Freebets: Customers still betting despite sports shut-down
Published 27th May 2020
The UK betting comparison site, owned and operated by XLMedia, found through a survey of its customers that 70% placed a bet during the period of sporting shutdown, with 30% not wagering at all.
Horse racing proved to be the sport of choice, with 34.5% of those punters who had placed a wager listing racing as their preferred sport. Football followed with 25%, despite almost all competitions having been postponed, with esports on 9%.
The research also suggested a rise in interest for betting on esports and virtual sports, with 12% of punters saying they enjoyed wagering on esports, 13% on virtuals and 17% on both formats.
However, the majority of respondents - 54% - said they had not bet on either esports or virtual sports games despite the lack of sports betting options elsewhere.