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By- Erik Schmidt
Many industries have been shut down to the global covid-19 pandemic; betting is one of the most affected industries.
By August of last year, most betting shops were closed due to the lockdown issued by the government worldwide. It was announced recently that the pre-tax profits fell by 91% and the betting operators are facing great struggles due to this pandemic.
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One of the great things betting industries have accomplished during this pandemic is changing betting from land-based to digital wagering. Online betting has offered better odds and features to the modern bettor and has given betting industries good profits. How does this affect betting shops? Will they stand a chance is of surviving during this pandemic? Should they give way to online betting to take over?
You have to check on online betting websites and windows of land-based bettors to understand how much they depend on professional sporting events. Sports like football, tennis, horse racing, golf, cricket, basketball, dart, and baseball stopped due to covid-19, thus greatly affecting the income of betting.
Brick and Mortar casinos are also remained closed due to this pandemic and it's also not easy to being back bettors to a land-based casino because of all the regulations that have to be followed. The online casino did not greatly suffer during this pandemic compared to the land-based casino. They saw an increase since most bettors used online casinos. To understand how massive the online betting industry has become, Wetten.com explains more. But the question is, what is the future of the betting industry post-covid-19?
The future looks bright in sports betting; some major events such as the PGA tour and English premier league have resumed despite the outbreak of covid-19. The events are taking place, although the fans are not allowed inside the venue; they have allowed online and offline bookmakers to accept bets.
There is a possibility of a second outbreak of this pandemic. So the betting industry should be ready for anything because there is a possibility of sports events being discontinued in the future. It is worth introducing casino games and eSports to online bookmakers that don't offer these services. It's a good time for land-based bookmakers to offer online sports betting as they can be asked to close again in the future.
Also Read: Why Is Online Betting So Popular In India?
Online casinos have the chance to operate despite the lockdown situation. But they can also suffer a loss since most people are out of work and can't spend their money on entertainment. Betting is always resilient, even in worse financial status, but there is no assurance that the trend continues since the world is dealing with something that has never occurred before.
The betting industry, just like any other great industry, must consider taking things step by step. Hopefully, things will get back to normal if the pandemic improves. Still, if it is the opposite, online betting websites must be ready with other alternatives for sports betting, just like casino games.
How can betting shops stay in business?
There are two things betting operators have to do to stay afloat. The first one is changing into the digital side, for that is the only option they have. Despite them changing to the digital side, they also have to find ways to help their customers switch over to mobile betting.
Operators should also create an exclusive privilege for VIP players by sectioning their shops where the VIP players can sit and enjoy extra perks. By practicing these two things, the chances of survival for the betting industry will increase.
Practices to use to maintain the betting shops.
Change the payment methods by avoiding cash, instead let the clients use banking methods, credit cards and PayPal to reduce contact with clients.
Make sure players have a proper social distance.
Ensure players spend time in one sector, and this is possible by offering games that don't require movement within the building.
Always decontaminate the building.
How will Virtual Reality Technology help the betting industry?
Gaming machines are the best to make sure that your betting business success. Terminals used in the Virtual Reality Tech allow players to enjoy slots and virtual sports using the same machine. Players feel more secure being able to bet on every game on the same device. With one machine only being used, it reduces contamination since the machine will be contaminated between players.
It's been a whole year since the pandemic began and though it's not over yet, things will get back to normal. The betting industry is not a stranger to the problems caused by the pandemic. The online betting industry is still operating and has also grown, but the retail sector has gone through economic losses. The retail sector can survive the pandemic by following the above measures.
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Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Friday announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. After his international retirement in 2018, de Villiers had continued to play in franchise cricket, notably for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Friday's retirement from all forms of the game marks the end of his decade-long association with the franchise.
In a series of tweets, de Villiers said, "It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly."
The 37-year-old had played in 184 IPL matches, firstly for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) for three seasons followed by a successful decade with Bangalore, where he formed a formidable partnership with Virat Kohli.
Overall, he scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, including three centuries and 40 half-centuries while being a member of the RCB side which entered IPL playoffs five times.
"That's the reality I must accept -- and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I've had my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for the Titans, or the Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimagined experiences and opportunities, and I will always be grateful."
De Villiers featured in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for the Proteas.
"I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played."
"AB de Villiers has been among the best ambassadors of the game, and we are honoured to have him represent RCB in the IPL. His work ethics have been impeccable, which has not only rubbed off on the team, but has left a high benchmark for other youngsters to follow," said RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra in a statement.
"AB has been a true leader, both on and off the field and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for his tireless commitment in helping RCB establish itself as one of the premier franchises in the IPL. We wish AB all the best for his next innings in life. He will always be part of the RCB family," Mishra added.
De Villiers signed off by saying, "Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family - my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first." (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Cricket, AB de Villiers, IPL, RCB, Sports.
Good sportsmanship includes adhering to the rules, as well as being aware of and following sporting etiquette. A fair game is played with courtesy and fairness towards the other team and courtesy and graciousness in both victory and defeat. In different sports, sportsmanship is practiced in a variety of ways. Sportsmanship typically involves treating people as you would like to be treated yourself. Shaking hands, helping a fallen opponent, encouraging the opponent team, cheering, clapping, or giving a high-five are all instances of good sportsmanship. When it comes to sportsmanship, it's vital to remember that "it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." In the guidelines, sportsmanship isn't specified as a law or a regulation. It depends on the person and varies from one to another. As a cricketer grows up, the ideals of sportsmanship are instilled in him.
