Who knew Colorado sports fans had such an affinity for a game made famous by Forrest Gump?
Table tennis has been the lone constant since sports betting launched in Colorado on May 1.
When you have no major US sports to bet on, that tends to happen.
Across the pond, English Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A have all returned to the pitch.
Can’t get enough table tennis
Despite the return of those sports, at least on BetRivers this weekend, Colorado sports bettors cannot get enough table tennis. In particular, Russian table tennis.
Last week, it was odd not to see the UFC in the top 10 events that fans bet on at BetRivers. And that was with a UFC Fight Night and a potential Fight of the Year candidate.
Perhaps a trend was developing.
There is one, though, in a completely different direction. And it’s way more obscure.
Top 10 sports leagues BetRivers wagers last weekend
|Sport/League||Percentage of total wagering volume|
|Moscow Liga Pro (Russian table tennis)||20.91%|
|US Pro Tennis Series (women's singles)||19.18%|
|PGA Tour (tournament bets)||15.09%|
|English Premier League||5.56%|
|PGA Tour (2 balls, 18 hole bets)||4.80%|
|Serie A (Italy)||4.67%|
|KBO (Korean Baseball Organization)||4.23%|
|La Liga (Spain)||4.10%|
|NASCAR (Cup Series)||4%|
|US Pro Tennis Series (men's singles)||3.34%|
Top 10 sports
|Top 10 Sports||Percentage of total wagering volume|
|Australian Rules Football||.51%|
Colorado bettors like golf
Two other items that stand out from this weekend’s BetRivers report — Colorado sports bettors do like to bet on golf and (real) tennis.
Did the shutdown of major US sports unlock a hidden gem for Colorado and US sports bettors? Or is this a product of prospective bettors having nothing to bet on and simply needing some sort of distraction from the never-ending chaos?
What about the UFC?
The other factor to keep an eye on is the UFC.
As noted earlier, it was a surprise to not see it in last weekend’s top 10 at BetRivers.
With a stacked event this Saturday for UFC 251, if that happens again, it’s clear that bettors are not interested in the UFC.
Of course, if you’re looking for the next Forrest Gump, it’s hard to take your eyes off table tennis.