The Coronavirus pandemic has meant a world of changes to our everyday lives and now much of the world's population is in at least some form of lockdown or has had severe travel restrictions placed upon them. There are now millions of people working from home, allowed to leave their property only for food or emergencies and there’s absolutely no doubt that while health always has to come first, that there will be dramatic effects on the world economy.
Almost all industries have been or will be affected with travel companies taking a huge hit, forcing government intervention, however with the hotel and hospitality industry, retail and banks also treading on very thin ice it may be a case of who governments actually can bail out this time. We then come to the sporting schedule and we clearly see that in all corners of the glove it’s been absolutely decimated.
When Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for Coronavirus it started a swift turn of events that have led to the suspension of the NBA season. The initial suspension has been put in place for 30 days however that could extended and there are now mentions of a late June restart, along with voices calling for a complete cancellation. Only time will tell however what’s already known is that March Madness is gone...a huge blow to college sports and of course the US online bookmaking industry, which itself will suffer hugely.
Over in Europe it’s much the same situation with all major soccer leagues having been postponed and even UEFA's crown jewel, The European Championships has been put back a year and will now take place in the summer of 2021. The English Premier League is almost an industry within an industry and generates huge global revenue and with La Liga, The Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and the French League 1 all off too it makes for a very sad situation all round, for fans, clubs and of course the bookies alike, who will of course be laying off staff. However, health comes first.
Taking a look at how the Coronavirus has affected the online gambling industry in particular and it’s clear there all bets are off. The empty stadiums around the world not only mean huge losses for vendors and clubs, they also mean a hit to the bookies however necessity is indeed the mother of invention and the bookmakers over at 5 Dimes have come up with a novel way of keeping at least a few lines on the board.
The popular 5Dimes bookmaker now has lines on a fair few of what used to be called ‘exotic bets’ however we’re not exactly what to call them now and should you fancy a flutter on when the NBA’s next game will be played (currently the line stands at before or after April 18th) then you're more than welcome to. You may also make a bet on which league you believe will actually get going first with the NBA at +185, the MLB at +190, NHL at +245 and Major League Soccer at odds of +475.
While those type of bets are for sure not the norm they are enticing a few punters through the virtual 5 Dimes doors and new players will be getting a great welcome bonus too. Quirky futures bets, weird exotics and more (or less) over at 5 Dimes are just a part of their offering and you may also grab your casino and poker action too. Depositing options include Visa, MasterCard and Bitcoin and the 24 hour support team will give you a hand with all that you need, and if what you need are strange betting options, then you got em.