Check out these acts which exemplify sportsmanship:
> India vs. Afghanistan, 2018:
Rahane's spirit shone through as he made a mesmerizing gesture vs. Afghanistan. It was Afghanistan's first Test in their cricket history, and everyone in the sport hailed it. India's skipper called the whole Afghanistan squad to the trophy felicitation ceremony after a dominant inning and 262-run win. In the post-match ceremony, the Indian team shared a frame with Afghanistan to recognize their opponent's efforts.
Rahane's spirit shone through as he made a mesmerizing gesture vs. Afghanistan. | Wikimedia Commons
> Kane Williamson in the 2019 World Cup:
New Zealand lost the World Cup finals on a boundary-count rule in the super over at Lord's. Captain Williamson, on the other hand, dealt with his disappointment maturely. Williamson was the tournament's unheralded hero. Almost everyone applauded the Kiwi captain's gesture towards Carlos Braithwaite after a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the 2019 World Cup match on the 23rd of June 2019. As a whole, New Zealand's on-field behavior was commendable despite Ben Stokes deflected a throw towards the boundary with his bat in the finals. England's first World Cup victory was the media's focus, but the sportsmanship of the Kiwi captain, Kane Williamson, was also praised.
New Zealand's on-field behavior was commendable despite Ben Stokes deflected a throw towards the boundary with his bat in the finals. | Wikimedia Commons
>Adam Gilchrist in the 2003 World Cup Semifinal vs. Sri Lanka:
Honesty is the best policy, and Adam Gilchrist epitomized it. There aren't very many players that walk away when they realize they're out. Moreover, walking off in the World Cup semi-final carries a lot more weight than walking off in any other typical match. As usual, Adam Gilchrist played his game with integrity and declared after the game that, in his opinion, he had no right to be there.
Adam Gilchrist played his game with integrity and declared after the game that, in his opinion, he had no right to be there. | Flickr
Keywords: Sports, cricket, sportsmanship, India, Afghanistan Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand
Ravi Shastri addressed his last press conference at ICC T20 World Cup; said ‘I’ was replaced with ‘we’
There were no egos in the Indian dressing room and the word 'I' was consigned to the dustbin during the last five years of his tenure as the chief coach of the side, asserted Ravi Shastri as he addressed his last press conference following the nine-wickets win against Namibia in the final 'Super 12' game of the ICC T20 World Cup here.
The Virat Kohli-led side gave a commanding performance in India's last assignment at the global event after they failed to secure a semifinal berth following two early 'Super 12' defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand, who both advanced to the last-four from Group 2.
Shastri's tenure would be known for the highs the Indian Test side touched this year when they beat the invincible Australia 2-1 on their home turf and took a 2-1 lead against the Joe Root-led England in the five-match series. The last Test had to be cancelled following a bio-bubble breach in the India camp.
Asked if he and Virat Kohli actively worked towards creating an environment where players stood up for each other amid criticism, Shastri said, "We actively worked towards it. We wanted trust in that dressing room. That's the only way you can get each other's back. We needed communication. We wanted no finger pointing at each other. We needed the word 'I' to be thrown into the dustbin and the word 'we' coming in. And we created a culture that had to be obeyed and followed," said Shastri.
"With Virat leading the way, he's been one of the great ambassadors for the games, especially when you look at red-ball cricket, the way he's embraced it. And it's allowed other players on the team to follow suit. You've got to give credit where it's due," added the coach, who was criticised during the England tour for taking India players to his book-launch function, following which several members of the Indian support staff tested Covid-19 positive.
"So it's a team culture, which was impressed upon the team to follow, and they followed it to the hilt."
On what was the best thing to happen in 'this Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri era', the coach emphasised that it had created a team, which is one of the greatest in the history of the game.
"Just the quality of cricket this team has played over the last five years across all formats. When you perform in that fashion where you go across the globe, across all formats and beat teams, then you know you're part of one great cricket team.
"I'm not saying a great cricket Team India, I'm saying one of the great cricket teams in the history of the game. Because if you look at those kinds of performances, they don't happen often. You've got to have a bunch of players who are fit, hungry, fearless, have the quality, have the belief, and then to stay fit so you can play those five years together and go across the globe and perform everywhere.
"I mean, if you look at -- if you want the real highlights, nothing beats Australia. England, we're up in the series. It will be the longest time we'll be up in the series until next year. I might be commentating on that game for all you know, but I'll keep that one area. It feels good."
Shastri also said that the ICC T20 World Cup apart, his side had played exceptionally well in the shortest version of the game, beating the likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka on their home turfs.
"White ball, everywhere. You beat the West Indies in the West Indies. You beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, good teams. All around, it's been fabulous. Yes, we are disappointed in the result in the first two games here. Let's be honest, I'm not here to make any sort of excuses. But still, it's something for the boys to learn. They'll get an opportunity again next year. It's not often you have World Cups in 12 months. So hopefully, they'll go and kick some butt there," added Shastri. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Cricket, ICC T20 World-cup, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli.