The explosion of online betting over the last generation has resulted in a whole suite of new features, bet types, systems and strategies. If you try to use a new tool such as cash out or you want to try out a more complex bet such as a full cover Lucky 15 it really does help to understand the principles first before you risk your own funds.
In this section we cover several major types of guide, those relating to bet types and how to bet and those relating to betting tools such as live betting, streaming and cash out and guides to do with common betting rules and terms. We tell you how to use new bets and features but we also discuss the best strategies to use to get the best out of your wagers.
Betting Tools and Features
Cash Out is a great new tool now provided by the majority of our recommended bookies. Used sensibly the feature can add to your winnings but used foolishly the service can reduce your payouts. Read about how cash out and partial cash out work and how to get the best out of it.
The gambling world has changed in the last ten years with more and more wagers now placed live during play. The number of markets and features has exploded and its not just for football either, you can bet in play on virtually anything now, but should you? Read our live betting guide for information and advice.
The rise of live betting and live streaming goes hand in hand and this is fantastic for punters. Not only are we able to watch action from tons of sports around the world (usually for free) we are also able to make more informed wagers based on what we see live. Our guide tells you what you can watch and where.
The lines between betting on desktop and through your mobile have become very blurred. If you are unsure which is the best way for you to place your wagers read our guide which will give you advice on how betting on your mobile differs from desktop. We also talk about the various advantages and disadvantages of mobile gambling.
Some people only ever back a winner whereas others nearly always take the each way option to increase the chances of getting a return. When is it a good time to place an each way bet? What sports can you place each way bets on? how much do you get back if your selection wins or places? See our each way betting guide.
Ante-Post bets basically covers any bet placed a certain amount of time before an event starts. For most sports this is 24 hours but for horse racing it is usually after 9am on the day of the race. Find out about ante post and whether it is worth taking early prices or better to wait until closer to the event start time.
Full cover bets such as the Lucky 15 do exactly what they say on the tin, they cover all possible combinations for a given number of selections. This means you will always get a return whether all or just one of your selections win. These bets are however packages of single bets meaning you need to make multiple stakes.
Handicap bets are most commonly placed on markets where there is a big difference in odds between selections. The handicap serves to bring prices into a more reasonable range in exchange for a positive or negative handicap. Sometimes referred to as point spread more commonly in US markets.
Accumulator bets can be tempting with potentially huge payouts for small stakes, but they might also be a little daunting to the uninitiated. Read this simple breakdown of what they are and how to use them to get the best results.
Common Betting Terms
What happens when there is a dead heat? This occurs more commonly than you think and applies to any sport where scenarios occur where places cannot be separated such as horse racing, golf, football, rugby, etc, etc. Make sure you know what will happen to you bet or offer if it happens to you.
Banking & Payments
If you have ever tried to top up your online betting account using your American Express card you will already have come up against a bit of a problem – nowhere accepts them. This can be irritating unless you know the reasons behind it, so have a quick read of this and get clued up. You might just decide you are better off keeping it in your wallet.
You were trying to put a tenner on the footy at the same time as arguing with your other half and you look away from your screen at just the wrong time and, uh-oh, accidental £100 wager placed. Quick! Read this article before your other half cottons on to what you’ve done and see what, if anything, you can do.