Soccer is without doubt the world’s most popular game. It’s most popular teams enjoy global support that stretches around the world and as such, betting on top games is one of the most popular forms of online betting in operation today. A relatively recent addition to this has been the advent of live betting while soccer matches are in play. This ‘in-play’ betting allows fans and viewers to make bets as events unfold within the games and has proven hugely popular. Many bookmakers are now actively pushing their bet in play services through their advertising and equally, fans and punters are rushing to try out this exciting and immediate form of betting.
So with that in mind, we are going to list CasinoLiveBet’s 7 Winning Golden Rules for Live Betting on Football that we hope our readers will find useful, informative and ultimately, profitable!
1. Bet with your head, not your heart.
If your team is playing in a crucial live game, then it is tempting to back up your faith in them with a nice hefty bet on them winning! While, if your team are solid favourites, is not necessarily a bad idea, to be a profitable gambler then golden rule number one is to bet with your head, not your heart. Try to view the game objectively; does your team really have a chance of guaranteed success if they are playing one of the top teams, or are you allowing your love for your team overrule your analysis of the game? By all means support your team, but when it comes to betting, try to retain a clear and impartial focus on the markets and odds, regardless of who is playing!
2. Keep your bets simple and easy to follow.
Novices can quickly get drawn into the promise of making a lot of money, for a small initial outlay, by making a form of accumulator bets. While the likelihood of you selecting the winner of a game is no worse than one in three (a game can end only in victory for one of the two teams, or a draw), the chances of picking the winner, correct score and the final goalscorer are far smaller. As such, keep your bets simple, it is much easier to judge them objectively and it is also easier to follow their progress as you watch the game!
3. Follow the game closely to make informed bets.
One of the biggest attractions of a soccer game is that it ebbs and flows and what seemed like a poor bet ten minutes ago, can suddenly look an enticing proposition. You will only notice these subtle changes however if you play close attention to the game. Did you spot a player avoiding being booked for two rash tackles, but looking likely to make a third? Then that bet on him being the next player booked may look far more enticing now than it did at the start of the game.
4. Follow the live betting markets closely and act quickly.
While it is tempting to think that live betting offers you the opportunity to make money at the expense of the bookmakers, the software and experts they use to control the markets they offer is equally subtle and advanced. You won’t be able to “cheat” the system, but you can follow the markets to discover where the value is. If a game opens up with a few goals and the likelihood of more to follow, find out a good value market for it. If it opens up with a few nasty tackles and a couple of bookings, then the total bookings market may offer value too.
5. Use your background knowledge to help you.
As with most things in life, knowledge is always a huge advantage. If you know a little (or a lot!) about the teams and players playing in the live game, then you can use this information to make informed bets. What are the likelihood of certain players scoring or being booked? Defenders usually don’t score, but if your team is playing against an opponent that concedes a lot of penalties and your left-back takes the penalty kicks, is he worth a flutter on for being the first goalscorer? You can only make bets like this if you have good knowledge about the game and the players, so take time to swot up!
6. If your lose, don’t chase your losses – evaluate them.
Some you win, some you lose, but when you are losing more than you win, don’t be tempted to spend extra money trying to recoup losses. You should only ever bet with money you can afford to lose, so accept it and put your losses down to experience. Analyse why things went wrong so you can make better choices in your next betting session. Often, upon reflection, you can identify why you made a poor selection and what caused it and then use this information to avoid the same mistakes next time.
7. Always have your smartphone, tablet or laptop ready.
Of course, if you are going to indulge in a little live betting, then you need to have access to the Internet available with you, whether you are at home, in a bar or even at the game itself. Remember to have your laptop to hand, your smartphone or tablet PC charged up and ready to go beforehand and log in a few minutes before the game starts to check out the early markets and do a little pre-game research!
Live betting on football matches is certainly one of the easiest and most popular ways to gamble and with the advent of tablet PC’s and smartphone technology, it is a form of betting that can be completed wherever you are, even if you are at the match itself. It is because of this great flexibility and accessibility that live betting will be one of the most popular forms of betting throughout the coming decade and beyond.