What is a Circled Game Mean in a Sports Betting Event?

Visitors to Las Vegas or online sportsbooks may come across some games on the betting board that will have special rules attached in the betting. Such games will be circled on the betting board. A red box means that the line is “circled” and subject to reduced betting limits.

Often time’s sportsbooks will circle games on the betting board due to injuries to impact players. NFL teams competing on Sunday’s must submit their injury reports on Friday and provide updates on Saturday. In recent years the NFL adopted a rule forcing teams to disclose on Wednesday through Friday who missed practice and who had limited work during practice. The best practice for sports betting professionals would be to browse individual team websites that post the injury and practice information about the health of their players.

The injury reports have been very accurate in recent years because the NFL wants to protect the integrity of the league because inside information on injuries could be exploited. So teams have been very forthcoming about the health of their players. Injuries to impact players like the starting quarterback, running back and impact wide receivers will cause Las Vegas and online sportsbook to circle the game on the sports betting board until their status come game time is determined. Sharp sports bettors follow the best practice of shopping individual sports books to shop for the odds that are best set on the side they want to bet on.

Sometimes Las Vegas or online sportsbooks may miss important injury information on teams and a smart bettor may bet into a good betting number that favors the bettor. Professional gamblers look for knee, foot and ankle injuries to running backs. A running back who is not 100% healthy and playing with ankle, foot or knee injuries will see their average yards per carry often fall well below their average. This puts the offense in second and third and long situations or what is known as obvious passing situations. Defenses who know the pass is coming can adjust into pass coverage creating less space for the wide receivers to run routes making a pass completion by the quarterback much more difficult which raises the possibility of a turnover. With a capable back up running back it is often better for a team to not play a running back that sports ankle, knee or foot injuries. Many professional sports bettors will look to play against a team who is starting an impact running back who is playing with an ankle, foot or knee injury.

If inclement weather is forecasted for the site of an outdoor game a sportsbook will circle the game and bettors will have betting limits reduced on the game up until about an hour until game time. Wind can factor greatly in the passing game and the best practice for professional sports bettors will look to play under in college and pro football if the betting line has not already been bet down. There are times when the professional has the inclement weather information before the Las Vegas or online sportsbook and this is a scenario when they make advantage bets.

Many sports bettors will find NBA games circled on the Las Vegas or online sports betting board. Often times an NBA team will report a mild ailment from a player in their rotation and list them as questionable or doubtful. Smart betting professionals will tune into NBA team’s pregame show 30 minutes prior to the start of the game to get specific injury information about teams impact players on their rotation. In the NBA if an impact player is lost to injury the replacement player will often step up and the team will have point spread success in the first game the team plays without their impact player in the lineup.

A line may be circled when factors other than game play (e.g., injuries or weather conditions) could affect the outcome of the game. As many bookmakers don’t have enough information on the game and can’t accurately balance the action as it comes in, circled lines can’t be added to a parlay. Some online or Las Vegas sportsbooks may have too much action on one side of the game and even with a line move they cant attract action on the other team. Most sportsbook business models are set to attempt to balance trade on all games and protect their bottom line. Most sportsbooks try to attempt to have all of their lines un-circled. The red box may be removed closer to the start of the game.

Mechanical Sports Betting System

If you read any book about sports betting or any kind of article about sports betting, what will you learn? Bet the underdogs! Every book, website, tout, service, you name it, are always telling you to bet the dogs. If everyone is betting the dogs, are the odds for favourites too high?

European football leagues are starting soon and to prepare myself for them, I did a small study using the data from the last two seasons from Premier League, Bundesleague, Serie A and La Liga Primera.

Premier League

Dogs 760 / 542 / 0.71 / -21.8k

Fav. 760 / 728 / 0.96 / -3.2k

Bundesleague

Dogs 612 / 578 / 0.94 / -3.4k

Fav. 612 / 563 / 0.92 / -4.9k

Serie A

Dogs 760 / 551 / 0.73 / -20.9k

Fav. 760 / 717 / 0.94 / -4.3k

La Liga Premier

Dogs 760 / 748 / 0.98 / -1.2k

Fav. 760 / 704 / 0.93 / -5.6k

How do you read that table? Let’s take Premier League for example. In the past 2 seasons you have had 760 games. If you had played every dog, your total odds would have been 542 (btw, I am using the European style odds, 1.35 etc.), return 0.71 (542/760) and for a $100 bet on every dog, you would have lost $21800.

