Sports Betting – A Guide To The Various Types Of Bets Available 

Today we will have a look at the various types of bets that are available in relation to sports betting.

What is sports betting? It can be defined as the activity of predicting various outcomes related to sports fixtures and results, and placing a wager on these outcomes.

For sports betting to occur you must have at least two participants: the person wishing to make a wager, and a person or company willing to accept that wager. The person who is willing to accept the wage is generally called a “bookmaker”.

The outcomes that a person wagers on are generally represented by two forms: odds, which are shown using a fractional system i.e. 2/1, 7/2, 5/1, or a monetary decimal figure i.e. 1, 1.50, 2.00, shown in whatever currency applies to the bookmaker and person making the bet.

In the following section we will have a look at some popular sports, and the type of bets that are available within that sport. Some of them are straight forward, while others are a little unusual, and can be known in betting parlance as “exotics”.

Various Sports And The Types Of Bets Available

Baseball

Winner, Loser, Run Line, Half Time/Full Time, Total Runs

Winning Margin, Team To Score First, Team To Score Last, Total Points Odd/Even, Home Team Total Runs

Home Team Total Odd/Even, First Innings Lead, Highest Scoring Innings, Away Team Total Runs, Away Team Total Odd/Even

Most Base Hits, Overtime, Team To Score Last, Total Hits, Total Runs 3-Way

1st Innings Runs, 2nd Innings Runs, 3rd Innings Runs, 4th Innings Runs, 5th Innings Runs, 6th Innings Runs

Cricket

Winner, Loser, Draw, Top Batsman, Top Bowler

Top Home Batsman, Top Visiting Batsman, Top Home Bowler, Top Visiting Bowler, Draw No Bet

Method of Next Dismissal, Highest Opening Partnership, First Ball, First Innings 100, First Innings 50

Man of the Match, Home Opening Partnership, Visiting Opening Partnership, Alternative Method of First Dismissal, 1st Over Runs

Century In Match, Home First Dismissal, Away First Dismissal, Fall of Next Wicket, First Ball Dot or Not

Darts

Winner, Second Place Getter, Winning Nationality, Total 180s, 170 Check Out

9 Dart Finish And 170 Check Out, Highest 3 Dart Average, 9 Dart Finish, Total 170 Check Outs, Total 9 Dart Finishes

Football (Soccer)

Win, Lose, Draw, First Goal Scorer, Correct Score

Half Time/Full Time, Handicaps, Draw No Bet, Total Goals, Total Goals Exact

Anytime Goal Scorer, Both Teams To Score, Last Goal Scorer, Match Result And Both Teams To Score, To Score A Hat-Trick

Half Time, Half Time Score, Winning Margin, To Score 2 Or More Goals, Total Corners

Double Chance, First Team Booking, Score/Win Double, Team To Score First, To Win To Nil

Golf

Winner, Second Place Getter, Third Place Getter, Winning Nationality, Specific Player To Play

Top 20 Finish, Winning Margin, Double Chance, Play Off, Enhanced Win

Handicaps, Hole In One, Hole In One By Player, Treble Chance, Insurebet – 5 Places

Top American, Top Asian, Top Australasian, Top Australian, Top Continental Euro

Top European, Top Rest of the World, Top South African, Top South American Player, Big Guns Vs The Field

Horse Racing

Win, Each-Way, Place Only, Lay Betting, Double, Treble

Motorsports – Formula One

Winner, Podium Place, Pole Position, Fastest Lap, Winning Car

Pole Position/Race Winner Double, Driver On Pole Position To Win The Race, Winning Nationality, Leader after 1st Lap, Hat Trick (Pole Win Fastest Lap)

Winning Margin, Number of Finishers, Points Finish, First Retirement, Safety Car

Top 2 Finish, Top 4 Finish, Top 6 Finish, Highest Scoring Team, Not to finish race

England vs Sri Lanka – Second Test Betting Tips

England take on Sri Lanka in the Second Test of a two match series, starting on Friday 20/06/14 at Headingley in Leeds, England.

As part of the 2014 tour of England, Sri Lanka have one a 5 game One Day International series 3 games to 2, and won a 20-20 fixture as well.

For the two match test series Alistair Cooke captains England, while Angelo Matthews captains Sri Lanka.

The first match of the series was contested at Lord’s London between 12/06/14 and 16/06/14. English players Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and Sam Robson all made their Test debuts. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.

