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For Whom the Belarusian Tolls: Punters Still Have a Live Football Affair to Bet On
The smallest of countries takes on the biggest of roles in Corona era sports betting.
Contrary to not-so-popular opinion, there still is some live football to punt on, bringing the Belarusian football league more attention than anyone would have ever dreamed. Until now.
Slotegrator's Surprise Finding
In a true sign of the times that has seen all major sports competitions throughout Europe suspended, postponed, or canceled due to the Coronavirus, Slotegrator reports that the Belarus football championship launched with a winning start.
Belarus Toils On
The revelation that there was still a live football event to bet on touched down Tuesday, March 19th, when Energetyk-BGU hosted perennial Belarus powerhouse BATE before a crowd of 730, or roughly half the empty stadium.
As the only opportunity to place a bet on a live football match during the coronavirus outbreak,.
the Belarusian Premier League has emerged as last league standing—a live football event with live spectators that can be viewed on TV and punted upon as well.
Sports Channels Tune In
Many channels across Europe are now picking up the Belarusian Premiere League Games, giving thirsty Corona-era punters whom have never given the Belarusian football League a second thought the only opportunity to bet on any live football event.
The Bela Curve
At this point, William Hill sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich calls the Belarusian football market a “decent business.”
Deputy General Director for Trading at Russian bookmaker Liga Stavok, Maksim Afanasyev, confirms the view with the following suddenly not-so-startling startling growth:
“If we look back at the last season, then [you see that] the Belarus championship got less than 1% of all the bets on football...compared to the last year we already notice an increase in volume that’s 20 times bigger than the last season.”
In-Play As Well
In addition to outcome wagers, punters further enjoyed the opportunity to place popular live in-play bets.
In a time in which the betting industry is struggling so mightily, a football league with tiny stadiums in a sparsely populated country deep into Eastern Europe may prove to be the only sustainable model for sports betting in the time of Corona.
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