Betting has been part of the human psyche for millennia, and people have bet on pretty much anything they can over the years. Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. It is generally considered a form of gambling.
Aside from simple wagers such as betting a friend that one’s favourite football team will win, that a national sports team will win a high-profile international tournament or that a particular driver will perform well in a racing event, sports betting is commonly performed through a bookmaker or through various online internet outlets. With the incredible explosion of activity online, sports betting and internet betting has similarly boomed.
Ever since Bill Shankley voiced the international concern and love of sport, saying football is much more important than simply a matter of life and death, everyone has realised just how much sport is part of our DNA. Now imagine the pressure on the sportsmen and women themselves, the pressure to constantly perform, entertain and obviously, win on a day to day basis.
Pure Sporting Competition Leads to Emotive Sports Betting
One of the characteristics of contests and competitions in the field of sports, if one looks at it this way, is that it is a pure form of direct competition. Although there might be singing contests with winners and losers, and the sense of competition is just as fierce, performers often dragged out on a weekly basis for continued follow-up performances, champions are selected based on a value judgement. Someone’s opinion only, be it judges, an individual or the public. In sporting contests, a winner has to be unearthed.
This direct competition means that it is not always the deserving, or even the best player or team that wins the match, adding an element of unpredictability as well as a host of factors that contribute to winning in sport, such as team spirit, determination, leadership, coaching methods and plain luck all play a part. In a game of football, for instance, it is possible to be the better team on the field, produce a highly entertaining performance, and yet, if a horrible opponent kicks the ball into the net, you still lose.
It is, in fact this very brutal nature of sports betting that makes it so addictive to watch. One may have favourites and there may be some sportsmen, teams or competitors deserve to win, that should win, but end up losing. Fans suffer the same pain and emotion that the players do. It is in fact this very emotive factor, this determined support and fervent wish for success that drives fan sites around the world, increases the financial rewards and hence competitiveness of the sport itself. It also leads to sports betting having become a virtual sport in its own right, adding colour and emotion to the world.
Thanks to this incredible growth, and specifically that of smartphone technology, this century, the popularity of mobile betting sites is exploding, as a techno-savvy populace becomes aware of the capabilities of this sensational device. No longer is it necessary to sit down at an internet enabled computer to experience the thrill of sports betting online sites since smartphones comfortably have the capability to access, play and, importantly, win at sports betting.