With the growth of online gambling and the explosion in the number of bookies that exists, it is possible to bet on just about anything these days but many people often question whether or not they can bet on amateur events. The bookies offer thousands of markets on hundreds of sporting events every day from all over the world, but does that include non-professional sports and events?
If we had to give a one-word answer it would be “yes” and in truth, our comment that “it is possible to bet on just about anything these days” pretty much holds true. There are a range of amateur events that most betting sites will always offer and these include such sports and events such as the various Olympic disciplines (although increasingly it could be argued that many of the participants are not truly amateur) and lower level football matches.
What Amateur Sports Can You Bet On?
A quick glance at any big bookmakers website will show they cover a good range of amateur, including some semi-professional, football, with the likes of the Welsh second tier and the English Northern and Southern Premier Leagues falling into that category. Some bookies also cover youth football, whilst many of the amateur Gaelic sports also feature quite prominently and it’s always possible to bet on amateur jockeys in horse racing.
US College sports such as NCAA Basketball, American Football and Baseball are also extremely popular to bet on. As the college athletes are primarily students, they are also all amateurs. The NCAA’s March Madness Basketball tournament is one of the biggest betting events in the US.
What Amateur Sports Can’t You Bet On?
Of course, you won’t find your son’s under-11s on a bookie’s coupon, nor the local county rugby matches. That said, if there is an event that you are eager to bet on and you can’t find it at any of the biggest bookies it’s always worth contacting the bookie directly to see if they will offer you odds.
Accepting bets on smaller events, about which they know little, from a person placing the bets who is, potentially, very knowledgeable, is a risk for the bookmaker. However, some firms will gladly offer odds on just about anything, at least after undertaking a little research. The major downside with this is that to offset the risk their lack of information brings, they will more than likely offer weak odds, with a wide profit margin built in for them, whilst the maximum stake is also likely to be very small in order to limit their liability.