This year was by far the biggest year for online betting on the NFL draft in history. Part of that was the ever-expanding world of online betting. Part of it was the fact that the draft was done differently this year. And part of it was that people were just itching to bet on something.
Experts say that at least three times more bets were placed on the NFL draft than any other year before.
“No matter how many mock drafts you read, no matter how much you’re around what the general consensus is, there are always surprises. There’s always picks we didn’t see coming or a team that valued a player much higher than everyone else,” PointsBet Sports Content Manager Andrew Mannino told PlayUSA. “So, I think that in this time where people have more, sort of, space and mental time to devote to thinking this out, there are definitely some gems out there.
The draft was conducted in various virtual spaces. Commissioner Roger Goodell ran the proceedings out of his basement.
Companies placed all sorts of odds and betting options out there. Online gambling sites had roughly 210 markets each compared to roughly 120 last year.
This goes to show that the NFL draft has captured the attention of online gamblers. In the coming years, you can expect even more bets and more markets to open on the draft.
That's good news for online gambling companies. And it should stretch out to more people actually betting on the games when they happen.
All in all, this is a positive trend for the online betting markets and should bode well as other non-game related bets become available.
It's important to remember that yes, people bet on games, but they can also wager on other factors related to the games. It's important that online casino operators search out those possible bets and create those markets.
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