July 8th Major League Soccer restarted their season with their round robin tournament. The NBA players have arrived at Disney and MLB teams have started their abbreviated Spring training. And, in the sports betting world things are already ramping up too. From all the reports we are getting, all systems are go for online sports books, who, like fans and bettors, are chomping at the bit for major sports action.
But what about the SIMs?
With the return of major sports we have been getting the question from bettors about SIM betting. We outlined this phenomenon, originated by the masterminds at MyBookie, back in May, when there was literally nothing to bet on, not even Korean baseball. We thought at the time that this was just something for bettors to pass the time, but Jazz Sports told us, "We definitely found a successful niche to continue offering this product." Part of the reason that it seems SIMs are here to stay is that several books have developed a top-notch product. And, as Jazz stated, "Our product offers a unique experience for customers."
Industry giant BookMaker is also keeping SIM betting , telling us, "Although we anticipate a drop in Sports Sims handle once real sports return, we will continue to offer Sports Sims betting to our customers as it has been more successful than we ever imagined."
And the folks at Heritage Sports added, "SIM and esports have gained exposure to players that may not have otherwise considered betting on it." When asked if they will continue to offer it they also said yes, but added this caveat. "They will continue to be offered, but our customers are true sports bettors, and we expect that live sporting events will garner most if not all of their attention. We’ve already seen this with horse racing, UFC, Golf and now with Euro Soccer leagues return."
With the return of major sports comes the return of major promotions at sportsbooks worldwide. We are beginning to see more incentives to deposit, but expect the offers to hit 'football season' highs in the coming weeks as NBA, NHL and MLB get going.
The NBA's eagerly awaited return is finally set for July 30 at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, inside Disney World in Orlando, Florida. BetMania is celebrating this by rewarding players with a 200% Free Play, plus an extra $25 Cash as NBA action returns. Find the offer at Betmania.ag and use code BM200NBA. To get the extra $25, deposits must be for at least $300.
GTBets has upped the ante on their bonuses with an emphasis on reloads. We were told that they are "doing some nice reload bonuses for the MLS tournament, as well as the next league starting after that!" They currently have a 100% cash bonus offer and for players who are looking to reload at GTBets.eu, there is currently a 50% reload bonus, which is higher than many top books initial bonus offers.
Players who did leave money in their online sportsbook accounts, should also cash in on those at this time. Heritage Sports offered a "Balance Boost promotion" that awarded any customers that simply maintained their balance. Management at Heritage told us, "for players that had faith in us and left their balances, we top it up with 20%." This Balance Boost was also cloned at BetOnline and players at both sites should remember, it doesn’t matter which of the three sports start up first (it should be MLB on July 23), as soon as they do, the 20% boost to your balance should be available.
We will be updating and outlining the top offers for the restart of major professional sports in the coming days so make sure to check back in this space for more Betting Scene updates.
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