5 Unusual Sports You Can Now Place Bets on in Colorado

Legal sports betting in Colorado officially launched on May 1. However, thanks to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there are very few betting options available for Colorado residents. Back in mid-April, the Colorado Department of Revenue approved a list of different sporting leagues and events, as well as what types of bets that Colorado bettors can put their money on.

Like most other states with legal sports betting, a large number of different sporting leagues and events were approved. However, that doesn’t mean that you will see all of those sports available for betting in Colorado. Instead, that just means that sportsbooks are allowed to offer wagers on those particular events, not that they have to.

So while some of the sports that were approved may not be available at some or any of Colorado’s legal sportsbooks, let’s take a look at some of the more peculiar sports that you may have never heard of that you could be betting on in Colorado legally in the near future.

Snooker

Of the five sports on this list, snooker is likely the most known and is also the one you are most likely to see available at Colorado sportsbooks. Snooker, like soccer, is a sport that is far more popular across the world than it is in the United States. Snooker is cue sport played on a billiards table.

The sport itself is nearly 150 years old. Unlike “traditional” billiards game like eight-ball or nine-ball, snooker is played with 21 colored balls. A cue ball is used in snooker the same as it is used in eight-ball or nine-ball. The goal of snooker is to pot the balls in correct order and accumulating points by doing so. The game is won by the player who has the most points, not the person who sinks the final ball.

Each individual game is called a “frame” and the winner of the whole match is the player who wins a predetermined number of frames. After the balls are set in their designated starting position, players take turns attempting to hit balls into a pocket. Players continue to shoot until they miss. The goal is to start by pocketing one of the red balls (worth one point). After potting a red ball, a player must pot one of the six “colors”. The amount of points for a colored ball is determined by the number on the ball. After the ball is pocketed, it is returned to its original starting spot on the table. After that, the player must pot another red ball then another colored ball.

This process continues until the player fails to pot the desired ball. Then, the next player is up to shoot. The game continues this way until all the red balls are potted and only the six colored balls remain. From this point on, the colored balls must be made in order from least to most valuable. The balls are not returned back into play from this point forward. Yellow – 2 points Green – 3 points Brown – 4 points Blue – 5 points Pink – 6 points Black – 7 points Once the final ball is made, the player with the most points wins the frame.

There are 76 different leagues approved for betting in Colorado. Among those leagues, there are 40 different wager types that have also been approved.

Floorball

Predominantly popular in Europe, floorball is a version of floor hockey. Originating in Sweden in the 1960s, the game is played with five players and a goalkeeper for each team.

Instead of a puck, the game is played with a plastic ball with holes. Just like ice hockey, matches are played in three 20-minute periods. The concept of floorball is very similar to a standard ice hockey game you would see in the United States. The majority of the rules are similar to ice hockey and the scoring is identical. Penalties are also similar in that there are two-minute minor and five-minute major penalties. While ice hockey involves more contact, floorball is more like a soccer match in that aggressive contact is prohibited. Instead, minor contact is allowed.

Another similarity to soccer would be a “free-hit”. Free-hits are awarded when a foul is committed and involves a player from the team that was fouled to start play from where the ball was at during the foul. 31 different leagues have been approved for betting in Colorado. Like traditional ice hockey, wager types that have been approved include match results and totals.

Gaelic Games

The Gaelic Games is a collection of sports played in Ireland. The two main games are Gaelic football and hurling. Other games include handball and rounders.

Gaelic football is played with teams of 15 players on a field similar to a US football field and has H-shaped goals at each end. Similar to traditional football, the goal is to score by driving the ball through the endzone (similar to a touchdown), which is worth three points. Another way to score is by kicking the ball over the bar (similar to a field goal) which is worth one point. Hurling is a stick and ball game played by teams of 15 on the same type of field as Gaelic football.

The primary objective is to score by driving the ball through the goals (three points) or putting the ball over the bar (one point). The game is believed to be over 3,000 years old. Gaelic handball is a game in which two players use their hands to return a ball against a wall, similar to American handball.

