Published on August 19th, 2022 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


What Are the Best Sports to Bet On?

The betting industry is huge and it is getting bigger all the time, with plenty of new jurisdictions opening up and allowing people in new locations to gamble. So what are the best sports to bet on? We have provided a list of some top sports for people to bet on in this guide, to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to find the markets you want.

A look at the Vegas NFL odds will show you the popularity of betting and the variety of different ways in which people can bet. ​​There are plenty of bigger sports that people have gambled on for decades, and this means that the sportsbooks have continued to create more markets and opportunities to bet, even adding in-play options. Newer sports such as BIG3 are not as established and it is harder to find the same sort of opportunities to bet on these sports and their outcomes. If you do find odds, there are likely to be fewer markets.

Choosing the best sports to bet on

How do you choose which sports to bet on? The “best” can be quite subjective, of course, and different people might have a different idea of which sports are best to bet on.

  • Coverage. This refers to the coverage of the sport, both in terms of the gambling companies and televised footage. For example, betting on a sport that is hard to watch live can be frustrating. You’ll struggle to see how the games are panning out and you might not be able to get the same level of information about the teams.
  • Betting markets. A lot of the smaller sports and teams only really have one or two things you can bet on. Bigger sports have many markets, such as betting on individual players, and the more markets you have, the more likely it is that you will find the bet you want to place, based on your gut feeling.
  • A sport you enjoy. Gambling should be a way to add a little more fun to the sport, and when you’re watching, it can add an extra thrill if you have a bit of money to place a bet. Most people would like to bet on a sport that they enjoy watching and would be watching anyway.
  • Info and statistics. A lot of gamblers like to study the stats and the form. If you bet on a smaller sport or one that isn’t as popular, it might be hard to get this information, but bigger sports have huge databases of stats, such as the MLB stats base. 


The NFL is one of the best sports to bet on, for a number of different reasons. There are a lot of details on statistics and form, and you can find plenty of tips and guides for betting. On top of this, there are so many markets, both team and individual, that will allow you to place the bet you actually want to.

For example, if you want to bet on a player and how many rushing or passing yards they will make in the game or in the season, you can. This makes a huge difference.


Soccer is the biggest sport in the world, which makes a big difference and means there are hundreds of matches you can gamble on. There is also an incredible number of markets. As well as betting on team results, you can bet on player performance, and aspects such as who is going to have a shot on target or get a yellow card.

The markets are massive, and games in the Premier League and other big leagues will most certainly benefit from extensive coverage. They’re also watched all over the world, so you should have the option to check in and watch your favorite team. 


The NBA and other basketball options are great for gambling, both for player markets and for team markets. 

The sport is widely covered and as well as betting on options like the result of the game, you can also bet on a variety of other markets, such as individual performance and the total number of points scored in the match. 

Often, the best sport to bet on is simply the one that you know the most about. If you don’t know a lot about a sport then it might be tough to understand the markets or what is likely to happen in the upcoming matches.

About the Author

Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and Media Consultant. Ph.D. and retired military. Member of ForbesBLK, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and the United States Press Agency. Partner at THM Media Group. Connect with Jerry across social media @jerrydoby_

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