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Introducing online betting

The idea of betting on sports has been around for many years. Football is the most popular game in the world and in recent decades it has also become the number one choice for sports bettors. No matter what your style of betting, football offers you the chance to make a profit, with dozens of matches playing every day all over the world and a bewildering array of markets in which to bet. Even the most successful sports betting enthusiasts need to brush up their skills from time to time and, for the rest of us, it also helps to be reminded of the essentials. So here you can learn more about betting strategies.

Odds and probabilities

Understand how to read and calculate odds and probabilities is obviously requirement number one for any bettor. When it comes to football betting, you may encounter decimal, fractional or US odds, depending on your preference and which particular market you are betting in, but they all just different ways of expressing the same probability or percentage. For example, fractional odds of 2/1 and decimal odds of 3.0 both represent a 33.33% chance or a probability of .33. For the successful sports bettor, switching between different forms of odds, percentages and probabilities becomes second nature.

Betting on Big Events

The bigger the sports event the more interest, excitement and media attention on the action. And the more betting markets we have available here at Mr Green to turn your opinions into winning bets. And few events come any bigger than Russia 2018 and the Olympics.

Russia 2018

The biggest prize in world football is up for grabs this summer in Russia. Football’s international elite will all be desperate to win it and call themselves world champions, or at the very least give it their best shot and get as far as they can.

There are two main ways of carrying out your football betting on the Football World Championship. The first is to do all your research – there’s some useful content about it on these very pages on the Mr Green website – before a ball has been kicked in anger and play the tournament markets. Such as who will win Russia 2018, who will be the top goal scorer, which team will win each of the eight groups or which side will score the most goals throughout the tournament. Possible spoiler alert: Germany or Belgium are two to consider for this last one.

The other way is to bet on individual matches. Remember your football betting can be done both pre-match and during the match with live betting. Pick the match winner, whether it will have over/under 2.5 goals, the correct score, chance the different Asian Handicap markets or for something a bit more exotic, consider the specials markets.

Olympics

Arguably the biggest event in the world of sport. No other has more competitors from more countries taking part in so many different sports in the same place and at the same time. Think of the sports people who have become world superstars and household names on the back of Olympic success: Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Nadia Comaneci, Allyson Felix, Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis. To name but a few.

There are plenty of great things about betting on the summer version of the Olympics. There’s the round-the-clock TV coverage that allows you to see the athletes and teams you’ve backed in action. There’s the sheer amount of different events you can bet on. From the more mainstream ones like football, tennis, golf, athletics and basketball to the ones you only really see have so much attention paid to when the Olympics come around. Such as gymnastics, swimming, archery, rowing and canoeing.

And that’s just the summer Olympics. Remember that the winter Olympics also take place every four years, meaning you only ever have to wait two years till one or the other comes around. When the winter format comes along it’s time to turn your attention to the likes of bobsleigh, figure skating, curling and biathlon. Which by the way, is a great sport to bet on in terms of Live betting.

Whatever big sporting event is on, Mr Green is the place to be betting on it with our highly-competitive odds and huge variety of markets. Even more so now that Sportsbook 2.0 is available.

 

Multi betting

At one time some bookmakers only allowed bettors to back the outcome of multiple football matches and not single games. Those days are over, but the multiple bet, in which the profit from the first bet is staked on the second bet and so on, still have a place in the sports bettors armoury. In fact, a multiple bet is your quickest way to turn a small stake into a big win, so its ideal if your betting bank is small. The downside of multiple betting is that the combined odds of winning are often long and don’t always represent value, but as long as you understand the risks involved, a multiple bet is often a good option.

Other betting markets

Asian Handicap

Traditional football match betting markets offer three options: home win, away win and draw, but Asian Handicap betting does away with the draw altogether by focusing on the difference between the two teams, theoretically balancing out the stronger team’s advantage. There are many different kinds of Asian Handicap, ranging from a quarter goal handicap to a 1 ½ goal handicap, but they all operate on the same principle, and typically operate to smaller bookmaker margins, making them an option worth considering for all sports bettors.

European Handicap

The European Handicap is not widely known, but is an interesting option, which lies somewhere between the Asian Handicap and the standard Match Betting market. In a European Handicap, one team is quoted as superior to another by a certain number of goals, but unlike the Asian Handicap, the goals are not quoted in fractions, which means that the draw is still an option. The European Handicap can often be a good way to back favourites to win big or to side with underdogs to do better than the market expects.

Flexi betting

A flexi bet allows you to bet a percentage of a betting unit, rather than the full cost of the standard bet. This is usually available in exotic combination bets and markets which operate a pari-mutuel pool in which the total betting pool is split between all winning bets. Like multiple betting, flexi betting is ideal for speculative bets or for those with smaller betting banks.

Spread betting

Sports spread betting is a radically different form of betting to the standard fixed odds model. In a spread bet, a bettor backs higher or lower than the stated spread on a particular market and sets a stake per point. In theory, wins in spread betting can be unlimited, but so can risks, which means that can be a risky way of betting if you are not fully aware of the potential losses. For those who do their homework, however, spread betting, which is often available in-play, can be an exciting and lucrative method of profiting from their sports knowledge.

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Live betting

At one time, bookmakers would only take bets before a match had kicked off, but in recent years, the concept of live betting or betting-in-play as it is sometimes known has really taken off and now all good bookmakers offer live betting markets. Betting in-play is one of the most exciting ways to bet, and successful in-play bettors will closely follow the live match, responding rapidly to changing events and to fluctuating prices. Quick-thinking and clear decision making are the hallmarks of the successful live betting punter.

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Practical advice

Bookmaking may have changed beyond all recognition in recent years, but some things remain the same, and there are certain golden rules that the soccer bettor abandons at their peril. Win, lose or draw, you should always keep a note of your bets, to build up a record that will help you to analyse your own strengths and weaknesses. A level staking plan is the best way to go about your betting, reducing risk and ensuring consistency, and then there is, perhaps the most important golden rule of all: never bet what you cannot afford to lose.

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Deposit Bonus

The modern betting market is highly competitive, and this is great news for bettors, as you will find bookmakers offering all kinds of bonuses to attract new customers. One of the most popular is the Deposit Bonus, in which a bookmaker matches your first deposit with them. Open a new account with a bookmaker via their website and you usually receive a promotional code, which you can then enter at the time of your first deposit to collect your bonus. Mr Green’s deposit bonus is a great way to increase your betting bank.

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Free Bets

Another common bonus awarded by bookmakers is the free bet. These are second only to Deposit Bonuses in popularity among bettors, but unlike the Deposit Bonus, a free bet can be given out at any time, and allows you to effectively have a risk-free bet. There are usually conditions attached to this bonus, such as a limit on the size of the free bet, but a free bet with Mr Green can give you valuable extra ammunition in the battle for profit.

Sports Betting: Practical Advice to improve your betting