Sports betting has come a long way from its traditional roots, expanding into a vast and diverse landscape where betting enthusiasts can wager on various events beyond the usual outcomes.
In our article below, we embark on a deep dive into the types of bets that many people don’t even know exist.
While most people are familiar with common bets like moneylines, point spreads, and over/under, on sports like tennis, football, and rugby, and even other options like election betting, there exists a treasure trove of lesser-known betting options that offer unique thrills and opportunities to win real money.
These are just some of the best-hidden jewels of the betting world.
Cornhole, also known as bean bag toss or bags, is a popular outdoor lawn game that can be played casually with friends and family or even competitively in tournaments.
For those who enjoy betting on Cornhole, the scoring system is important.
Scoring in Cornhole is based on where the bags land on the board and in the hole:
- In the Hole (Cornhole): A bag that goes through the hole in the board earns the player/team three points. If a player’s bag goes through the hole and their opponent’s bag also goes through the hole in the same turn, they cancel each other out, and no points are scored for those bags.
- On the Board (Woody): A bag that lands on the board but does not go through the hole earns the player/team one point.
- Off the Board: If a bag does not land on the board or go through the hole, it earns zero points.
Curling, a sport often associated with the Winter Olympics, has grown in popularity beyond its traditional roots.
Originating in Scotland, this fast-paced ice sport combines precision, strategy, and teamwork.
As interest in curling continues to surge, so does the excitement surrounding betting opportunities.
Bettors must take into account several factors before placing their wagers – including team dynamics, the format of a tournament, the conditions of the ice, and injuries and roster changes.
Cow Chip Tossing
Cow chip tossing involves competitors throwing a dried cow dung chip as far as they possibly can.
The chips are of a particular size, and each person competing gets two throws.
While you probably won’t find this particular market on offer at your local sportsbook, many locals enjoy having a (stinky) horse in this particular race.
Rock Paper Scissors
When it comes to games of chance, few are as universally recognized and straightforward as Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS).
Often used to settle playful disputes or make light-hearted decisions, this classic hand game has also evolved into an unexpected platform for betting.
While it may seem whimsical, betting on Rock, Paper, Scissors has gained popularity as a social activity, allowing friends and enthusiasts to engage in friendly competition with a twist of excitement.
There’s even a World Rock Paper Scissors Association, which organisation hosts an annual World Championship in Europe, the US, and Canada. This is when real-money betting on the popular game becomes a serious business for many.