As sports leagues have been put on pause so has the gambling industry. If there are no sports going on, you can’t really bet so gamblers looking for some sports action have had to get creative. There’s some very obscure sports out there somewhere in the world and if you can find a sportsbook to take on hockey from Belarus, go nuts, but it might be time to practice appropriate social distancing and look for other things to bet on with your friends or roommates while you’re all sitting around at your respective homes.

These are five non-sports things to bet on with your friends to fill your gambling fix.

The weather

Unlike most of the other things on this list, there are some sportsbooks actually taking bets on the weather. For instance, Bovada is taking wagers on the temperature in multiple cities. It’s difficult enough for meteorologists to figure out what the weather is going to be so you may as well give it a shot too.

Sports video game simulations

This is technically sports related but I wouldn’t really consider watching two AI teams playing against each other in a video game a “sport.” Don’t get me wrong, eSports is different and a competition between actual people could be a sport but it’s a bit different when humans don’t have anything to do with the game. Either way, when you’re missing the drama of a basketball game coming down to the wire, the virtual version could be an alternative.

Daytime TV

Since many people are at home, there’s a lot more time to watch TV. Daytime TV is loaded with mind-numbing content that may need a bit of gambling to spice things up. You can watch one of the hundreds of court shows on TV and bet on who wins their case or you can bet on the outcomes of paternity tests on Maury. Maury usually has a lie detector or DNA test episode on every day so if you’re going to watch, you may as well put a few bucks on what happens and pass the time.

Game shows

While contestants are trying to win cash and prizes, you could maybe bet a friend to win some money too. Flip through the channels and you’re bound to come across a game show. I mean, there are networks dedicated to them. Game shows are perfect because for most of them, you can participate along and either bet on the contestant or the game itself.

Reality competition shows

We can argue how much actual “reality” is in these reality competition shows but the important thing is that there’s one winner and a bunch of losers and there are plenty of these shows airing in prime time. Whether it’s singing or dancing or anything else, you can bet on who gets eliminated each week or pick a finalist and bet on them being the winner. Either way, there’s plenty of action each week.




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