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Greyhound Racing, Curling American Football and Esports-Alternative Sports for Betting

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 September 2018, 10:55 IST
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Placing bets on sporting events can be a fun way to make a little extra cash, while also making an event all the more exciting and dramatic to watch! If you normally find yourself hanging on the edge of your seat watching football or cricket, then imagine how much more involved you’re going to be when you have a large sum of cash riding on the outcome!

But why limit your betting to just the ‘big sports’? Why not branch out and try some less obvious sports in order to make your winnings? Not only can you potentially get great odds this way, but you’ll also be able to get invested (literally!) in some new and different sports. You might just find something new that you will love watching!

Here are some great suggestions…

Greyhound Racing

Greyhound racing means watching incredibly fit and athletic dogs run around a track and betting on the dog that will come first.

This is a little like betting on the horses, except it is actually even faster paced. Without those pesky humans to get in the way, the dogs are free to belt around the track at top speed – leaning so far sideways that they almost shave their fur off. They’re like living motorbikes! And did you know that they’re actually the second fastest animals on the planet on foot? That’s just after hyenas. Pretty amazing!

This is an incredibly exciting sport to watch and because there are no jockeys, that means it’s entirely down to the health of dogs. Meaning in turn that you can make some pretty accurate bets just by looking at how covered in muscle each animal in. Find the latest greyhound betting events on this website.


Have you ever seen a sport without knowing much about it and then laughed at how ridiculous it all seems?

This is how many people react to curling. It looks pretty bizarre after all – generally involving watching people slide a puck across some ice and then run in front of it sweeping. Yep, it’s strange. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! This is actually a surprisingly interesting spectators’ sport that can get quite tense. Take some time to learn about it, then try it out for yourself.

American Football

In England we have something of a tendency to think we are the kings of sport. That’s because we only focus on the ones that we’re any good at!

But when it comes to betting, it makes sense to branch out a little further and consider those games we tend to overlook. For example: American football. Not only is this less commonly bet on in the UK, but it’s also surprisingly good fun to watch.

And as with more popular sports over here, finding the best opportunities is often a matter of looking at smaller games. Often the games that are getting less attention will be easier for you to find appealing odds on, especially if you happen to have insider knowledge. This is where it can be very useful for instance to use your home-grown knowledge as a fan of a smaller local team. You might have picked up on a recent winning streak for your hometown, or maybe you’ve noticed that a player is underperforming due to an injury. Out of the media’s spotlight, you might this way be able to anticipate surprises that others will miss.


Finally, you should definitely check out esports. Again, this might be one that you have turned your nose up at in the past. How can game be considered a sport if no one even stands up or does anything physical?

(Um, snooker anyone?) 

In truth, this is a very unfair way to look at esports. In fact, they’re incredibly taxing and highly competitive. Playing a game like Starcraft involves strategizing in real time – taking countless simultaneous actions and decisions every moment. Other games like Dragon Ball Fighterz are all about reflexes, timing, and knowing precise button combinations. Just like any other sport, this is about training, staying level-headed, and knowing the game inside out.

And just like any other sport, you can stand to win big once you understand what the game is all about. Start by reading up on the most popular esports, then take a look at some of the most well-known players. You’ll find that there are lots of opportunities here and that it’s actually pretty great to watch – just like being round a mate’s house at a party while playing Mario Kart.

Closing Comments

So, there you go, there are plenty of games other than football and the obvious sports that you can bet on and enjoy watching. Take the time to do a little more research, and you’ll discover new things to enjoy and potentially win big.

First published: 14 September 2018, 10:55 IST