Just days after New Jersey sports bettors, who were scanning the globe for competitions to wager on in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, lost out on their two favorite options, regulators approved an increasingly popular alternative on Thursday.
Table tennis — better known to some as “ping-pong” — is now available for wagering in the Garden State, though only pre-match bets are authorized per the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. That’s short of what neighboring Pennsylvania offers, or what Indiana — a relative late-comer to legal, regulated sports betting but one that has been aggressive of late — permits for its bettors.
Rush Street Interactive, which has the Play SugarHouse and BetRivers brands in Pennsylvania and the latter title in the Hoosier State, has gotten more handle on table tennis in the past week than any other sport.
The reason? “In-game” betting is permitted in those two states.
Some New Jersey gamblers may be sufficiently consoled by having any table tennis wagering at all, after two popular options a week ago — Australian Rules football and a rugby league in that same country — were knocked out when each league suspended its activity for obvious safety reasons.
The TT Cup in Ukraine and the Setka Cup in Russia are holding table tennis matches on a