Table tennis overtook baseball and hockey in betting on the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app in 2020

The “Big Four” of professional sports leagues in the United States are the NFL, the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NHL.

This is not the case with the four big sports which attracted the most money for betting on the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app in 2020 on more than $ 218 million wagered:

• The first is basketball at $ 70,622,322.

• The second is football at $ 53,869,591.

• Third is soccer at $ 24,843,983.

• And fourth? Table tennis at $ 21,105,652.

Baseball was fifth with $ 16,956,942, while ice hockey was eighth with $ 6,610,076.

The Scoreboard app has seen tremendous growth since its launch in October 2019.

From October to December of that year, he grossed $ 45,272,477 in betting, with gross profit of $ 2,924,428. During the same period in 2020, he took $ 81,482,414 in bets with a gross profit of $ 9,918,246. And its profit margin went from 6.46% to 12.17%.

And that’s still without varsity sport on the table.

Years ago, the NCAA refused to host its championship sporting events in states that allowed legal betting. The university sports governing body has since relaxed this policy, but Salem politicians did not follow suit.

“As far as the university is concerned, nothing new,” wrote Chuck Baumann, public affairs manager for the Oregon Lottery, in an email. “We know there is revenue to be generated – and that tribal sports books in Oregon currently offer NCAA betting, including on state teams – but we do not have permission from the policy makers to move forward. “

Regarding table tennis, ESPN reported in May that money was pouring into American sports betting on a game known in that country as ping-pong, particularly matches in Russia.

Matt Holt, president of US Integrity, a Las Vegas-based company that monitors betting behavior for NCAA conferences, universities, and professional leagues and teams, described Russian table tennis to ESPN as “a controlled Wild West.” in the USA “.

Although table tennis ranks # 4 in Oregon for dealt bets, it ranked # 1 for average bet amount at $ 51.54 in 2020. Australian Football ($ 49.68 ), Cricket ($ 44.37), Union Rugby round out the top five in this category. ($ 43.01) and tennis ($ 40.91).

Overall in 2020, the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app had 39,952 unique bettors with an average stake of $ 30.61. Of the $ 218,239,661 wagered, he made a gross profit of $ 20,071,260.

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