Online Betting Records Fall As Grand National Interest Peaks

The 2019 Grand National has shown the strength of online gaming and betting as multiple operators set new records.

Record Grand National betting

Online sportsbooks see Grand National betting activity increase this year as Tiger Roll makes history. (Image: YouTube/Racing TV)

As Tiger Roll made history by winning back-to-back Grand National titles, bookmakers across the country were celebrating.

Although favourites often cost bookies money, the Grand National is a different beast. With 40 runners, casual punters often take advantage of long odds which lessens the financial impact of a favourite winning.

Winner All Round in 2019

Irrespective of this year’s result, the latest data suggests that records may have fallen.

Although gathering industry-wide data is tough, BGT Sports processed twice as many Grand National bets this year. Following a 300 percent upswing in Cheltenham activity, the Playtech subsidiary said betting for the April 6 race doubled.

As well as processing more wagers, the average stake per person has also increased from £5.46 in 2014 to £7.94.

Like BGT Sports, software supplier Scientific Games saw interest increase this year.

For the festival as a whole, the company’s sports betting platform recorded 37.4 million bets. For the Grand National, racing fans placed 14.5 million wagers.

Finally, across the supplier’s network of sportsbooks, 239 million account transactions were processed over the course of three days.

Grand National Betting Bonanza

In 2018, multiple betting brands set new records, pushing the total amount wagered on the National to £300 million+. With two major suppliers highlighting further gains in 2019, Grand National betting online likely surpassed last year’s total.

For the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Authority, the latest results will come as a welcome break.

Following the death of Up for Review, animal rights activists have renewed their calls for the Grand National to be scrapped.

Although all deaths are tragic, the data shows that only 84 horses have died since the race was first run in 1839. Despite that, protestors continue to press the government to outlaw the race.

However, with interest at an all-time high and a renewed partnership with Betway, it’s unlikely 2019’s Grand National will be the last.

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