A dad writes on the appeal of betting on sports.
Watching sport, whether it is on television or in a stadium, is a past time shared by billions of people across the world who savours the excitement, drama and tension of action unfolding in front of their eyes. Sport has the ability to bring people and communities together in their unified love for a particular team or individual, while neutrals take enjoyment from watching any match and event without any emotional ties. Every fan has their own reason to watch a sport, whether it is football or snooker, and they do not necessarily have to participate in sports betting in order to make it interesting or enjoyable.
Sports betting remains a thriving industry that allows punters to bet on any event, whether it combined with technological advancements in handheld devices, revolutionised the industry as it provided bookmakers with the ability to expand their services to customers who could bet in a more convenient and efficient manner. Betting online or via a gaming app allows sports enthusiasts to add extra drama and excitement to the action from which they can win money. Checking the latest Formula One standings can help those who like to bet on races to be closer to the action and potentially win money, although many believe betting is the only way to make the sport interesting and worth watching.
The excitement aspect of sports betting
Placing a bet on an upcoming sporting event can instantly get the adrenaline rushing through your body in anticipation of a potential win. The amount punters place on each bet is irrespective to the feeling you get when a bet comes off. Every sport has its own unique array of betting markets that provide considerable opportunity to make a profit. Being able to bet online or via apps that can be downloaded onto smartphone and tablet devices further extends the options available, whilst also allowing punters to enjoy live in-play markets.
The modern day method of gambling allows you to place bets whilst on the go, or whilst sat in front of a television watching the action unfold. It allows gamblers to make more calculated decisions whilst watching a football match or Formula 1 race, as the potential outcome can change in a split second. Live in-play markets allow gamblers to enjoy better odds that reflect what is happening in each sporting event, whether it is the first team to score or how many drivers will finish a race. Gambling can make watching sports more interesting as there is more than just hope riding on the outcome; it creates an overwhelming urge to kick every ball, jump every hurdle and turn every corner in order for your bet to be a winner.
The Formula 1 debate
While sports enthusiasts have their own preferences as to which forms they watch and enjoy, there are often debates over which sports provide the most entertainment and excitement. Formula 1 continues to be considered in certain sections as a boring sport that carries little or not entertainment from watching car drive around the same track for hours. This notion has been at its strongest over the last few years as Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have simply dominated the sport and it became almost inevitable that the German driver would win every race. Although the sport has undergone ground-breaking rule changes that are set to shape the future of Formula 1, they have only succeeded in creating a sport that has lost some of its historic features and is dominated by one team who are miles ahead of the competition. Mercedes due Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton continue to finish in the top two of every qualifying session and race as their W05 is far superior to any other car on the track.
Placing bets on Formula 1 races can add more excitement and interest, particularly during the current campaign when the result seems almost a formality for either of the Mercedes drivers. There is no guarantee that Rosberg or Hamilton will win, as Formula 1, like any other sport, has the ability to involve moments of drama or misfortune that change the entire complexion of a race. Mechanical failures, collisions and driving errors can lead to drivers losing first place or exciting the race altogether; this can make for a tense, yet exciting race, for those who have a bet on a certain driver to win.