Articles

articles-imgWhether you are looking for the best strategy to bet with or you simply want to understand how betting sites and casinos work, explore our sports, casino and general articles in this section.

We cover everything from horse racing grades to random number generators, from full cover bets to progressive jackpots.

Whatever your questions or interests we’ve got your back at BettingWebsites.org.uk.

Sports Articles

sportsWe’ve broken down our sports articles into three categories to help you find the information you need.  In betting guides you will find everything you need to know about betting in general, including how various bet types work, how to use live betting, cash out, how odds are calculated, etc.  The football and horse racing sections are fairly self-explanatory, here you will find articles on specific bet types and offers, as well as how to bet on the various markets available in each.

Football

A typical top level football match now comes with literally hundreds of pre-match and in play markets. No matter how much experience you have betting on the footy there are always new bet types, strategies and features to be aware of that could add value to your wagers.

Our football articles will help you get the best out of your betting, whether that’s both teams to score strategies or how to effectively bet on goalscorer markets, etc.

Horse Racing

Horse racing is the oldest sport for betting on and was originality known as the sport of kings for its popularity among the elite. In the modern day, however, racing is enjoyed year round by people from all walks of life, with many prestigious races, great offers, and top markets from bookmakers.

For the uninitiated, however, betting on racing can seem a little daunting; history is a great thing but it means the sport has maintained some rather antiquated terminologies and features. In our horse racing articles, you will find information on the basics such as racing grades, what is rule 4, how to bet on horse racing and much more.

Betting Guides

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If you want to know what cash out is or how to use it, or you don’t know what a handicap or full cover bet is then you’ve come to the right place. Our betting guides contain all the need to know information that will not only help you get the most out of your betting but will also help you to expand your repertoire.

This section also contains details of common rules and features that are essential in making sure you place the right bets, whether that be how to use betting tools or when to best place your bets. Being in the know and getting the right information is often the best way to win.

Casino Articles

casinoOnline casinos are not very different from their land based cousins, the games, odds and requirements are ultimately the same but there are many differences in how you play and particularly in how to get the best out of playing casino online.  We’ve split our casino guide section into two major areas, a general guide to how to play casino and a separate guide to casino software.

Casino Guides

Our casino guide page covers everything from the very basics of how to play classic games right up to detailed guides on how number generators work, what a progressive jackpot is, how to deal with game errors, casino bonuses explained, and everything in between.

These articles apply to both land based and online casinos and discuss features relevant to both. Understanding how casinos work will help you to hopefully win more often, and have fun in the process, of course.

Casino Software

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Most casino games are not run by the casinos themselves, rather it is the software provider that develops and delivers the game; the casino is largely acting as a host. Therefore, if you want to play specific games you need to do so with a casino site that hosts the right software.

Some casinos have games from just a single software provider whereas others can host twenty or more. Some even develop their own exclusive titles. See our software page for guides on the various providers and what to expect from them.

Poker Articles

Poker AcesPoker is a game of skill, or so they say.  Of course, luck plays a massive part in the ability to win any given game but over time it is the skilful players that do the best.  Assuming you are playing against other people poker is the one gambling game where you can stack the odds in your favour if you play well enough.  The more you know about the value of your hand in relation to others, and the mistakes that other people commonly make, the better you can do in the long run.

Poker Guides

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In this section you can find guides to poker, but rather than just the basic ‘how to play’ type guides you get everywhere, here we focus on the elements that can make a difference to success in the long run. Things like how implied odds work, how opportunity cost impacts how you should play, the impact of poker bots online, human factors that influence decision making, and more.

If you want to play poker for more than just entertainment and you want to win regularly then you have to have an edge over other players. Hopefully these pages may help you find and exploit those edges.

General Betting Articles

Betting Systems

There are no foolproof ways to earn money whether betting in casino or on sports. Over the centuries many ‘systems’ have been invented (and reinvented) from the famous Martingale double up system to more intricate sequence bases systems.

Ultimately though, there is no way to use these and win with certainty – if there were the bookies would go bust!

Responsible Gambling And Self Exclusion

Gamble Responsibly

Gambling is fun but it is also addictive and it can often be hard to know when, or how to stop. We only cover UK licensed bookmakers and casinos, and by law they must promote responsible gambling and self-exclusion.

Find out more about these tools here.

Biggest Betting Companies in the UK

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Before online betting came to dominate gambling it was easy to tell who the biggest betting companies were, you just had to look down any high street where you would see names like William Hill and Coral. Things have now changed and these days most of the biggest betting companies are mega-gambling groups where brands have merged to create multi-billion global powerhouses. We look at the biggest gambling companies in the UK and the world and how they got to be where they are.

Luckiest People

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There are lucky people and then there are super lucky people, such as those that have won the lottery jackpot more than once or who have had an unbelievable streak of consecutive wins.

The question is are these people just the outliers on the graph or is there something to being very lucky?

Longest Running Bets

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A lot of people will bet on things that may happen in the next year or so, such as a horse to win the Grand National or a team to win the league. Here we are talking about bets placed long into the future.

We look at bets people placed in the past that took a long time to settle, in some instances after the bettor had dies, and bets placed now that will not settle for a long time.

