Sports betting is a massive industry. So massive, in fact, that you can now wager on everything from rugby and racing to political elections and the Eurovision song contest with the click of your mouse. And while traditional sports like hockey and football may appeal to the majority of bettors, there are always those thrill-seekers who are looking for something unusual to bet on in their next wagering session online.
Does this sound like you? Check out the 6 weirdest and unusually exciting sports you can stake your money on below. You’re sure to find a new favourite sport to get your adrenaline pumping!
Talk about getting your head in the game! Headis is one of the most unusual sports you’re likely to come across – a cross between soccer and table tennis. Players in a game of Headis hit a 7-inch rubber ball across a ping pong table, only using their heads, like you would with a soccer ball. It may sound obscure, but this sport was even selected as a finalist for the ISPO BRANDNEW Awards in 2010!
2: Sumo Wrestling
The traditional Japanese martial art of Sumo has surprisingly become a very popular betting market for Kiwi punters. While sumo wrestling has a reputation of being somewhat amusing, it is taken incredibly seriously as a professional sport, with the highest ranking ‘yokozuna’ wrestlers earning tens of thousands of dollars a month. There has always been a big Sumo betting scene in Japan itself, but thanks to online betting sites this prime market has spread across the world, allowing you to get in on the action too.
3: Underwater Upside Down Hockey
This unusual sport is an invention from Finland that requires participants to play ice hockey, upside down, and underneath a frozen lake – sans breathing equipment. For those who are into extreme sports, this is about as extreme as it gets, and there is even a betting market for it to boot. It may be bizarre, but it will certainly make for some nail-biting betting action online!
It’s time for a traditional Irish sport with a global fellowship. Hurling is considered by scientists to be one of the most challenging games ever in terms of its technicalities. The game requires a massive amount of skill and nerve, which makes for exceptional entertainment for anyone viewing a tournament. Despite being obscure, the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is watched across the globe, providing a fair amount of leverage when it comes to betting.
5: Kite Winging
Have you ever watched skiing and suspected that one of the skiers might end up taking off into the horizon? Kite winging combines skiing and flying in a dangerous but action-packed sport. Kitewings can be used during rollerblading, skateboarding and surfing too, making for plenty of variety in terms of the markets available for you to wager on.
6: Mountain Unicycling
Mountain unicycling, also called ‘Muni’, is definitely one of the craziest sports out there. This gives traditional mountain biking a real run for its money, as mountain unicyclers have to navigate incredibly tricky terrain with just a single wheel and a heap of bravery. The fastest mountain unicycles can even reach speeds of up to 80 km/h!
These weird and wacky betting markets are attracting a lot of attention, and as they gather momentum other strange sports are also sure to make their appearances at betting sites online!