What is interesting is that playing the favourites is a much better tactic in general, IF(!) you play every game. Only in Spain, your best tactic is to play every dog and almost break even.

Well, nobody plays every game. That would be insane. The question now is: can we use some very simple methods to find an edge from either the dogs or the favourites? I know for a fact that you can find an edge using sophisticated probability models and shopping for the best odds BUT for this article we would like to find simple methods for the average punter, who likes to bet for fun and TV-games, and not just for profit.

How about playing only home dogs, home favourites, away dogs, away favourites?

Premier League Bundesleague Serie A La Liga Premier

home fav 0.98 0.91 0.94 0.93

home dogs 0.84 0.94 0.77 1.03

away fav 0.91 0.96 0.95 0.93

away dogs 0.66 0.94 0.71 0.97

home fav 1.55 0.98 0.91 0.90 0.92

away fav 1.55 0.85 0.95 0.95 0.92

Home dogs in La Liga, home favourites under 1.55 in Serie A and away favourites under 1.55 in Premier- and Bundesleague and Serie A would have been a winning bet. Other possible good bets were home favourites in general in Premier, away fav 1.55 1.02 0.95 0.95 0.96

away fav 1.55 0.89 0.99 0.99 0.96

So, in Premier League, play every home favourite and big away favourite, dogs in Bundesleague and big away favourites, big favourites in Serie A and dogs and big away favourites in Spain, and pick the highest odd possible, and you will be just fine!

In the future I will go through more powerful, mathematical methods for finding an overlay in sports betting.

Betting Odds, Implied Probability And Beating The Closing Line

Using a random line at a Las Vegas casino sportsbook for a mythical Yankees/Royals game, we see New York offered at -220 and Kansas City at +206 and from those betting lines, we can calculate the implied probability each team has of winning that particular game.

To calculate the implied probability of winning for a favorite (where the odds are negative), take the absolute value of the odds and divide that by the absolute value of the odds plus 100. For the New York Yankees, the implied probability of winning is:

220 / (220 + 100) = 220 / 320 = 0.6875 = 68.75%

To calculate the implied probability of winning for an underdog (where the odds are positive), divide 100 by the sum of the line plus 100. For the New York Yankees, the implied probability of winning is:

100 / (206 + 100) = 100 / 306 = 0.3268 = 32.68%

Looking at the percentages, the sum of them is over 100 which is never a good sign for percentages; in fact, the sum of them is 101.43%. The additional 1.43% represents the theoretical hold for the sportsbook or more commonly called the vigorish (and generally shortened to vig) which is the % amount charged by the sportsbook for its services. Assuming that the sportsbook draws in equal action on both sides it will then make 1.43% profit on the total amount of bets placed but since they are unlikely to attain equal action in most betting lines, it is only a theoretical hold.

Since the winning percentages contain an element of vigorish, we need to remove that in order to end up with the actual, rather than the implied, winning percentages and this will give us the no vig line; this is done by dividing each implied winning percentage by the sum of both winning percentages.

For the New York Yankees, the actual probability of winning is:

0.6875 / 101.43 = 0.6778 = 67.78%

For the New York Yankees, the actual probability of winning is:

0.3268 / 101.43 = 0.3222 = 32.22%

Now we can convert the two actual win probabilities into a no-vig line.

For an actual win probability equal or greater than 0.50 – or 50% in percentage terms – the formula (where FV is equal to the decimal win probability of the favored team) for the Yankees line is:

-100 / ((1 / FV) – 1) = -100 / ((1 / 0.6778) – 1) = -210.4

For an actual win probability less than 0.50 – or 50% in percentage terms – the formula (where UD is equal to the decimal win probability of the underdog) for the Royals line is:

((1 / UD) – 1) * 100 = ((1 / 0.3222) – 1) * 100 = +210.4

Since the sportsbook vig has been removed from the lines, the lines are identical in absolute terms.

This above example is where there is a clear favorite (with negative odds) and a clear underdog (with positive odds). However in the cases where there are two teams which are similarly favored by the market or, more commonly, the betting lines which use a point spread the calculation is slightly different. In this case the implied probability and actual probability can be calculated by using the New York Yankees example of calculating the implied and actual probability of winning.

Simply knowing how to calculate the no-vig probabilities is not going to make you a winning bettor but you can use those probabilities to help you win; one way to do this is to create a model that are more accurate than the opening lines of a sportsbook.

