Betfair to Take UK Drone Racing Bets

Betfair in partnership with the Drone Racing League has announced an agreement to accept sports betting on drone racing, in particular, the final race of the Allianz World Championship to be held Alexandra Palace in London on 13 June 2017.

The Allianz World Championship is the UK’s first professional drone race and will feature pilots from all over the world as well as a one-of-a-kind, multi-dimensional course throughout the entire Alexandra Palace building.

Flying at speeds of over 80mph, the Drone Racing League races combine the thrill of auto racing and futuristic drone technology. The result is an action-packed professional circuit complete with high-speed chases and, of course, crashes.


The Drone Racing League

The Drone Racing League was established in 2016 as the first and only drone racing organization in the world. The league comprises of six professional races, with 16 pilots competing for the championship at a variety of venues across Miami, Munich, New Orleans, Boston, and London. Because it is a knock-out style competition, a new champion is crowned at the end of every season.

The Allianz World Championship will be aired as 12 hour-long episodes, covering the entirety of the competition for the title of “World’s Greatest Drone Pilot” as well as the six-figure salary.

Betting on Drone Racing

During the first season of the Drone Racing League, the competition attracted over 30 million viewers across the world. More impressive, however, is the fact that the league had recorded over 43 million views of its digital content during the same season ꟷ which is clear indication that the world is ready for more drone races.

According to Drone Racing League CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski, “drone racing is a sport made for betting,” he said, “it combines the raw thrill of short track racing with the complexity and strategy of motorsports.

“The Allianz World Championship race will be the first time a live audience will see the thrill of professional drone racing up close, and the inclusion of betting will make it that much more exciting for fans. We’re so excited to be able to bring this experience to drone racing with Paddy Power Betfair, a global leader in betting.”

As for betting on drone races, bettors will be able to bet on individual heat winners during each of the seven heats as well as the overall winner of the Allianz World Championship. Bets can be placed online through the Betfair Sportsbook app.


Drone Racing and Sportsbooks

The media has hailed drone racing as “the sport of the future”, lending its appeal to the fact that drone racing resembles something between Formula 1 and a sci-fi film. In addition, drone racing takes spectators to some of the most iconic venues in the world, including NFL stadiums, abandoned factories and historical landmarks ꟷ attributes which make drone racing highly entertaining spectator sport. The 2017 Drone Racing League will also be broadcast in more than 75 countries on partner channels including ESPN, Sky Sports and ProSiebenSat to name but a few.

The growing popularity of drone racing means that sportsbooks such as Betfair have welcomed drone racing to the betting market and, as mentioned previously, will offer odds on the winner of each of the seven heats as well as the ultimate winner of the Allianz World Championship.

Surprisingly Betfair, which is part of the Paddy Power Betfair bookmarking business, is not the first operator to offer odds on drone racing. Licensed sportsbook Pinnacle, which was the first operator to introduce eSports to betting markets, was also the first to offer odds on drone racing during the 2016 Drone Racing Championships.


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