With no sport available, bettors were scrambling to find sensible markets to play the odds - but what was left to play?
Well, Russian table tennis. As players started to strike big on the table tennis markets, the gambling community flocked to this thriving new market.
Table Tennis Big Winners
There was a lot of table tennis action during the months of March and April, as bettors seized the opportunity to play on one of the few remaining available markets. A focused community of players learnt how to bet on table tennis and won - some bigger than others.
One lucky William Hill player struck gold on a $50 10-leg Parlay offer and cashed out a total of $9,676.20! A betting slip of favourites that looked like this:
Another big winner was a gambler residing in Nevada, who like our previous winner wagered $100 on a 10-game parlay. Much to his surprise, he hammered all 10 winners and bagged a staggering $24,741.40!
They were not alone. Many bettors tried the odds. The fortunate ones learnt with our advice: study the sport, review the known table tennis betting strategies, find the bookies with the best odds for the sport and so on.
This is not an April Fools!
A @WilliamHillNV mobile bettor cashed in today for almost $19k on their 6-leg table tennis parlay!
Is table tennis betting going to stick around long-term?
It’s doubtful. While it was table tennis that saved many operators, many bettors made an invested interest for a good few months, but, at the end of the day it’s table tennis, and it’s played in Russia.
Players were building trust with competitors in the major leagues and tournaments, almost to the point that they felt they could rely on players and start to trust the odds.
But, with the English Premier League just a couple of weeks away and rumblings of a restart among the owners of the American Major Leagues, we can expect to see the time of Russian table tennis betting fade into the ether.