Jai Alai 'World's Fatest Sport' Online Gambling

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Online-Casinos.com
Jai Alai 'World's Fatest Sport' Online Gambling

Online gambling presents many opportunities for the punter who is interested in sports that for many enthusiasts are relatively obscure. The fascination for what is called the fastest sports in the world Jai alai is growing as the word gets out about this exciting and indeed fast competition.

Jai alai is a sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space by accelerating it to high speeds with a hand-held device similar to a basket attached to the arm of the player. The Basque Government promotes jai alai as "the fastest sport in the world" because of the ball speed at over 300 klm per hour.

The game court for jai alai consists of walls on the front, back and left, and the floor between them. If the ball touches the floor outside these walls, it is considered out of bounds. Historically this sport goes back around five hundred years and is part of the Latin American culture throughout including  the Philippines owing to its Hispanic influence. American Jai Alai is still played in Florida where the proximity to Cuba created a demand.

In 1986, Jai alai was banned in the Philippines because of problems with match fixing. Then Jai alai returned to the Philippines in March 2010. In 2011, Jai-alai was briefly shut down in the province of Pangasinan because of its connection to illegal jueteng gambling but was re-opened after a court order.

Jai alai enjoyed a brief and popular stint in Las Vegas with the opening of a fronton at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino; however, by the early 1980s the fronton was losing money and was closed. One can  bet on the sport at a number of international sites offering the odds. The USA offers sports betting with rules similar to harness racing and greyhounds for example the Twin Spires Churchill Downs partner Totebet site.  

 

 

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