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Sports Betting

Hall of Fame

Jukka Honkavaara
Placed first online sports bet

Jukka Honkavaara has been recognised in the SBC Hall of Fame after becoming the first person to ever place an online sports bet in January 1996, backing Tottenham Hotspur to win against Hereford United with a $50 bet.

Honkavaara placed the first bet on Intertops’ online site, with odds at 1.04 (1/25), which subsequently propelled Intertops to become the first online sportsbook. Since then, he has continued to place online bets on the English Premier League, and the NHL in his spare time. Nowadays, Honkavaara is working as a consultant for Broadscope Oy in Finland.