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Why Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts are Drawn to Sports Betting

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Cryptocurrency enthusiasts are increasingly turning their attention to sports betting. Although crypto sportsbooks are certainly in a boom right now, ordinary bookies not gamstop that use fiat, is also seeing many new signups – many of which have a crypto background. So, what’s going on, why might there be more to it than meets the eye?


Both cryptocurrency and sports betting communities thrive on networking and exchanging knowledge, so this is an obvious place to start. Enthusiasts in both fields often participate in online forums and social media groups, where they can dig deeper to find lesser-known knowledge. This is something that crypto enthusiasts are accustomed to, and how they may even stumble upon betting communities in the first place (i.e. Reddit).

Risk Management and Strategy

Effective risk management is needed in both cryptocurrency investing and sports betting. Enthusiasts in both fields must carefully assess each decision’s potential risks and rewards, meaning that strategic thinking is linked to maximising chances of success. 

Crypto traders can spot this in gambling—a skill they’re already familiar with. When getting into sports betting, they must begin to weigh the odds and make informed choices based on various factors. 

Analytical Skills 

Success in cryptocurrency investing and sports betting relies heavily on strong analytical skills. Crypto enthusiasts have been drawn to the data side of things, which is currently still being explored in sports betting.

Interpreting vast amounts of data isn’t traditionally something bettors have always done, as they often operate on small samples of data (i.e. recent form) and make heuristic judgements, rather than model an algorithm or finely tune a decision-making process. 

Technological Savvy 

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts are typically well-versed in technology, of course, which is also growing within betting right now. More recently, there have been software releases that help users perform sophisticated betting strategies and provide real-time insights. These can be a bit daunting for the average Joe, but it’s something that the crypto guys are picking up quickly. 

We must remember that, particularly with betting exchanges, we compete against each other, not the house. Even in traditional bookies (i.e. not an exchange), the odds are still being reflected by demand, so we’re indirectly competing against one another. For someone with a highly analytical and technical background, it may be an instant advantage – a far bigger one than in the crypto market space, too, where such backgrounds are more common.

Market Volatility 

Cryptocurrency markets are known for their volatility, with prices fluctuating rapidly in response to various factors. Sports betting outcomes can be unpredictable, too, with unexpected results and last-minute changes in odds. It appears more different than it is because sports betting odds are anchored to the reality of the game. But crypto pricing is more anchored than people give credit for, with other coins, the market sentiment in general, the USD, interest rates, S&P500, and many more factors being a point of influence.


The shared skills and knowledge required for success in cryptocurrency investing and sports betting make the latter an appealing pursuit for digital currency enthusiasts. They can position themselves as relatively more expert in analytics and technology, which can be an advantage. But, ultimately, both share another common theme: Excitement and unpredictability.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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