When you hear “betting”, the first thing you probably think about is “sports”. Which is not a surprise, considering that the two are intertwined. Millions of people around the world place their bets on everything from soccer matches to car races. But what happens when sports are off like they’ve been for the most part of the first half of 2020?
Sports are not the only things you can bet on at Betway and other bookmakers. Actually, there are quite a few categories of bets you can place that have nothing to do with athletes but focus on other things that are fun. Like movies, TV shows, reality shows, and – why not – politics.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a true-crime documentary that took the world by storm earlier this year. It was so insanely successful across the world that it has prompted Hollywood producers to turn the story of Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – better known by the moniker Joe Exotic – into a movie. But which Hollywood superstar will play the role of the colourful character?
The odds are split between Edward Norton, Kevin Bacon, and Billy Bob Thornton, all of them insanely talented actors. Other names that the bookmakers think will have a shot at landing the role are Ben Stiller, Christian Bale, even Tom Cruise – although the odds of him playing the controversial zookeeper are pretty slim.
Politics are often on the menu for bookmakers – after all, many consider politics to be a veritable blood sport, with high stakes and many dirty tricks played by the candidates. Today, we are witnessing the match with perhaps the highest stakes of them all: the US Presidential Elections.
This year’s elections are expected to be tough and dirty, with the coming weeks expected to be filled with dirty tricks and blows below the belt. The situation will be fluid until Election Day, perhaps even beyond. The odds will surely change several times until then.
At the time of writing, Joe Biden has a slight edge over Donald Trump – but it will be exciting to follow the “match” of the two until the end.
Finally, here’s one category that is always filled with fun: award ceremonies. The bigger the award, the more speculations surround it, and the more of the odds are listed at bookies.
One of the awards always in the spotlight is the Oscars. While the awards are not given out until next year, there are already quite a few contenders the jury can choose from.
Right now, movies like Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, “News of the World” with Tom Hanks in the main role, and David Fincher’s “Mank” are considered the favourites to take golden statue for the “Best Film” home, while Disney’s dismal “Dolittle” considered to be the least likely to do so. Viola Davis is considered the actor most likely to win an Oscar this season, with Tilda Swinton of “Doctor Strange” fame being the underdog in this case.