Strong Betting Action on Vikings/Steelers Despite The Fact That It Was a Preseason Game

Published on August 10th, 2015 8:16 pm EST
You want an indication as to just how much North American based gamblers like to wager on the NFL?

According to reports, William Hill US (which operates more than 100 sports books in Nevada) booked nearly twice as many bets on Sunday night's Minnesota Vikings/Pittsburgh Steelers game than they did on the Pittsburgh Pirates/Los Angeles Dodgers game.

Let's put this into some perspective.

The Vikings/Steelers game was the FIRST of the preseason and featured many players that will not end up making their respective teams. The coaches for both teams were basically using the game as a practice session, making it nearly impossible for somebody to reasonably handicap the outcome of the contest. In short - this was a mean-nothing preseason game.

The Pirates/Dodgers game, however, took place in prime-time and featured two of the best teams in the National League. The game between the Pirates and the Dodgers was an important one, as both teams are currently in the thick of divisional races.


So - you have a game between the Vikings and Steelers that is nearly impossible to handicap, as well as an important contest between the Dodgers and the Pirates.

Given the NFL's popularity, it's not hard to see why so many bets were laid down on the Vikings/Steelers game, though it is pretty amusing still, and just goes to illustrate how tremendously popular the NFL is with gamblers.

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