Fake characters, fake money, fake players, real fun: Salty Bet is an incomprehensible addiction
This is probably the best story about Salty Bet I've read, and the whole thing is weird. You watch a mish-mash of fictional fighting game characters play against each other, and bet on the outcome. With fake money. The computer is fighting itself. That's it.
It's hard to explain why this is so much fun, but there is something fun about watching the people in the chat window try to second-guess who will win while laying down virtual cash. You have something at stake even if that something is mostly pride.
This is likely one of those things that is relatively popular for a short time until people get tired of the gimmicky aspect of the "game," but for now the whole thing is pretty enjoyable. It's free to try, although you can pay if you really want. It's neat to see something so goofy, that seems to have been put together on a whim, take off and find an audience.