Freebets: Customers still betting despite sports shut-down

Freebets: Customers still betting despite sports shut-down

Almost three quarters of regular bettors continue to wager on sports despite the majority of events having been cancelled or postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to a new report by

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.

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