Growing up, sports was one area at school that everyone either loved or hated.
For many, the feeling of the freedom of being outside away from the classroom come rain or shine was liberating, for others the fear of running around for a couple of hours filled them with dread.
Whichever one best described you, if you are a gambler, the Sports betting market is one that can’t be ignored.
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From a betting perspective, horse racing has always proved popular with the punters, every single racetrack has its own bookies taking bets on the winner of each race, the top 2/3 etc, and along with football (soccer to our American friends), tennis and basketball there are events going on pretty much 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that you can bet on. You name a sport, there will be an opportunity somewhere online to bet on it.
Back in the day, once an event started, you will need to have placed your bets and just sit back and relax. However, these days live betting is huge within the Sports betting industry allowing you to bet at any point during a match on who will score the next goal, win the next point, what will happen in the next 5 minutes, and plenty more.
When betting on Sports, you can pretty much choose the amount you want to win by betting on more events or less likely outcomes. This is vastly different from Casino games such as Blackjack and Roulette where the odds are predefined.
If you want to go to a casino with €100 and set a target of €500, you will need to either play a lot of Blackjack hands, bet on single numbers or corners on the Roulette table or have a lucky spin on the Slots. The bet itself is also over very quickly too.
With Sports betting, if you bet pre-event your bet will normally last you a lot longer depending on the market/s you bet on.
There are lots of different markets you can bet on with Sports betting, let’s look at football as an example.
At any good Sports betting site, before a match starts you can bet on whether team A or team B will win or whether the match will end in a draw, how many goals will be scored, which team or player will get the 1st goal, who will be leading at halftime and at many sites you can also bet on how many corners there will be. That’s just some of the pre-event bets available.
Once a game kicks off, you can bet on who will get the next goal, what will happen in the next 5 minutes – goal, penalty, red card etc – and who will win the remainder of the match to name but 3 markets.
Many sites have also started doing ‘build a bet’ options that allow you to bet on more than one thing happening from within a certain match, for example, player A and player B scoring and player C getting booked. This bumps up the odds quite nicely and allows you to win large amounts if all the events you choose happen. Many sites now let you contact them with several events and they will price it up especially for you, which other punters can also bet on. This allows you to get more involved in the betting experience and be in control of your own markets
Many Casino players will find Sports betting an easy and enjoyable alternative to their usual games, one that tends to last longer and relies more on skill than many Casino games.
If you haven’t bet on Sports before, give it a go at a level you can afford, and see the excitement that comes with it!