2020 PBA Strike Derby

PBA Strike Derby Debuts Saturday With Live Betting

PBA Strike Derby Debuts Saturday With Live Betting

Not only will the PBA make its return Saturday night with the PBA Strike Derby, some fans will also be able to bet on the action.

Jun 3, 2020 by Lucas Wiseman
PBA Strike Derby Debuts Saturday With Live Betting

Not only will the PBA make its return Saturday night with the PBA Strike Derby, some fans will also be able to bet on the action.

Strikes will be flowing during the two-hour long telecast on FOX (United States) and FloBowling (international) starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. Viewers at home will also be able to wager real money on the outcomes of the event via FOX Bet in Colorado, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The PBA has been on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic since the PBA World Championship show, which aired live on March 15. The made-for-TV derby won’t award a PBA Tour title, won’t have any fans in attendance but will offer a $25,000 payday for the winner.

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Competing in the event will be Tommy Jones, Sean Rash, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Bill O’Neill, Anthony Simonsen, Shawn Maldonado and EJ Tackett.

The winners of the first eight PBA Tour events of the 2020 season were given invitations to compete in the event. Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who won two titles, and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson declined to participate, allowing Simonsen, Maldonado and Tackett to get in.

The PBA Strike Derby will start with each player throwing as many strikes as they can in a two-minute span. The players will be seeded for a single-elimination bracket based on their totals.

The derby then turns to head-to-head matchups where the players will again have two minutes to throw strikes and the player with the highest total moving on.

As for the betting, FOX Bet has posted initial odds on its Pennsylvania app that set the over/under for the number of strikes thrown throughout the entire event at 196.5.

There are also odds on who will advance to the final: Tackett -200, O’Neill +150, Simonsen +175, Troup +350, Prather +350, Jones +450, Rash +600 and Maldonado +800.

The odds on winning the event are as follows: Tackett +200, O’Neill +450, Simonsen +500, Troup +700, Prather +700, Jones +900, Rash +1200 and Maldonado +1600.