What do Indian gambling fans prefer in 2021?
To say 2020 has been an interesting year is an understatement. The worldwide spread of Covid-19, lockdowns, plus social distancing, has led to massive disruptions in many lives and industries. One industry which has largely powered through is gambling – particularly in India. It seems Indian gamblers are experiencing a boom moment, with a huge increase in betting options available. Despite the increase, traditional games are still popular. However, newer forms are also on the rise, due to better access to offshore operators, and the explosion in eSports.
Let’s start with a classic. Matka, also known as Satta, first revolved around betting on cotton rates on the New York Stock Exchange. It arose before Indian Independence, when it was also referred to as Ankada Jugar, or figures gambling. Matka was hugely popular from the 1960s onwards, especially around textile mills where workers would engage in the pastime. Despite crackdowns by the authorities, Matka is a popular way of gambling. However, it is technically illegal.
What is not illegal in India however, is betting at offshore casinos. As such, they have flourished to accommodate the growing number of Indian gamblers. Virtually anything you can do at a physical casino can now be conducted at an online one, including live gaming hosted by real dealers. Slots are showing their value, but card and table games also pull in Indian gamblers, such as:
As well as these ones, traditional games are just as popular. Online casinos now offer games like Andar Bahar or Teen Patti to cater to the Indian gaming public. Players can find many live games online dealing these timeless classics.
Indians’ love of sport is well-known, none more so than the beloved game of cricket. Cricket was introduced to India by British sailors in the 18th century, and the first club was established there in 1792. Since then the country consistently fields one of the finest cricket teams in the world, and Indian’s love of the game is legendary. The adoration of sport has translated into a passion for betting on the outcome. As well as cricket, the other big sports are:
A special mention should be made about field hockey. India’s amazingly successful field hockey teams have produced the country’s most Olympic gold medals.
eSports are another area experiencing high levels of interest – not only for players but for gamblers. Online bookmakers offer wagers on a growing number of events, markets, and lines. The top three eSports in India right now are:
- Mobile Legends
- PUBG Mobil
- League of Legends
Investment on Indian eSports is also on the rise as evidenced by Riot Games hosting their Legends of Runeterra tournament. Riot is working alongside Paytm First Games, the Indian gaming platform, putting up solid prizes for the winners. Indian mobile company Megastars has also recently announced a partnership with Nimo TV for exclusive streaming rights. The injection of so much cash into the industry ensures greater competitiveness amongst Indian gamers, leading to more exciting events for keen eSports betters.
It’s clear that Indian gambling preferences have changed throughout 2021. A key reason is the young population, clued up on the latest technology, with greater levels of disposable income. Factor in the growing prevalence of the web and mobile usage, and it’s no wonder Indian gambling preferences are more diverse than ever before.
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