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Coronavirus Sports Betting Guide

COVID-19COVID-19, the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, continues to spread worldwide, and most professional and college sports have been suspended or canceled to help limit the global outbreak of the viral disease.

As a result, legal sports betting—both in the United States and internationally—is sure to take a massive hit due to there being far fewer sports and events to wager on at sportsbooks and betting sites.

We’ve compiled a list of everything you can bet on legally—sports, politics, entertainment, events, and more—during the coronavirus pandemic as well as what’s not currently available for action.

Is it legal to place a bet during the Coronavirus?

Yes. Whether it’s during the coronavirus pandemic or normal times, there are two ways to bet on sports and other events legally:

  1. States ‒ Several states have legalized sports betting following the repeal of PASPA in 2018. To if sportsbooks accept wagers where you live, check out our State By State Legal Sports Betting Guide.
  2. Offshore ‒ Because U.S. law cannot be enforced on other countries and jurisdictions, there is no law, at both the state or federal level, that can prohibit you from placing a bet at offshore betting sites.

Below you’ll find our vetted list of the best online sportsbooks available during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The betting sites we recommend are among the world’s most trusted options for age 18+ bettors will continue to be the preferred way to wager for years to come.

Best Betting Sites During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Top Rated #1 IconBovada Sportsbook50% Max $250USA Players Legally AcceptedVisit Site
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How has COVID-19 affected sports betting?

Numerous sports leagues—both in the United States and internationally—have temporarily suspended or outright canceled games, seasons, playoffs, tournaments, championships, and other events to limit the spread of the COVID-19 viral disease.

On Wednesday, March 11, the NBA announced the league would be suspending the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Since then, the vast majority of professional and collegiate sports leagues have followed as more athletes, both stateside and worldwide, continue to test positive.

Without sports being played, an outcome can’t receive odds and wagers can’t be placed. Sportsbooks look forward to March Madness betting since it’s second only to the Super Bowl in regards to handle amount and annual revenue projections will take a major hit due to the cancelation from the NCAA.

The best bet for bookmakers is to try and get creative until coronavirus pandemic is under control because sporting events with large gatherings won’t be held across the entire world for the foreseeable future.

Everything You Can Still Bet On

Here you’ll find all the different ways to place a bet online during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to the sporting events that are still planning to take place, we’ve also included various ways to gamble legally at the online sportsbooks.

Also: It’s worth noting that even though major sports leagues have suspended or canceled play, betting sites still have various futures available. Although, we recommend waiting to see how the coronavirus situation plays out since it may have a great effect on a team or player’s title chances when play resumes.

Online Casino ‒ Even though a casino isn’t a “sport,” all of the betting sites we recommend have top-tier online casinos with Las Vegas-style games such as: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, craps, bingo, and hundreds more.

Online Poker ‒ Our reviewed sportsbooks also have online, virtual, and live dealer poker, which are another way to gamble during the coronavirus and our review sportsbooks.

NFL ‒ Although football is not currently in season, the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada is still scheduled to take place Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25. Odds for Super Bowl 55 and AFC and NFC championship futures are available.

Boxing ‒ Top Rank has recently postponed upcoming events, but there are still futures available for big-time bouts, such as Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III.

Chess ‒ The 2020 Chess World Championship is still scheduled to take place and has odds available.

Entertainment ‒ Events such as the Scripps National Spelling Bee, American Idol, Hot Dog Eating contest, Razzie Awards, and more currently have odds.

Cricket ‒ Several pro cricket leagues around the world have delayed the start to their seasons, including the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, there are futures to bet on at this time.

Olympics ‒ The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan have not been postponed. The relay is already underway after the torch was lit in ancient Olympia on March 12.

Rugby ‒ Australia’s National Rugby League and some others have not suspended play but several rugby leagues around the world have postponed their seasons.

UFC ‒ Dana White has said UFC Fight Night Brazil, Bellator 241 and future mixed-martial arts events will be held, but without fans.

Esports ‒ Several esports competitions, such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Call of Duty, are still being held with teams playing online or in empty venues. However, this varies from game to game and some, like Overwatch and DOTA 2, have postponed esports tournaments until further notice.

WWE ‒ WrestleMania 36 is still scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida on April 4.

Politics ‒ As long as there are politicians, there will be odds available. However, there is a possibility voting for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary may be moved back but several pundits have dismissed the idea.

Virtual Sports ‒ Several sportsbooks are displaying virtual sports, which is a video simulation of a game or sport, as a betting alternative.

Snooker ‒ The Gibraltar Open is taking place despite some players withdrawing due to the coronavirus.

Horse Racing ‒ Various horse races are still on but major events, like the Kentucky Derby, are expected to be postponed.

Canceled/Suspended Sports List

The following is the current status of major sports leagues from the United States and around the world. We will update this list as more information becomes available.

NBA ‒ The 2019-20 NBA regular season has been suspended until further notice.

College Basketball ‒ The NCAA has canceled March Madness 2020 for both the men's and women's basketball tournaments.

MLB ‒ Spring training has been canceled and Opening Day (was March 26) has been delayed for at least two more weeks.

NHL ‒ The 2019-20 NHL regular season has been suspended and the pro ice hockey league hopes to reschedule all 189 remaining games that were on the calendar.

MLS ‒ Major League Soccer suspended its season for at least 30 days.

XFL ‒ The second-half of the inaugural 2020 XFL season has been postponed until further notice.

International Soccer ‒ Nearly all of the European football leagues, including the Premier League, UEFA, La Liga, and more, have postponed their seasons until early April.

Tennis ‒ Both ATP and the International Tennis Federation have suspended all pro tennis tournaments until April 20.

Golf ‒ All PGA Tour tournaments, including The Masters (was April 9-12), have been postponed. Players Championship was canceled after round one.

NASCAR ‒ The next two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway were scheduled to take place, but have now been postponed.

College Football ‒ Conferences and colleges have begun postponing all football-related activities, including pro days for players who are eligible for the NFL Draft.

Darts ‒ The Premier League Darts has been rescheduled for September.

Formula One ‒ The Australian Grand Prix has been canceled, and Formula One intends to begin the season with the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

Coronavirus Betting Odds & Prop Bets

As previously mentioned above, sportsbooks around the globe will need to come up with unique ways to place a wager since their bottom lines are going to take a huge hit without any sporting events.

The oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook have already risen to the occasion and begun accepting bets legally on when the sports leagues will resume their seasons once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Below you’ll find the coronavirus-themed odds and props currently listed, and we’ll update as more are posted.

COVID-19 Betting Specials at Bovada Sportsbook

  • Which Sports League Will Be First To Play A Regular Season Or Playoff Game?
    • MLB +170
    • NHL +205
    • NBA +225
    • MLS +400

Graded winner: Based on Day of the first game. If 2 leagues play their first game on the same day, all wagers will be settled No Action.

  • When Will The Next Regular Season Or Post Season Game Be Played In The NBA?
    • On Or Before April 18, 2020 +250
    • After April 18, 2020 -400

Graded winner: First game played after March 11th, 2020 will count as the date used for grading purposes. Any wagers placed on the same day news becomes public knowledge will be deemed void.

  • When Will The Next Regular Season Or Post Season Game Be Played In The MLB?
    • After May 3, 2020 -220
    • On Or Before May 3, 2020 +165

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