Before the internet age you could walk into a betting shop and place a wager on a very limited number of sports. Perhaps you would place a football bet or back a horse or greyhound, you might go left-field and back a rugby team or a snooker player, but in general your options we’re restricted.
The rise of online betting has changed all of this. Now you can simply log into a betting site and within a click or two you can bet on tens of different sports you would never have thought of before, some you may not of even heard of. Within these sports you can also bet on up to hundreds of different markets too, but how do you know how to bet, where to bet, or what to back?
This is why we’ve created a sports betting guide section for BettingWebsites.org.uk where you can find everything you need to know about a sport before you bet on it.
We are a UK website and so the sports we’ve listed on this page are those that would be more unknown to a British audience. We haven’t covered the traditional sports like football, horse racing, rugby, tennis, snooker, darts, etc., as there are a million guides out there on how to bet on them. Rather here we are trying to give you insight into those 20 or 30 bookmaker markets you might not have a clue about.
Even if you do know a little bit about some of the sports on this page our comprehensive guides will still be useful to you as we cover each sport in great depth.
If you fancy branching out and backing a Futsal team, a chess game, handball match, Aussie Rules, lawn bowls, etc., then we’ve got you covered. There is no reason to just place a random wager for the sake of it, if you fancy trying your luck on some more obscure sports then it helps to brush up on the basics first.
In our sports guides you will find everything you need from how the games are played, major competitions, history, trivia and facts and most importantly how to actually bet on them.
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Is there a game as popular in one country that struggles to garner the same attention anywhere else as much as American football? It was borne out of rugby, with a slight rule change designed to give it its own spin. It’s also still a relatively young sport, with the ball used in today’s matches only introduced in 1934.
The Super Bowl, which is the event that even the least sporty of people will likely know the name of, started being played in 1966 when the winners of the American Football League and the National Football League went head-to-head to decide who was the best.
The aim of Aussie Rules Football is to score more goals than the opposition, but once you move past that the rules become a tad more complex. As an example, pitches that are used for Aussie Rules games don’t have an specific dimensions that must be adhered to, meaning that the game is often played in the likes of cricket grounds and other areas with an oval pitch.
The game began to take on real significance with the formation of the Victorian Football League in 1896.
To many, badminton is seen as something of a less demanding racquet sport than the likes of tennis because of the floaty nature of it. That would be hugely unfair to its players, however, with the sport demanding immense fitness of its competitors.
References to a sport similar in nature to modern day badminton can be found as long ago as 1863, with the sport’s official rules being drawn up 10 years later. In its essence, it is a game that sees either 2 or 4 competitors go head-to-head to win points by hitting a shuttlecock across a net and into the outlines of a court.
There can’t be many sports that are predominantly loved by one country and under-appreciated practically everywhere else despite having a final called the ‘World Series’, yet that’s what you’d have to admit is the case with baseball.
America’s national sport involves two teams with rosters of 25 each go head-to-head over 9 innings, with more being available in the case of a tie. The first game that lovers of the sport nowadays would be able to recognise as having similarities to it took place in June, 1846.
Few games are as thrilling, end-to-end and full of entertainment as basketball, with the fun of the sport heightened by the fact that it can all come down to what happens in the final few minutes of play.
There are 5 players in each team with another 8 available off the bench as the match wears on and the idea is to score more points than your opponent during the 4 quarters of 12 minutes each. Thanks to breaks, time-outs and other moments during the games, they tend to last closer to 2 hours.
How many sports are as quintessentially English as lawn bowls? Walk around almost any park in Britain and you’ll see the well manicured grass and curious gulley that makes up the pitch on which the game is played. The Southampton Old Bowling Green dates back to 1299, giving you some indication of just how long this has been an English pastime.
Players take it in turns to roll their balls at a jack elsewhere on the green, earning a point each time the bowl ends up closer to the jack than one of their opponents. That, in essence, is it; though obviously the sport’s proponents would tell you there’s far more to it than that.
Beach soccer is a variation of the world’s most popular sport, association football. If there is a surface you could possibly kick a ball on then there will be a variation of the sport to go with it. In another century I’m sure there will be a world cup of moon football.
Though it first began to be played competitively in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the rules of the game were formally codified. Beach Soccer Worldwide is the main organising body, with FIFA having taken over the running of the main tournament in 2005. Unsurprisingly, Brazil are the sport’s most successful team, though random nations like Iran are also competitive>
Chess is one of the oldest and most challenging games around, it has been around in various guises for over 1500 years and is still revered as one of the most intellectual pursuits there is.
It differs itself from the majority of sports because it one that is about mental prowess more than physical. Football might be a sport where tactics are talked of, but a football match can be won because of physicality as much as anything else. The same cannot be said of chess, which requires players to be focussed throughout. Developed in India, it has grown and changed since then to become a series of fascinating encounters.
With so much strategy involved it can be difficult to predict, but if you like to bet on the sport of Chess make sure you know what you are doing and where the best places to wager are.
Curling comes from the same family of sports as the likes of boules and lawn bowling, with a target at one end and a thing to try to hit it with being sent from the other.
The major differences are that this is played on ice, with large granite stones being the things that are being delivered at the target, whilst people with brooms run alongside them and try to steer the direction that they go in and stop them from over-shooting or under-shooting their mark.
Futsal is essentially a small version of five-a-side, but played with very specific rules that make it a fast and frenetic sport to watch and play. Having started life in Uruguay and on the streets of Brazil, it has since gone on to be the only version of five-a-side officially approved by FIFA.
As well as South America the sport is popular also in parts of Europe, Russia and Japan. Punters enjoy its high-scoring nature and the fact that it is relatively new, making it fun to bet on.