The popularity of
making online gambling bets is going through the roof. Many
online gambling sites are reporting record numbers of wagers on
some of the most bizarre and amusing things.
There were many stories in the news over the summer of online
gambling sites and sports betting websites of gamblers placing
bets on the weather, especially hurricane season, and this trend
attracted a lot of heat from the victims of hurricane Katrina.
Gamblers were placing bets on the numbers of hurricanes that
would hit in a specified time, the categories of the hurricanes
that were likely to hit and so forth. Online gambling sites
refused to take bets from gamblers that were directly related to
human suffering. On the whole the betting was all good natured
and even some hurricane victims joined in.
The World Cup soccer competition held in Germany in June and
July saw record numbers of wagers being placed from all over the
world. Bets were taken by online gambling sites from all sorts
of perspectives. Educated gamblers studied the form of each team
and tried to make predictions of the outcome of the world cup
and uneducated gamblers made bets on how many red cards would be
given, how many corner kicks and other random wagers.
Online gambling websites are reporting more and more business
from viewers of reality T.V. shows. Websites were reporting
record numbers of hits from gamblers placing bets on the new
reality T.V. series "Dancing with the Stars". Online gambling
sites were giving out the odds, despite the show being almost a
month away from airing. Online gambling sites place the
favourite Mario Lopez at 3 to 1 and the lowest odds go to T.V.
show host Jerry Springer at 49 -1. Online gambling sites are
taking wagers throughout the duration of the series.
Britney Spears is another favourite of the online gambling
sites. She is a pretty big target for random bets such as how
many children will she produce in the next couple of years, what
sex they will be and wagers determining the length of her
marriage and how long her husband will continue living in the
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are another couple in the glare of
the online gambling phenomenon. Online gambling sites are
speculating whether their marriage is imminent after the birth
of their child.
Some of the most intense wagering has been on the final of the
reality show "Big Brother". One online gambling site reported
over $1 million worth of action on the final alone. This figure
competes with gambling on regular NFL games. Another online
gambling site has reported over $10 million dollars worth of
wagering over the entire summer series.
The favourite to win on Big Brother is Pete Bennett from
Brighton, England who suffers from Tourette's syndrome. The odds
that were being offered on Bennett to win were 1 – 3. Second
favourite went to Aisleyne Wallace an argumentative Londoner
with odds of 7 – 2.