Kuskokwim 300 race fans have a new way to raise the stakes in this year’s race: by betting on the action. With in-person ticket sales hampered by the pandemic, Gov. Dunleavy lifted restrictions on online gaming in Alaska. For the first time, fans can place online bets on who will win the 300-mile sled dog race.
Each bet costs $10, and there is no limit. Each bet requires guessing which musher will win the race, their elapsed time, and how many dogs are in harness at the finish. The one with the closest bet wins, and will split the pot 50-50 with the K300 race organization.
K300 Race Manager Paul Basile said that gaming is a way to keep the race purse high and give fans a new way to engage in the sport.
Betting is already open, and will close at the scheduled race start time of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. You must be in the state of Alaska and at least 18 years old to participate.