Yesterday….. We started talking about the 7 overlooked ways to beat the bookies, here’s the continuation as promised.
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5. Consider the less obvious markets
Again, once you’ve done enough research, you should know you’re sport well enough to find better value in the hundreds of other markets the bookies offer.
It is arguably a way for the bookies just to provide you with more ways to lose but you can find the good prices if you look hard enough.
For example, you might not feel safe putting Leicester City to beat Man City in your accumulator.
They’re higher than them in the league but does that mean they’re a stronger team? That’s for the football pages to discuss.
But just a minimal amount of research shows that Jamie Vardy is the league’s top scorer. So betting on him to score anytime is as safe as bets come. And at 2.40, it’s not bad value either.
6. Make sure you understand the markets
While we’re on the subject of the less obvious markets, if you do pick an obscure one, make sure to check the terms with the betting shop staff.
A common mistake is the half time/full time bet vs to win both halves. If you put a HT/FT bet on, your team simply has to be winning at half time and then win the match.
If you back your team to win both halves, you are betting on them to win the first half and the second half separately. The team must score more goals than the opposition in both halves for you to win your bet.
It’s a subtle difference but frustrating for punters who come looking to collect winnings when they’re team was leading 2-1 at half time and won the match 2-1. The second-half score must have been 0-0 and so the bet goes down.
7. Don’t bet with your heart
You might really want your team to win. You want it so badly you even start to convince yourself it’s possible. Before you know it, you believe it so much that you’ve put your money on it.
And 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 the other markets. They probably won’t beat the table leaders but could they get a goal? Result and both teams to score could be a more sensible bet.
If there was an unbeatable formula, bookies would soon go out of business and we’d all be millionaires.
Everyone will have good days and bad days but follow these tips and you should soon be able to spot the best value bets available and hopefully reap the rewards!
Just remember only bet what you can afford to lose, never chase your losses and if the fun stops, stop!
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