Steps to Beat the BookiesHave in-depth Knowledge of the Sport you are Betting on
Knowing your sport well is not just about which team has gone on a 10 game unbeaten streak, or how many clean sheets they have kept this season.
Before you begin to beat the bookies, ask yourself these questions:
Were they good, or were they just lucky?
Which player is having a contract issue?
Which player is unhappy with the manager for being played out of his natural position?
Which player wants to leave the club?
Which club is going through a tough fixture list?
Who are their next opponents?
Are they going to rest some key players this week?
These are the kind of details that will help you spot good value bets and give you an edge over the bookies.
The Favourite does Not Always Win
This seems an obvious fact to everyone reading this article. However, it is difficult for any punter to ignore the price bookies have given.
Example: When Rafael Nadal took on Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open back in April 2015, the bookmakers had set Nadal as a heavy favourite. Nadal is the “King of Clay” and has won the Barcelona Open no less than 8 times.
However, what the bookmakers had overlooked was that Fognini had beaten Nadal on clay only a few months earlier in Brazil.
In addition, Fognini's record of knocking out top seeds made his 8/1 price look like an extremely attractive value bet.
In the end, Fognini went on to beat Nadal in straight sets.
Bet with more than one Bookmaker
With plenty of operators in the market, you can play on various online bookmakers.
Different bookmakers have different loyalty schemes or deposit bonuses to try and keep you betting with them and only them.
Which website offers you the best First Deposit Bonus? Which website offers you daily bonuses for playing with them?
Choose the website which gives you the best value for money or play on a variety of sites where you can enjoy the benefits of the different bookmakers all at once!
Don’t Bet with your Heart
Punters often make the mistake of betting with their heart.
You might really want your team to win and even start to convince yourself it's possible. Before you know it, you believe it so much that you've placed a wager on it.
The bookies love it because each week they'll rake it in from all the home fans willing their soon-to-be relegated team to beat the table leaders.
Similarly, avoid important events like derby games. The unpredictable element is magnified because there's more at stake and players may elevate themselves for that extra degree of honour and pride.
If you must bet on these events, consider other markets. They probably won't beat the table leaders but could they get a goal? In this case, choosing “Yes” on “Both Teams to Score” could be a more sensible bet than backing your team on the handicap.
Pick the Right Moment
It's difficult to pinpoint the right time to place your bet because, unlike with horse racing, it’s not ‘best odds guaranteed’ on sports bets but it's usually best to do it on the day.
Some bookies will enhance prices or have special offers ahead of a popular event.
Examples of this are refunds on losing tickets if the score ends 0-0, or perhaps your bet will be considered a winning bet as long as your team goes 3-0 up.
Promotions such as this give you added value in your bets. Do remember to look out for such offers and utilize them!
You will have good and bad days on betting. But the best way to beat the bookies is to have a reliable source of data that shows historical data of the teams you are betting on.
To back up your bets with proper analysis and reliable prediction, make sure to check out our free football previews and tips here.
I don't think you have to know the sports very well to win. I think the best opportunities are finding mistakes. If you compare all of the bookies numbers against each other you will find some mistakes. No sports knowledge required.
And I also forgot to mention on my above comment, absolutely do not pay for any sports advice or touting.
Common Types of Sports BettingToday, I will be discussing about most bet types in football. Why waste money on a game which you have no knowledge of? Don’t be shy! Everyone started off as a newbie! You have taken the most important step of all – learning! Embark on your journey towards success! Let’s Begin and Play at Red18 or WClub!
This is the most common and easily understandable bet type for new punters. “1” represents a win for the Home Team, “X” represents a draw and “2” represents a win for the Away Team. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
As its name suggests, this bet type originated from Asia, though it has become increasingly popular throughout Europe in recent years. The difference of the Asian handicap bet is that it reduces the 3 possible outcomes of a football match (win, lose or draw), to 2. For example, if you bet for a -1.5 handicap you will either win if your chosen team wins by two goals or more, or lose in any other case. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
This bet refers to the total goals scored by both teams in a single match. The most common line offered is 2.5 goals. If the total goals for the game is 2 or less, “Under 2.5 goals” will be the winning bet. Alternatively, if the game has 3 goals or more, “Over 2.5 goals” will be the winning bet. Depending on the statistics of the league or certain teams’ goal average, bookmakers will adjust their odds and number of goals accordingly. Some leagues such as the German Bundesliga has a higher goal per game average. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
Sometimes mentioned as D/C. By choosing this market, you select two out of the three possible outcomes and improve your chances of winning by reducing the odds. The options are as follows:
1 or X: The bet wins if there’s a Home Win or Draw.
1 or 2: The bet wins if either team wins the match.
X or 2: The bet wins if there’s a Draw or an Away Win
The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only.
You have to predict the range of goals scored in a match. Normally, the ranges are: 0-1 goals, 2-3 goals, 4-6 goals, 7 or more goals. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
Both Teams To Score
In short BTTS means you’re betting on whether both teams will score or not by choosing either the “Yes” or “No” options. If one team fails to score or the match ends as a goalless draw, the “No” option is the winner. If both teams score, the “Yes” option is the winner. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
You’re asked to predict the exact final score of a match (or at times, the halftime score). There are plenty of choices that cover almost every possible result. Any option that is not mentioned is covered by the “Any Other Score” or AOS bet (i.e. a 5-5 draw). The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
This bet type is relatively new. The betting options of this market are normally a 2-way handicap such as “Over/Under 10.5 Corners”. In this case, 11 or more corners would mean that “Over 10.5 Corners” would be the winner and 10 or less corners would mean that “Under 10.5 Covers” would be the winner. These options are usually offered among other similar bets, such as “Team to win the next corner”. The match result will be the score after 90 minutes & injury time only, unless stated otherwise.
A parlay bet is a single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together. The benefit of the parlay is that there are much higher payoffs than placing each individual bet separately since the difficulty of hitting it is much higher. If any of the bets in the parlay lose, the entire parlay loses. If any of the plays in the parlay ties, or “pushes”, the parlay reverts to a lower number of teams with the odds reducing accordingly.