press release - 07/15/2005
A recap of wagers placed over the weekend at leading online Sportsbook, Casino and Poker site Bodog indicate that more than one-quarter picked Tiger Woods as the outright winner of the 145th British Open. In light of the notable golfing action, Bodog has posted a wide variety of odds today in which bettors can wager on specific player match-ups for each round played Here.
With over 3,000 wagers totaling more than $55,000, Bodog reported that nearly 25% represented bets on Tiger Woods to win it all. Woods - who won the British Open in 2000 - was the early favorite at 2/1 odds, and posted an opening round six-under 66 to claim an early two-stroke lead.
"Sports betting, pop-culture wagers and online poker playing are at an all-time high and will continue to grow at a rapid rate for years to come," says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of Bodog. "Bettors now understand, and more important, trust the security, convenience and speed of placing their bets online."
Golf fanatics and general sports bettors alike have a multitude of British Open scenarios to wager on, including choosing which player will have the lowest score in their respective groups, and who will win a head-to-head match-up outright. Known as "prop" bets, there are more than 40 currently open for wagering at Bodog Sportsbook.
Bodog reports significant year-to-year increases of wagers for each sporting event, including the British Open. Because of recognizable players like Woods, sites such as Bodog have experienced a large and steady increase in golf-related bets. Usually, the sequences of bets placed on Bodog will reflect the outcome of a specific event. Earlier this year, bettors accurately predicted the winners of the NCAA March Madness tournament as well as who would be the first pick in the NFL draft.