Super Bowl LV has attracted an unexpected surge in gambling activity online, with traditional sportsbooks in the US struggling to keep up their online offers running.
A series of brief outages rendered sports fans almost catatonic after numerous gambling companies saw their platforms blink out briefly. A CNBC video report has outlined the details of the latest outages.
FanDuel, DraftKings, Penn Bet and BetMGM all experienced website crashes both before and during the big game last Sunday. Fans got their daggers out, with tweets raining in to lambast the operators.
“You are incompetent, inadequate and an utter disgrace at doing the only thing you are supposed to do”, one belligerent tweet read on the social media platform. Companies, though, have rallied, explaining that demand had exceeded expectations.
Even the America Gaming Association’s forecast may have been slightly below the mark, with the organization predicting one-third of all sports bets would be placed online. This may have been an understatement.
FanDuel also reported issues occurred not on its own proprietary platform but by third-parties which led to disruption of the sportsbook's offer. Penn National and Barstool have both experienced similar crashes, and once again third-parties were mentioned.
DraftKings said that Kambi has not been able to handle the traffic, and the company responded that it saw three-times the volume of online bets. In New Jersey for example, sports betting results grew by over 115% year-over-year. This is the highest betting volumes in history.
BetMGM in Las Vegas couldn't set bets at its retail sportsbook during the game, and even after that, with police stepping in to keep sports fans calm. Yet, for those who had come prepared, the event was good news.
In the meantime, one type of sports betting site that had a clear edge and experienced no issues whatsoever were blockchain bookies.
The technology used to keep websites such as Sportsbet.io and Cloudbet running uses peer-to-peer validation and it gives consumers and the businesses a significant edge even in the high-volume betting setting experienced during the Super Bowl.