first full week of the Major League Baseball season would be concluding as well. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have none of those events. Instead, the sporting world gets video games, simulated matchups and Belarusian soccer. At least it’s something to keep everyone distracted during these difficult times.
I used to get frustrated with my nephews for spending so much time in front of the monitor playing video games. They never got out of the house and I was concerned about social awkwardness. Well, they eventually stopped gaming and now I wish they hadn’t. With so many people involved and the number of leagues available, gamers can make a good chunk of change. And now is the perfect time for esports with everyone on lockdown and there are ways to gamble on them.
The gaming world has evolved in the weeks since the coronavirus outbreak. Basketball bettors in need of some competition will get their fix starting this weekend with the NBA and NBA 2K20 teaming for a players only tournament. The event has 16 current NBA players competing against each other in a single-elimination format. Odds are available at BookMaker.eu for each game as well as the overall winner. First-round games will be played on Friday and Sunday and televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
🎮CS:GO ESEA North America
Blood sweat &tear -285
🎮ESL Pro League North America
Evil Geniuses -180
Team Dignitas -128
Rainbow Six Events
— Official Bookmaker (@bookmaker_eu) April 2, 2020
The NBA 2K20 tournament is a nice departure from the pro gamers. If you got caught up in that realm the last few weeks don’t worry, they’re still competing. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular games around and odds have surfaced for daily matches.
Surprisingly, there are several leagues and teams in competitive video gaming around the globe. The ESL Pro League Europe and North America continue Season 11 of CS:GO. A few other leagues like Flashpoint and ESEA have some of the best CS:GO battles scheduled. The Finnish Telia Esports Series is underway with betting odds available for matches streamed on Twitch.tv. Gamers are also competing in League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Starcraft 2 among others, and, you got it, odds for those encounters are available at online sportsbooks.
Check out the latest eSports betting schedule and odds for today.
Sticking with the video game theme sports simulations have become a betting treat. Unlike esports, these matchups are set to simulation mode and turned loose, hence the name sports sims. Daily Madden NFL20 sims have satisfied some of the hunger for sports bettors. Fans can join in the fun of an actual event from games like NBA 2K20, MLB The Show 20 and NHL 20. It’s about as realistic as we’re going to get while everyone hunkers down.
— Official Bookmaker (@bookmaker_eu) April 3, 2020
You can wager on all the matchups at BookMaker.eu. And just like the real thing, the lines are set after halftime and live betting options are available. Be sure to watch all the simulated matchups on Twitch.tv.
Check out today’s Sport Sims betting schedule and odds.
You have to go to the Eastern European nation of Belarus to find soccer matches still being played. Giving the finger to the coronavirus, the Belarusian Premier League is forging ahead. And fans are invited to join the fun. Last week’s battle between FC Minsk and Dinamo Minsk attracted over 3,000 spectators.
It’s not the most glamorous league but it’s pretty much all we have. In an effort to give the league more exposure, all eight games this weekend are spread out over different time slots from Friday through Sunday. A first-place battle between FC Minsk and Energetyk-BGU Minsk is slated for Sunday morning. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the league will continue with matches with no intention of postponing or canceling the season. Spreads, totals and moneylines for every match are available at BookMaker.eu.
Check out today’s soccer betting odds.
Prop bets have surfaced for the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for later this month. Currently there are a number of futures bets for several sports available at BookMaker.eu. Oddsmakers have Super Bowl LV odds, AFL and NFL conference champion odds and division odds posted. We also saw win totals hit the board for every team.
Futures for Major League Baseball are also available at BookMaker.eu. World Series, National League and American League pennant, and division odds have all hit the board. You can also place a futures bet on the NL and AL MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year award winners.
Check out today’s available Futures odds.