The Contribution of Gambling to the UK Economy

Saving Your Money

Gambling has an uneasy relationship with the UK, on one hand Britain is a nation of gamblers and we have huge freedoms to bet as we wish but at the same time gambling can be addictive and cause harm. The fact is some of the biggest betting companies in the world come from the UK and this means it contributes a lot to the economy, both directly in tax and jobs and indirectly through sponsorship and donations.

Taking Betting Companies to Court

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Gambling is a leisure activity for most, a space to enjoy yourself and possibly realise a dream if you are lucky enough to win big. Inevitably though things can go wrong and this can lead to disagreements between betting companies and customers, which if serious enough can lead to court action.

Here we look at what leads to someone taking a gambling company to court with examples of cases that have gone for and against players.

The Decline Of Greyhound Racing

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Greyhound racing was once one of the favoured pass times for people, it peaked in popularity after the second world war in a time when there were no betting shops and betting at a track was one of the only options. Unlike horse racing, dog tracks were generally in cities and appealed most to the working classes, with meetings held in the evenings to allow people to attend.

Legalising betting shops was responsible for the initial decline as people could now bet on other things, there was recovery in the 1970’s and 1980’s but this was short lived due to the invention of the internet and online betting.

What Was The First Betting Shop In The UK?

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While gambling has been going on in the UK for centuries the 1845 Gaming Act and subsequent legislation made bookmaking largely illegal. This created a massive underground black market in the UK that couldn’t be ignored.

Changes were planned by WWII got in the way. It then took until 1960 for new legislation to be passed that legalised off-course gambling. This came into effect in 1961 and literally thousands of betting shops opened in the course of one year. We look at who were the first and why.

Sports With The Most Match Fixing

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We all know that match fixing still goes on at some level, it is estimated that up to 1 in every 100 bets can be linked to some form of suspicious activity. It is certainly harder these days to get away with it, especially online where every account and wager can be tracked by people and software.

We look at the sports where match fixing is more common than others. Predominantly these are sports contested by individuals rather than teams for obvious reasons.

Why Is Trading Not Classed as Gambling?

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It is quite puzzling as to why trading in stocks, shares, currency markets, etc., is classed differently to gambling. After-all both involve speculating and taking risks on a result, in gambling that might be the score of a game and in trading that might be whether stocks go up or down.

We look at why trading is classed differently to gambling and ask why some countries that have banned gambling are happy to allow people to trade.

Gambling Addiction In Poorer Communities

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It doesn’t take a genius to work out that people will less to lose are liable to suffer more from gambling addiction. This, however, oversimplifies the debate and the stark reality is many studies have shown that more disadvantaged communities and people suffer from gambling problems in a disproportionate way for many reason.

Here we explore why addiction is more prevalent in deprived locations and whether there is a solution to the problem.

When Do People Bet and Play Games the Most?

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There is a natural tendency for people to place sports bets at different times depending on when events are on but by and large most gaming sessions are conducted in the evenings. This is mainly because gaming takes more time than betting and therefore people have to wait until they have time and space to play.

Still, it is interesting how those who bet more at unsavory times are also the ones that have more potential to be addicted.

Is Gambling Part Of Human Nature?

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The act of gambling is specific to risking money on an outcome but in reality everyone takes risks every day of their lives, whether that may be driving 40mph in a 30mph zone or choosing to drink or smoke.

Taking risks is therefore very much part of animal and therefore human nature. The question is, is gambling for money something that is innate to people or is it something that has been imposed on us? We look at the question from both stand points.

Betting Psychology

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Even the most intelligent and rational people are prone to inherent bias or human tenancies that can cloud their objective judgement. This is very important when gambling as misunderstanding probabilities or assigning patterns where none exist can lead to people losing more.

In this section we look at various psychological factors that can influence people when they place sports bets or play games, we look at how operators exploit these and how you can spot these biases to make more rational decisions around betting.

How Quantum Computing Could Affect Gambling

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You may have heard that we are getting to the limits of how small we can make conventional computer chips, which is hampering computers getting faster. We have become used to processing power doubling roughly every decade but that may no longer be the case.

Instead some clever people have come up with the idea of the Quantum Computer, which could be up to 100 million times faster than a standard machine. This could have a staggering impact on how financial markets and gambling works. If you want to discover more have a read, we have dulled down the science to make it understandable, don’t worry.

Female Pioneers In Sport

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Things have started to change when it comes to equality between men and women in sport but let’s face it the battle has only just begun and there is a long way to go. We wouldn’t, however, even have the female sports we do now if it were not for a series of dedicated pioneers who refused to let their sex get in the way of success.

Here we look at the women that have made a serious difference in a range of sports in helping to bring women onto level terms.

What Are The Punishments for Gambling Crimes?

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Gambling has been used for criminal purposes for as long as it has existed, for a long time it was the main source of income for the Mafia in the US, for example. Most gambling crime is fairly low level but that doesn’t mean you can’t be punished if you or an operator breaks the law.

Here we look not only at common gambling crimes but what can actually happen to people who commit those crimes along with the laws and rules behind it.