Suppose that you model the game tomorrow between the Yankees and the Royals and the lines are -160/+150 respectively and you model the game with a fair line of -170/+170. Obviously the underdog is not a good bet since you only get a price of +150 on a game where you predict they should be getting +170. Conversely, the price of -160 is more appealing since the line is better than you have modelled. The line of -170 you predicted converts to a winning percentage of 62.96% as opposed to the actual line of -160 which gives 61.54% – this means that taking the Yankees at a price of -160 gives you an edge of 1.42%.

When you bet with a positive edge (based on the line you bet versus the no vig closing line, assuming you are betting into efficient markets) you will win at sports betting over the long term. If you bet with a negative edge then, much like a game of roulette at your local casino, you will be a lifetime loser.

How to Get Started With Sports Betting

Sports betting is simply placing a wager on a sporting event. You are betting that your team, horse, dog, or driver will win. If they do win, so do you! If they lose, you lose your bet amount. Sports betting takes place all over the world, though in the United States this type of betting is not as highly accepted as it is in Europe.

Online sports betting is probably the best option for those who are interesting in trying it for the first time. If you have never tried online sports betting, you are missing so much fun and excitement, and it can all happen in the comfortable surroundings of your home! The art of sports betting can seem confusing at first, but once you are familiar with some of the jargon that is used to explain the concepts and logic behind each type of bet, it is all much easier to understand.

One of the best ways for you to experience this engaging way to bet on your favourite racing and sporting events is to get acquainted with online sports betting. However, in order to best take advantage of all that sports betting has to offer, you need to know a little more about it.

Sports Betting – The Odds

How does online sports betting work? You should start by studying the odds for the sporting event you are most interested in placing a wager upon. When using online sports betting, you can find these odds in the various online sports books used by Internet gamers everywhere. You must open an account with an online sports book before you can place your bet, but this is simple to do.

Once you have chosen where you are going to do your sports betting, you need to decide how you are going to place your bet. There are many different ways for you to wager your chosen amount of money, but first, let’s talk about the spread and how it can affect the amount you bet.

Sports Betting – The Spread

The spread is a point advantage in sports betting, which is usually given to the team that is generally expected to lose a particular sporting event. If you decide that you will bet on the team that is expected to win, they will have to win by more than the spread number and cover the spread before you are considered to have chosen correctly. If you choose the team that is expected to lose, that team will have to lose by less than the spread number in order for your pick to be considered correct. If by chance the team wins by the number of points that were chosen as the spread, the game is called a push.

No one who engages in sports betting wins a thing if a game is called as a push, but you do get the amount of your original bet back. The point spread is done in order to make the all of the bets come out even for the sports book, and is usually done for sports such as basketball or football.

Sports Betting – The Bet

If you were to bet against the spread, most likely you would place a type of bet called an 11-10, or spread bet. By betting $11, you win $10 if your team’s score covers the spread. This is another way that the online sports book makes its money.

An over-under bet is also an 11-10 bet. With this type of bet, the total score of the two teams that played will be either over or under the total score that was listed before the game was played. Betting on the score being over is called ‘betting on the ball’. Betting on the score being under is called ‘betting on the clock’.

A proposition bet is a type of bet where the online sports book chooses what the odds and the conditions of the bet are going to be. This type of bet can be most interesting, even a little fun at times, for the conditions can be as unusual as which of two football teams will make the most touchdowns, which of two basketball teams will score the most three pointers, or even which individual player will make a certain move for the team. The odds for this kind of bet are sometimes 11-10, but can be better or worse depending on the circumstances.

A parlay bet happens when you are betting on more than one event, usually three. This type of bet gives you a much higher payout if you should win, but the catch is that all the events you bet on will have to win. If even one of them loses, they all lose, and you lose the amount that you bet.

A money line bet seems rather formidable, especially to someone who is just getting into online sports betting, but it is really one of the simplest bets of all. It is also called a Straight Up bet, and there is no point spread to consider. You will just choose your sport, and then the team you think will be either the underdog or the favourite. In a money line bet, the sports book will have numbers listed that are in the hundreds, with either a plus or a minus sign beside them. These numbers are considered the ‘money line’, and are the multipliers for the bets.