England scored 575 for 9 declared after 130.3 overs. Batsman Joe Root recorded his highest Test score ever with a score of 200 not out. Nuwan Pradeep was the best of the Sri Lankan bowlers taking 4 for 123 of 29 overs.

In reply, Sri Lanka scored 453 off of 138.4 overs in their first innings. Kumar Sangakkara topped scored for the Sri Lankan’s with 147 off of 258 balls. English quick James Anderson was the pick of the quicks taking 3 for 93 off of 31 overs.

In the second innings, with an eye on a result, England scored 267 runs for 8 wickets declared, after 69 overs. Batsman Gary Balance was able to record 104 runs not out off of 188 balls, while the Sri Lankan Rangana Herath took 4 for 95 off of 23 overs.

Set 389 runs to win, Sri Lanka were unable to overhaul the English total. Kumar Sangakkara once again topped scored for the visiting side, making a useful 61, but was able to find much support. English bowler James Anderson wrapped up a fine match taking 4 for 25 off of 19 overs in the second innings.

The match was officially declared a draw by umpires Billy Bowden and Paul Reiffel.

The second match of the 2014 Sri Lanka tour of England takes place at Headingly in Leeds, England.

Both sides had their moments in the First Test at Lords. In the first innings, Sri Lanka’s decision to bowl first was rewarded when they had England down to 4 for 120. Joe Root’s maiden double century, with help from the middle order, managed to steady things for the English. Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara had a good game with scores of 147 and 61, and Captain Angelo Matthews managed a century as well. The last day turned in to a nail-biting affair as England came after the Sri Lankan batting order, which managed to hold on with one wicket to spare.

Headingley should offer a bit more for the English side, which will look to capitalise on their first match efforts. Their batting seems to be finding some more consistency and the English conditions will naturally favour their bowlers more.

Sri Lanka appears to of adopted a defensive mind-set, and their batsmen will be greatly troubled if the English bowlers can get the ball to move around.

Betting markets have opened for this fixture with England installed at Evens for the victory. The draw has been rated a 2/1 chance, while Sri Lanka have been marked at 7/2 for the win.

Batsman Kumar Sangakkara was in excellent form in the First Test, and is favourite for Top Batsman at 11/2. Double century maker Joe Root is rated at 8/1.

James Anderson has been installed as Top Bowler after his excellent work in the First Test. He’s currently going for 4/1, with Stuart Broad the next best at 5/1.

Formula One – Austrian Grand Prix Betting Tips

The 2014 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 22/06/14 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.

The Red Bull Ring last hosted the Austrian Grand Prix in 2003, when the circuit was known as the A1-Ring. On that occasion Michael Schumacher (Germany) of Ferrari won the race in a time of 1:24:04.888, and also posted the fastest lap at a time of 1:08.337.

Formula One had its inaugural season in 1950, and the first world championship race was held at Silverstone in the United Kingdom. The first world championship for drivers was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo. Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio won the title in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 & 1957. A championship for car constructors began in 1958.

There are 22 drivers in Formula One, with 11 teams and 11 constructors competing for the championship. The engine suppliers for the cars are Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault. The tyre suppliers for the cars are Pirelli.

A Formula One Grand Prix event runs over a weekend. There are two practice sessions on a Friday, and one practice session on a Saturday, and then a qualifying session is held to determine the starting order for the race on Sunday.

The race on Sunday begins with a warm-up lap, after which the cars assemble on the starting grid in the order that they qualified. Once the warm-up lap is complete, the cars line up in their pre-determined position on the starting grid, and a light system above the track indicates the start of the race.

Throughout the race drivers may make pit stops to change tyres and repair any damaged sustained to the car. The winner of the race is the first driver to cross the finish line having completed a set number of laps, which when added together should give a distance of approximately 305 kilometres.

At the end of the race the top ten cars are awarded points. The winner receives 25 points, second place receives 18 points, third place receives 15 points and so on. At the end of the season, the total number of points won at each race are added up, and the driver and constructor with the most points at the end of the season are declared world champions.

The current Formula One Drivers’ champion is Sebastian Vettel of Germany (Red Bull Racing). The current Constructors’ champion is Red Bull Racing of Austria.

At the last Formula One Grand Prix hosted in Canada Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) of Red Bull Racing was victorious. Nico Rosenberg (Germany) of Mercedes held pole, while Felipe Massa (Brazil) of Williams-Mercedes posted the fastest lap.

