A Significant Change to Sports Betting could be right around the Corner

Former Missouri Tigers basetball player and current Toronto Raptor, Jontay Porter has caused quite the stir with some potential illegal sports betting that could cause a ripple effect and elimination of prop sports betting across the sports landscape. This article explores what happened, and why prop bets may be going away for good.

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Sports betting has become more and more prominent over the last decade, large in part due to the advancement of technology.

Years ago, betting use to be done through the newspaper, on-site locations that offered services like casinos or simply doing under the table betting between friends.

While most of the old school options still exist, sites like Fanduel, DraftKings SportsBook and several others have made it easier for sports fans to bet with the swipe of your phone screen.

In addition to betting on the money line or plus minus point differential, prop betting has become more and more prominent amongst fans.

Certain prop bet examples could be how many points an individual player will score in a game, how many touchdowns a quarterback will throw or a running back will rush for.

While the most famous sports betting scandal of all-time is inarguably Pete Rose, we may have another chapter that would ban prop betting permanently.

The Latest Incidents that may Eliminate Sports Prop Betting for good

According to an article by www.espn.com , written by David Purdum, Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski, former Missouri Tigers basketball player and current Toronto Raptor, Jontay Porter may be at the root as he is “under investigation by the NBA following multiple instances of betting irregularities over the past several months,” the article states.

The article goes on to identify some specific instances in which Porter fell just short of his prop bets by exiting the game with mysterious circumstances.

One issue was Porter exiting the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 20th with an illness. Porter was shorts of his prop bets by 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the contest.

According to the article, “The next day, DraftKings Sportsbook reported in a media release that Porter’s prop bets were the No. 1 moneymaker from the night in the NBA.”

Another incident was on January 26th when Porter player only four minutes before exiting the game with a supposed aggravated eye injury, which caused him to miss his props again.

According to the article, “The next day, as a part of a daily report to users on sports results, DraftKings Sportsbook state that the under on Porter’s 3-pointers was the biggest money winner for bettors of any NBA player props from games that evening.”

Although this is still under investigation, regardless of the outcome fans should not be surprised if prop betting goes away for good in games both at the college and pro levels.

The assumption is that bets pertaining directly to the overall outcome of the game such as point spread and moneyline will still exist, but bettors will have far less options due to the Porter investigation.