The struggle is real, especially for those who gamble on sports. It's caused them to — let's just say — get creative when it comes to scratching their betting itches. Things have started to get weird.
Recently, FanDuel — a daily fantasy sports company that allows some fans in certain states to bet on sports — let players place bets on phrases or words that would be uttered in the Democratic debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Think of the contests exactly as you would a fantasy football league, only instead of a touchdown, Sanders saying "Trump" or Biden mentioning coronavirus are worth points.
Bruh, the sports world so dead right now FanDuel doing a contest on the Democratic debate LMAOOOOOOO ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/3rYSAC3puw— Hen Hefner (@YungEmac) March 15, 2020
This is where we are. What a time, huh? It actually gets weirder. So, so much weirder.
In light of things going on in the U.S., fans are going underground, betting on events such as the KHL Russian Hockey League, Turkish and Mexican soccer leagues, and virtual horse racing. You read that correctly — people are actually placing wagers on computerized horse races. People are betting on television shows such as Survivor and The Bachelor. These things are really happening.
???? | FREE HORSE RACING GAME— 3 FURLONGS OUT (@3furlongsout) March 18, 2020
Check out the Rival Stars Horse Racing App! ????????
Players can feel the thrill & thunder of horse racing through virtual races!
Download: https://t.co/zOjInDJDTo… pic.twitter.com/lZAWVp5es7
Bovada, a sportsbook company based in Costa Rica, has even resorted to the ridiculous betting equivalent of watching grass grow: It's taking bets on the maximum temperatures in various cities around the country. It's like roulette, only with climate change.
According to BetOnWeather.io co-founder Jesse Rowe, betting on the weather might be here to stay. "Even when major sports do return, we think we'll still be standing because let's face it, people are more likely to guess their local temperature correctly than a Browns football game coming this fall," Rowe told CNBC.
Until recently, some fans had turned to Australian football, also known as rugby, to get their fix. That avenue was quickly closed as Australia saw a spike in COVID-19 cases Saturday. Sports bettors really can't buy a bucket right now.
Hope you all liked your brief introduction to Australian football because it’s also over. ???? https://t.co/E37SBVHUVa— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 22, 2020
We sports fans are all in this together, but completely apart. Every bit of sports content is being treated like an ounce of gold. Desperate times call for embarrassingly desperate measures. Hopefully when things go back to normal, so too will the gambling world.