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Sports betting being frozen, the banker in the US lured guests into placing a bet on sharks (part 02)

It was not until he read an article in Forbes about this did Mr. Fischer break down and asked the bookmaker to stop organizing betting on sharks.
Mr. Fischer emphasized that, although he believed that MyBookie had made a mistake this time, he did not dare to claim that betting and conservation – which are seemingly unrelated to each other – would not be cooperated in the future.


“At first, I thought, we can’t do science and bet at the same time. But this is a new way of thinking. And if you are a thorough thinker, you will ask yourself: ‘How to execute this transparently, “said Mr. Fischer
This is not the first time did wildlife become the subject of gambling. In 2015, the famous British bookmaker William Hill used to team up with the UK ornithology fund to hold a betting deal with 17 cuckoo birds during the spring migration. As part of the event, the house offered £ 1,000 for raising fund and a William Hill spokesman said the purpose of the competition was to raise awareness about the cuckoo birds.
Another bookmaker also organized a bet based on the journey of a leather back turtle from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in 2007, according to David Strauss, the leader of MyBookie.
Solution for conservation costs?
Since most sports are delayed, Mr. Strauss was inspired by events in 2007 and 2015 to hold new interesting betting deals for his customers.

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Sports betting being frozen, the banker in the US lured guests into placing a bet on sharks (to be continued)

Being interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, many bookmakers have come up with different, unique ways to attract customers, such as betting on the speed of shark migration.

On the 17th of June, MyBookie, an American online bookmaker, invited customers to bet on nine white sharks on the purpose of predicting where they will migrate this summer.

Racing in the ocean
The company’s website displays odds ratios based on various aspects of the white shark migration journey. The data was taken from Ocearch, a non-profit organization that tracks the movement of white sharks – endangered species.

The interactive map on Ocearch’s website tracks every movements of sharks in real time as they are equipped with navigation devices. Players will rely on this data to bet, everything runs just like a virtual horse race, however, takes place in the ocean.

During this complicated condition of most sports tournaments in the US which are now postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the betting market has also been affected badly in recent months. Betting on sharks can give gamblers a new pastime out of boredom, and some conservationists question whether this will help improve the image of the white shark in people’s eyes or not.

Chris Fischer, the founder of Ocearch, said he didn’t know that the MyBookie bookmaker used his organization’s data to make bets.