Current market odds for the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix are as follows:

Winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 7/10, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 15/8, Daniel Riccardo (Red Bull Racing) 18/1, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 22/1, Fernando Alosno (Ferrari) 50/1.

Podium finish: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1/4, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1/4, Daniel Riccardo (Red Bull Racing) 22/1, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 28/1, Fernando Alosno (Ferrari) 66/1.

Pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 8/15, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 15/8, Daniel Riccardo (Red Bull Racing) 22/1, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 28/1, Fernando Alosno (Ferrari) 66/1.

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 6/4, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 9/4, Daniel Riccardo (Red Bull Racing) 12/1, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 12/1, Fernando Alosno (Ferrari) 16/1.

Winning car: Mercedes 2/17, Red Bull Racing 8/1, Ferrari 33/1, Williams 40/1, Force India 66/1.

Hat trick (win, pole position, fastest lap): Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 12/5, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 7/1, Daniel Riccardo (Red Bull Racing) 80/1, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 100/1, Felipe Massa (Williams) 150/1.

2014 World Cup – Round 2 – 17/06/14 – 22/06/14

The 2014 World Cup is hosted in Brazil. It comprises of 32 teams from 5 federations.  Each team will play 3 games to determine who will qualify for the next round of 16. Once each team has completed its initial 3 games, the top teams of each group will progress onwards to the next round of 16.

The following contains a short review of the team’s previous match played and the betting odds for each team to win, draw or lose their match in the second round of the 2014 World Cup.

Group A

17/06/14 – Brazil vs Mexico

In the1st round, Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in a controversial match and Mexico defeated Cameroon 1-0.

Brazil Win – 3/10 – Draw – 5/1 – Mexico – 8/1

18/06/14 – Cameroon vs Croatia

In the 1st round, Cameroon lost to Mexico 1-0 in a tight affair and Croatia lost to Brazil 3-1.

Cameroon Win – 28/5 – Draw – 16/6 – Croatia Win – 8/13

Group B

18/06/14 – Australia vs Netherlands

In the 1st round, Australia lost to Chile 3-1 and Netherlands defeated Spain 5-1 in a very surprising result.

Australia Win – 16/1 – Draw – 13/2 – Netherlands Win – 3/13

18/06/14 – Spain vs Chile

In the 1st round, Spain lost to Netherlands 5-1 and Chile defeated Australia 3-1 as expected.

Spain Win – 8/13 – Draw – 7/2 – Chile Win – 11/2

Group C

19/06/14 – Columbia vs Ivory Coast

In the 1st round, Columbia comfortably defeated Greece 3-0 and Ivory Cost defeated Japan 2-1

Columbia Win – 19/7 – Draw – 5/2 – Ivory Coast Win – 14/5

19/06/14 – Japan vs Greece

In the 1st round, Japan lost to Ivory Coast 2-1 in a tight fixture and Greece lost to Columbia 3-0.

Japan Win – 6/5 – Draw – 12/5 – Greece Win – 11/4

Group D

19/06/14 – Uruguay vs England

In the 1st round, Uruguay unexpectedly lost to Costa Rica 3-1 and England lost to Italy 2-1.

Uruguay Win – 11/4 – Draw – 5/2 – England Win – 6/5

20/06/14 – Italy vs Costa Rica

In the 1st round, Italy defeated England 2-1 in a much anticipated match and Costa Rica defeated Uruguay 3-1.

Italy Win – 8/15 – Draw – 17/5 – Costa Rica Win – 13/2

Group E

20/06/14 – Switzerland vs France

In the 1st round, Switzerland defeated Ecuador 2-1 and France defeated Honduras 3-0 with style.

Switzerland Win – 17/4 – Draw – 14/5 – France – 4/5

20/06/14 – Honduras vs Ecuador

In the 1st round, Honduras lost to France 3-0 and Ecuador lost to Switzerland 2-1 in an entertaining affair.

Honduras Win – 6/1 – Draw – 16/5 – Ecuador – 5/8

Group F

21/06/14 – Argentina vs Iran

In the 1st round, Argentina defeated Bosnia Herzegovina 2-1 with Lionel Messi scoring, and Iran played out a 0-0 draw against Nigeria.

Argentina Win – 1/7 – Draw – 9/1 – Iran Win – 28/1

21/06/14 – Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the 1st round, Nigeria played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina lost to Argentina 2-1.

Nigeria Win – 15/4 – Draw – 14/5 – Bosnia and Herzegovina Win – 11/13

Group G

21/06/14 – Germany vs Ghana

In the 1st round, Germany easily defeated Portugal 4-0 and USA defeated Ghana 2-1.