There are three codes of handball: 60×30, 40×20 and One Wall. One Wall handball is the most popular version. Rounders is a bat and ball game that is played between two teams. Rounders is a striking and fielding team game that involves hitting a small, hard, leather-cased ball with a rounded end wooden, plastic or metal bat. The players score by running around the four bases on the field.

Gameplay centers on a number of innings, in which teams alternate at batting and fielding. Points are scored by the batting team when one of their players completes a circuit past four bases without being put “out”. The game is very similar to baseball. All matches in the following leagues are available for betting: All Ireland Football Senior Championship, All Ireland Hurling Senior Championship and Senior Football Allianz League. There are 29 different approved wager types.

Bowls

Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a “jack” or “kitty”. It is played on a bowling green which may be flat or convex or uneven.

The game is commonly referred to as Boccia in Italy and the United States. In singles, one of the two opponents flips a coin to see who wins the “mat” and begins a segment of the competition, by placing the mat and rolling the jack to the other end of the green to serve as a target. Once it has come to rest, the jack is aligned to the center of the rink and the players take turns to roll their bowls from the mat towards the jack.

A bowl may curve outside the rink boundary on its path but must come to rest within the rink boundary to remain in play. Bowls falling into the ditch are dead and removed from play, except in the event when one has “touched” the jack on its way. “Touchers” are marked with chalk and remain alive in play even if they get into the ditch. If the jack is knocked into the ditch it is still alive unless it is out of bounds to the side resulting in a “dead” end which is replayed. After each competitor has delivered all of their bowls (four each in singles and pairs, three each in triples, and two bowls each in fours), the distance of the closest bowls to the jack is determined and points, called “shots”, are awarded for each bowl which a competitor has closer than the opponent’s nearest to the jack.

This is then repeated for the next end with a game of bowls typically being twenty-one ends. A game can also be won when: – A player in a singles game reaches a specified target number of shots (usually 21 or 25). – A team (pair, triple or four) has a higher score after a specified number of ends. – A specified number of ends have been played. Three leagues have been approved for betting: Grand Prix Bowls, Women’s World Indoor Championship and World Indoor Championship. Three different wager types have been approved: Draw no bet for the “xth” set, 2 Way and Set Handicap.

Pesapallo

Pesapallo is a fast-moving bat-and-ball sport that is often referred to as the national sport of Finland. Pesapallo is similar to rounders and baseball and started in the 1920s. The basic idea of pesapallo is similar to that of baseball. The offense tries to score by hitting the ball successfully and running through the bases, while the defense tries to put the batter and runners out.

The biggest difference between pesapallo and baseball is that the ball is pitched vertically. A regular pesäpallo game is played in two periods of four innings each. A period is won by the team which scores more runs in its offensive half-innings. If the periods are tied, there will be an extra-inning. If needed, there is a round (similar to a penalty shoot-out) where each team tries to bring a player home from the third base.

Like baseball, the defensive team has nine players on the field. The offensive team can use three jokers (similar to designated hitters) during one half-inning in addition to the nine players in the regular batting order. The offensive team can continue batting until three players have been put “out” or one round of the batting order has been completed without at least two runs scored. The batter and the pitcher face each other in the home base, on opposite sides of the circular plate.

The pitch is delivered by throwing the ball directly upwards above the plate, at least one meter over the head of the pitcher. The batter has three strikes available during their turn at-bat. A fair hit does not require the batter to reach base; all three strikes can be used before the batter must reach first base. If the pitcher delivers two bad pitches (ball), the batter is granted a walk to the first base only if all bases are unoccupied. If there are runners on the field, the point runner (the runner at the highest-numbered base) is granted a walk to the next base for the second and all consecutive bad pitches pitched for the same hitter. If a batter advances to the third base on their batted ball, it is a “home run”. The player can then stay on the third base and try to score again as a regular runner by reaching the home base on a later play.

Ten different leagues have been approved for betting in Colorado. The only bet type allowed is a standard match result bet.

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Calvin McAlee

Calvin McAlee has been a sports writer for two years and a sports bettor his whole life. When he isn’t handicapping he is writing about anything sports and sports betting related. A former casino hotel manager, Calvin decided to leave 70-hour workweeks behind and instead do something he loves. Check out his Twitter @McaleeCalvin for more articles and free betting picks as well.