Because biathlons are still not very popular, it doesn't come as a surprise that bookmakers set high margins when it comes to biathlon betting. Still, determined fans of these bets must deal with the injustice because there is no alternative in sight.
Low Betting Limits
It's often that low betting limits accompany a high margin. Biathlons, in this case, see no exception. You likely won't find a sportsbook that allows thousands of dollars to be placed on the outcome of a biathlon race. On average, a maximum bet is set to $150-$300. In addition, many sportsbooks don't offer bets on biathlons at all, so you must do your research and find one that does if you choose to place bets. Even though you can watch biathlon broadcasts on several American channels, many sportsbooks still don't support biathlons at all.
Rare Live Presence
Single bookmakers only offer live bets on biathlons. Because of the challenges in providing bets for these changing races and because biathlons are still not gaining popularity, there are limits. Bookmakers present an excessively shortened, clipped form with regular pauses, changes, and suspensions in coefficients. Thus, you can't really call the process a "live" one.
While all sports game results are relatively random, in a biathlon, luck remains at the forefront. Why? The entire event can be decided by a light breeze or bad weather that is calm one minute and crazy the next. The unpredictability of the race makes betting on a biathlon that of a lottery.
Unlike many other sports that can run year-round, the major biathlon competitions are held only from November to March. So, fans must patiently wait for more than six months before the biathlon comes back. Also, after the new season starts, major changes can occur during the significant break. These make the beginning stages of the World Cup unpredictable for most.