Germany Win – 3/10 – Draw – 5/1 – Ghana Win – 11/1

22/06/14 – USA vs Portugal

In the 1st round, USA played will to defeat Ghana 2-1 and Portugal lost to Germany 4-0.

USA Win – 5/1 – Draw – 3/1 – Portugal Win – 4/6

Group H

22/06/14 – Belgium vs Russia

In the 1st round, Belgium came back to defeat Algeria 2-1 and Russia played out a 0-0 draw with South Korea.

Belgium Win – 11/10 – Draw – 5/2 – Russia Win -10/3

22/06/14 – South Korea vs Algeria

In the first round, South Korea played out a 0-0 dour draw with Russia and Algeria lost to Belgium 2-1.

South Korea Win – 16/11 – Draw – 12/5 – Algeria Win – 12/5

2014 Wimbledon Championships

The 2014 Wimbledon Championships are a tennis tournament that will take place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England, between 23/06/14 and 06/07/14. It will be the 128th edition of the Wimbledon Championships, and the third Grand Slam event of the year after the completion of the French and Australian Opens.

The event features singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, and the current reigning champions are Andy Murray of Great Britain for the men’s singles, Marion Bartoli of France for the women’s singles, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the men’s doubles, and Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai for the women’s doubles.

 

The Top 10 ranked male’s singles players this year are:

1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia

2 Rafael Nadal of Spain

3 Andy Murray of the United Kingdom

4 Roger Federer of Switzerland

5 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland

6 Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic

7 David Ferrer of Spain

8 Milos Raonic of Canada

9 John Isner of United States

10 Kei Nishikori

 

England’s Andy Murray will be looking to successfully defend his 2013 crown and will no doubt be much relieved now the pressure for a native born player to win the championship has been released. He faces some very formidable opponents though in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Betting Markets: Novak Djokovic 9/5, Andy Murray 4/1, Rafael Nadal 11/2, Roger Federer 6/1, Grigor Dimitrov 22/1.

 

The Top 10 ranked women’s singles players this year are:

1 Serena Williams of United States

2 Li Na of China

3 Simona Halep of Romania

4 Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland

5 Maria Sharapova of Russia

6 Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic

7 Jelena Janković of Serbia

8 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus

9 Angelique Kerber of Germany

10 Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia

 

Previous winner of 5 women’s singles at Wimbledon, Serena Williams, will go in the tournament as a firm favourite. This year’s Australian Open winner Li Na and previous winner Maria Sharapova will also threaten.

Betting Markets: Serena Williams 6/4, Maria Sharipova 11/2, Petra Kvitova 14/1, Simona Halep 16/1, Eugenie Bouchard 16/1.

 

The Top 10 ranked male’s doubles players this year are:

1 Bob Bryan (United States) & Mike Bryan (United States)

2 Alexander Peya (Austria) & Bruno Soares (Brazil)

3 Daniel Nestor (Canada) & Nenad Zimonjić (Serbia)

4 Julien Benneteau (France) & Édouard Roger-Vasselin (France)

5 Leander Paes (India) & Radek Štepánek (Czech Republic)

6 Łukasz Kubot (Poland) & Robert Lindstedt (Sweden)

7 Marcel Granollers (Spain) & Marc López (Spain)

8 Rohan Bopanna (India) & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan)

9 Julian Knowle (Austria) & Marcelo Melo (Brazil)

10 Treat Huey (Philippines) & Dominic Inglot (United Kingdom)

 

The legendary Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, will enter this year’s championships rated as the number doubles pair. With 3 previous Wimbledon’s already in the bag, including 2013, they will be the team to watch.

 

The Top 10 ranked women’s doubles players this year are:

1 Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) & Peng Shuai (China)

2 Sara Errani (Italy) & Roberta Vinci (Italy)

3 Květa Peschke (Czech Republic) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slovenia)

4 Cara Black (Zimbabwe) & Sania Mirza (India)

5 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) & Elena Vesnina (Russia)

6 Ashleigh Barty (Australia) & Casey Dellacqua (Australia)

7 Raquel Kops-Jones (United States) & Abigail Spears (United States)

8 Serena Williams (United States) & Venus Williams (United States)

9 Andrea Hlaváčková (Czech Republic) & Zheng Jie (China)

10 Julia Görges (Germany) &  Anna-Lena Grönefeld (Germany)

 

Fast rising duo Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai will be the pair to watch here, and appear to be the standout favourites in the women’s doubles. The Italian pairing of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will be their main opposition here.

