With coronavirus shutting down professional sports and shuttering casinos, desperate gamblers are betting on the climate.
A Rockland County bookmaker informed The Put up that this week he’s providing clients an beneath/over proposition: the local weather in Paris at precisely 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Actually, it was a shopper’s thought.
“Simply bringing your self to wager on that’s completely degenerate,” the bookie acknowledged. “It additionally reveals simply how a lot everybody misses sports.”
The betting “line” is 16.5 levels Celsius (63 levels Fahrenheit). A bettor who wagers on the “beneath” would want the mercury to remain beneath 16.5 levels, whereas these betting “over” would want temps to be hotter than that quantity. The forecast requires 17 levels.
“Looks like free cash to me,” stated one gambler who’s presently monitoring French meteorological experiences as fastidiously as he as soon as did NFL harm lists on Sunday.
The massive winner is the bookie, in fact, who fees a 10% charge — known as the “vigorish” or “vig” — on dropping bets.
Inventive wagering is filling a void left by the lack of authorized sports betting — though on-line playing on desk tennis, esports and even curling has emerged in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bookies are “adjusting, innovating … and discovering a market,” defined Dr. Timothy Fong, co-director of the UCLA Playing Research Program. “That’s simply good enterprise practices.”
Sadly, he added, some playing addicts proper now are feeling a “bodily state of playing withdrawal,” and as an alternative of looking for available assistance will recklessly danger cash on absolutely anything to combat the ensuing melancholy, anxiousness, lack of urge for food or sleep deprivation.
“What’s subsequent?” Fong stated. “Precipitation, wind, humidity, dew level?”