It’s one of my favorite scenes from Jurassic Park, when Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) utters the classic phrase, “Life Finds a Way”.
I thought of that line while reading a recent Wall Street Journal story by Andrew Beaton and Jared Diamond about sports betting.
Apparently, it’s been a difficult time for some hard-core sports gamblers, given that covid-19 has shut down nearly all sports competitions around the globe.
But just like life, these sports gamblers find a way.
The WSJ article first tells the story of two friends who would normally be watching the NCAA basketball tournament, but ended up watching a documentary on bears. Two bears were about to fight over a prime spot to hunt salmon, and they ended up making a bet on which bear would be victorious.
The article then shared other outlets for betting that these sports gamblers have latched on to:
- Russian table tennis
- The highest temperature in various cities
- An Oasis reunion to benefit the UK’s NHS
- Madden NFL, a football videogame
- Top Chef
- Shark Tank
- How many times President Trump will say words like “tremendous” in his daily press briefing
- Belarusian and Nicaraguan soccer
- Hockey games in Belarus
So yes, gamblers find a way to gamble, and the bookies find a way to take their money…
*image from Casino.org