Greyhound Betting Information

Greyhound Betting Information

Greyhound betting racing is a popular wagering sport. The following information will help you to understand and appreciate this exciting sport and the athletic, competitive dogs who take part.

Greyhound Betting – Greyhound racing is the sixth largest spectator sport in America. It is legal in 18 states.

Greyhound Racing
Greyhound racing is derived from a sport called coursing. Coursing involves just a single greyhound dog and is a test of the dog’s skill in sighting and catching a game animal. Greyhound racing with an artificial lure was first organized at Hendon, England in September 1876 where six greyhounds raced over a 400-yard straight course, chasing an artificial hare. Due to the cold public reception greyhound racing was abandoned. Greyhound racing was later revived in United States of America around 1907. Greyhound racing reached its peak of popularity in 1992. In 1992 about 3.5 million audience watched greyhound racing in more than 16,827 races and approximately $3.5 billion was bet on greyhound racing.

In the recent years greyhound racing has become unpopular due to the pressure from animal rights groups. The revenue from greyhound racing has dropped by almost 50% and 13 greyhound racing tracks have been closed.