Decades before the Atari 2600 hit the shelves, the first coin-operated pinball machines kick-started the unstoppable gaming revolution — and it all began in arcades. By the mid-70s, video arcade games like Computer Space were a staple addition to every arcade, and classics like Donkey Kong, Pacman and Galaga followed soon after. Although the popularity of video game precursors is undeniable, there’s more than enough room for mechanical and electro-mechanical games in the hearts of arcade aficionados to this day. Among them are GP Rider, indoor basketball games like Super Shot and, of course, air hockey. Air hockey is a simple arcade game played between two participants (or two teams) on a special, smooth table. These tables are equipped with machinery and fans to generate cushions of air that reduce friction and facilitate fast-paced gameplay. The players use a striker to hit and manoeuvre a puck with one objective in mind — hit the puck hard and fast enough to pass the opponent’s defence and send it flying into the goal.



Despite the game’s timeless presence in arcades, air hockey betting markets are relatively new additions to online sportsbooks. The rise of air hockey betting went hand in hand with the development of the game as a professional sport. Today, air hockey games and tournaments are organised and regulated by two federations: the Air Hockey Players Association (AHPA) and the United States Air Hockey Association (USAA). The sport has a particularly strong following in the United States (where most air hockey champions hail from); however, the sport is prominent in Spain, Russia and the Czech Republic as well.

Betting on air hockey is relatively straightforward. A competitive match comprises seven games, and you can wager on the winner of individual games or on the match winner outright. When a goal is scored, a point is added to the player’s score; the first player to reach seven points wins the game. Players only have seven seconds to push the puck once it’s on their side of the table, so you might see some interesting proposition bets that incorporate timing, fouls and even time-outs. Keep in mind that air hockey tournaments often feature modified rules, so make sure to check ‘em out before you place your air hockey bets.


At LV BET, you can enjoy top air hockey odds and swooping betting markets on the biggest air hockey competitions of the year. Look out for the USAA World Championships, AHPA World Championship, Infinity Cup, US Championship, European Championship,  Catalan Championship and various local and national Opens, like the Texas State Open and the Russian Open. Aside from air hockey online betting, you can back your favourite teams and athletes in sports like football, badminton, tennis, hockey, or dive right into the action in esports like CS:GO, LoL and Dota 2.

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