 

 

Spread Betting for Newbies

Spread trading,  if you have not heard of it before, is a potentially rewarding and certainly exciting way to bet on the financial markets.  It is considerably different to other forms of betting in that the spread betting company does not want you to lose – they want you to win!

Each time you place a bet you are charged a spread and this how the firm makes a profit – therefore the more you win, the more you bet and the more money they make!

The key therefore is to find the spread trading firm that offers the best price for your chosen market.  Spread can alter dramatically from one business to another and there are often specific markets that companies provide promotional offers on.  Let’s take a look at IG Index, for example, where you can get 0% spreads on many different currency bets.

The concept of spread betting is in fact, very, very straight forward indeed.  Your job is simply to decide on whether the price in a specific market is going to go up or down.  You have a huge number of betting opportunities available to you including the following:

Commodities.  These are typically raw materials including foods, energy (such as oil and gas), metals (such as copper and gold), etc.

Share prices.  You can bet on the price movement of individual shares such as Google, BP and so forth.

Indices.  An Index is a group of shares such as the DAX, FTSE or NASDAQ.  By betting on indices, you are basically betting on the strength of the economy in which the index is based.  If you were to bet on the FTSE 100 improving then you are basically saying that the general market conditions in the UK are going to get better.

Spread betting holds a number of advantages over other types of bet although there are probably an equal number of cons.  It is essential that you are level headed when you embark on it as it can leave those with a fiery temperament with a large hole in their pockets

How to Assess the Spread Betting Market

As with any financial service in life, you will find high numbers of competition and to the novice it can be difficult to decide which one to use.  Well the same goes with the world of spread betting companies where you will find an ever increasing number of companies battling it out to win your business.

There are in fact over twenty main firms offering spread trading services and this number is consistently growing.  When deciding upon which one to use, you might want to consider the following:

-  The speed and quality of their trading platform.  Most trading platforms these days tend to be web based.  In years gone by you had to download software and place trades through it which led to incompatibility issues among other things.  Most online platforms have high speed execution and are highly reliable but some (we won’t name any names) fall way behind the competition.

- Introductory offers and cash back bonuses.  Some spread trading firms offer new clients promotions that entitle them to money back on their losses and in some cases free cash, no questions asked.  A company called Intertrader will in fact give you up to £1000 absolutely free in addition to 10% of the spreads you are charged each month.  This is a highly competitive offer and is certainly worth checking out.

- Spreads.  This is perhaps the most important factor – especially for those of you that are looking to bet long term and open a high number of positions.  The spread is the difference between the buy and the sell price and is how the spread betting firms makes its money.  By finding the company offering the best spreads, you are saving yourself money on each and every trade you place which can build up to be quite a considerable sum of money over a long period of time.

The best bit of advice we can give you is to sign up for trial spread betting accounts with the top ten spread betting companies.  This will allow you to research each one in turn until you find the one you are most happy with.  Demo accounts are free so you literally have nothing to lose.

The Best Free Sports Bets On the Market

There is an abundance of options available for anyone looking to place a sports bet with nearly one hundred reputable bookmakers being on the market.  Due to the high levels of competition, these sports books tend to offer new clients introductory offers to entice them in, hoping that they will continue to bet and lose big money.

Many people that don’t normally bet take advantage of these free offers by signing up with each of the sports books, receiving the free bet and never using them again.

What are the best free sports on the market at the moment?  The first thing we need to look at is what a good free bet is.  Casinos offer high value free bets but as you will probably know, restrict people heavily with what they can do.  Most bookies don’t have these massive wagering requirements although it must be remembered that some do.

Another thing to look out for is the minimum odds the free sports bet must be placed at to qualify.  The typical odds are evens but sometimes you must place the first bet at 2 or 3/1 to be eligible.  Always check the small print because if you are betting on a really short market then it might not qualify for the free money.

Our advice is always to check the small print.  CFD Trading can be quite sneaky by inserting specific rules into their terms and conditions.  For example, up until recently, Titan bet required that its members turned over their deposit 10 times before being allowed to withdraw their money back onto their card. This is of course rather unethical which is why it is sometimes better to stick to the big boys that have huge reputations that need looking after.

Anyway, to answer the question, the best free sports bets at the moment is available through William Hill and is worth up to £100.