Wales is well renowned for its beautiful landscapes and popular tourist destinations but, despite its relatively small population of approximately three million people, it also excels (some might even say over achieves) in the world of professional sport.
The Welsh are proud countrymen, but there’s one thing better than watching your country succeed in a sporting contest, and that’s winning money from them doing so! Gambling on sports is big business in Wales and you can check out the latest odds and offers at novibet.co.uk/sports/promotions.
Wales is a country made up of cities, towns and villages, separated by acres of lush countryside. One of the very few downsides to this is that your nearest bookmaker, or bricks and mortar casino, could well be several miles away from your home. It’s mainly this reason that so many Welsh people choose to gamble online, from the comfort of their homes, instead.
A look at what sports Welsh people love to bet on won’t raise any eyebrows either. Rugby is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the country, so it’s no surprise that the Welsh love to have a flutter on their national team. Although they’ve never managed to land a coveted World Cup to this date, they have won the Six Nations tournament 39 times (27 times outright themselves and 12 times shared), with Warren Gatland being the most successful head coach in the competition, leading them to victory in 2008, 2012 and 2019.
Football has always played second fiddle to rugby in terms of being the country’s best-loved sport and that’s arguable due to the country’s relatively poor performances on the national stage over the years. Despite this, Wales has still managed to produce several big name players such as Ryan Giggs, Mark Hughes, Ian Rush and Gary Speed, who all had stellar careers in England’s top flight. However, with the more recent success of the Welsh team from the 2016 Euros, in which they topped a group including England, Russia and Slovakia and made it all the way to the semi-finals, the Welsh peoples’ interest in football has grown.
Since then, Gareth Bale has scored arguably the greatest ever Champions League final goal to land the title for a fourth time and Aaron Ramsey made a high-profile move to Italian giants Juventus to further Welsh football’s visibility throughout Europe. Bale, who is Wales’ most decorated player and is arguably the most talented player the country has ever produced, remains at odds with his club Real Madrid in Spain, with plenty of reports linking him with a move back to England. If that were to happen, it’s certain that the people of Wales would keep a close eye on him and be backing him to score in the Premier League.
Outside of rugby and football, the Welsh also have a passion for thoroughbred horse racing, which is evidenced by its three racecourses; Bangor-On-Dee, Ffos Las and Chepstow, offering flat and national hunt racing all year round. Chepstow is also home to the Welsh Grand National, which is the highlight of the Welsh racing calendar and takes place every year between Christmas and New Year.
With all of this wonderful sporting heritage and more, it’s no wonder the Welsh people love to have a punt online in the hopes of winning big.