LAS VEGAS — Legal sports activities betting is experiencing a growth in contrast to another time in historical past and Las Vegas, as all the time, is an epicenter. With that in thoughts, the CJ Cup being performed at the unique Summit in Las Vegas—the second straight week of PGA Tour golf within the metropolis that glitters—appeared like the right time to safe some insights from gamers about sports activities betting, golf particularly.
The solutions from Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and Jason Kokrak got here a bit hesitantly. The consensus was that none of them spent any time wanting at the percentages previous to a match, however that legalized wagering on golf would convey extra followers to the game.
Their hesitancy to overtly talk about the problem in all probability stemmed from the long-standing emotions of PGA Tour executives — and different main sports activities league leaders — of not wanting something to do with playing. Habits are tough to interrupt typically.
In 2021, every main sports activities league has agreements with featured betting companions, together with the PGA Tour with FanDuel, BetMGM and PointsBet. Kokrak even confirmed as much as his press convention carrying a hat with the BetMGM emblem on the entrance.
What are the percentages of that?
Regarding the gamers not listening to the betting odds, I’ve to imagine that with the entire social media and different information obtainable, they need to see the numbers. And they should have an opinion on the percentages after they do catch a glimpse, even if they hold these opinions to themselves.
As I wrote this, Golf Today hosts Damon Hack and Shane Bacon had been discussing CJ Cup odds throughout an prolonged phase. Most seemingly there’ll come a day when gamers talk about the percentages extra overtly, however we’re nonetheless within the infancy of this new period.
As of Thursday morning, Dustin Johnson (+1000) is the favourite at the SI SportsBook, adopted by Collin Morikawa at +1100 and Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele at +1400.
Jason Kokrak, the defending champ, is +5000 and my guess is that if he noticed these odds, he would really feel a bit disrespected.
Sports and golf betting is in all places and it’s right here to remain. And that’s OK.
“I think that (golf betting) is driving a different market and I think you’ll see a different group of people coming out to the golf course to either cheer or not cheer or root against people, so it’s interesting,” Kokrak stated. “I think you’ll see more and more of that going on as more states open up and allow online betting or whatever. It’s going to be interesting going down this road, but I think it’s good for golf.”
Johnson agreed with Kokrak and in addition stated he doesn’t observe the golf odds.
“Obviously, I don’t really follow golf betting, but other sports, maybe,” Johnson stated. “Obviously, I think it’s good for the game, just because it brings a lot more people who are going to be interested in it. I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Morikawa is a Summit Club member and has been a Las Vegas resident for about three years, so he has a first-hand view of the sports-betting evolution.
“I don’t think we care about our odds at all and I think if you ask any athlete, they don’t care about their odds, either,” Morikawa stated. “But is sports betting good for the world? Absolutely. I think it brings a different type of audience, a different type of people into golf and that’s what we need. We need golf to be on a bigger worldwide stage every single day because that is how we want to grow our sport.
“I think it’s great for the game as long as it’s respectful. We play in a different type of arena, per se. We’re not in a stadium where you can make as much noise. I mean, we’re still playing a respectful game and you have to respect us when we’re hitting, so we’ll see how that kind of plays out. But I think for the most part, it’s going to be great because you’re going to see a different crowd of fans. And that’s what we’ve seen. When we go to new locations, you see a different kind of population and people, which is great for the game itself.”