If the money line for your team is listed as 100, you will make an even bet. This means you will wager the same amount that you will get back. If the money line reads -110, then you must come up with the amount of money you have decided to bet, plus 10%. This extra 10% is known by the name of ‘juice’. If the money line for your team is listed as +110, then you simply place your bet with the amount you choose to bet. If you win a money line bet, you get the amount of your bet plus 10% back. For example, if you bet $10.00 and $1.00 in juice on a -110 money line and it wins, you get $21. 00.

A teaser bet in sports betting is actually a proposition bet that allows you to change the odds for the bet in either direction so that the wager is in your favour. You can go up or down in points, and must choose at least two teams, as is done in a parlay bet. You can have as many as 6 separate teams included on a teaser bet, but all of the teams chosen have to win in order for your bet to be declared a winning one. Once the games are over, the points from the teaser bet are added or subtracted from the final scores. The odds for teaser bets can be different each time, so it is a good plan to always check the sports book before placing your bet.

A tip to remember is that generally, when placing a wager on any sport that can finish with a high score, such as football, you will have a spread. Sports where the ending score is low, such as in baseball will have a money line. Remember also that favourable odds on a game can sometimes work in your favour. Online sports betting allows you to easily go from sports book to sports book to find the best odds.

Fixed Odds Football Betting

The fixed odds football betting scheme is one of the best and most widely used option when dealing with sports betting since it uses a very up to date and highly accurate formula and means of assessing bets. Basically, this works by using the variables involved in the game and integrating it in a mathematical formula that would give the probability of the direction of the game. People should understand that everything can be predicted properly when the correct tools are used. This is the principle employed by the fixed odds method of looking into betting and game predictions. Many people have experienced success through this formula which makes it very reliable and appropriate for big time gamers. In fact, everything can be processed using the internet.

The fixed odds website has been designed to cater for the needs of the people who are looking to assess the games and place their bets into quality predictions. That is why the information, tips and guides found in the web site tackles the different betting modes found in every game which includes international, national and local events throughout the country. This is because millions of people are relying on the fixed odds betting for them to make good and profitable decisions. Multiple bets are encouraged by the site in order to take advantage of the situation and reduce the risk of losing money in one risk. This is a proven method which is called as progressive betting where in the money used and won is constantly bet. By following all the options and steps in the site, success can easily be gained.

The fixed odds football betting has been licensed in almost all the countries in the world since it uses all the legal means and ways of providing service without violation of the rights of the people and clients involved. It has been proven since the members post their betting statistics to the site to show how the advice and guides given where able to help them achieve their goal. It has easily given the people the easy and most practical way to earn money without putting their money in significant risk. In fact, millions of people have already found success in their favorite games since professional advice is given in the site. Believe it or not, the site is in collaboration with famous and veteran sports analyst who gives their thought on the game. This is a great help which could be the difference in earning or losing the entire client’s money.

The fixed odds football betting has changed the way how people bet their money on sports gambling since it has revolutionized fixed odds betting into something that is manageable and predictable. Betting is not dangerous when the user implements the proper tactic and method in deciding where to put his money. This would easily help thousands of sports enthusiasts to earn money through their favorite sporting events. Earning money has been made a hobby through the fixed bets football odds.

A Quick Guide to Football Betting

A lot of football gamblers know very well how the markets and odds provided usually work. However, for those individuals new to the football betting might experience some problems while trying to pick the best odds in their chosen markets. Such gamblers should find it necessary to acquire free betting tips from individual sites which offer the services. It is crucial for new bettors to understand correctly various markets and how they work. Free betting tips will only be of benefit to gamblers if they know football betting basics. Football fans should comprehend the typical markets before staking their money on any fixtures.

There are numerous options available for punters to stake their money when it comes to football betting. The activity of betting on football games has become so popular that several sites usually offer betting tips for their visitors. Tipsters often offer free betting tips on markets which are easily predictable. Advice on complex markets is often sold to punters since their odds are high and consequently the returns if a bettor wins the bet. Popular markets are explained so that those new to football betting can easily understand where they are staking their money and the possibilities of them to lose or win the bet.

The most common type of market available for football betting is the match betting. In this type of market, the punter simply has to choose the outcome of the game. The options are usually displayed as 1X2. 1 represents the home team to win the match, X stands for the match to end in a draw while 2 stands for the away team winning the encounter. This market is often very easy to predict unless in a situation where competitive teams are facing each other. The team which is most likely to win the match is usually low compared with the odds for a draw and the other team to win. Tipsters are likely to give free tips where the outcome of the match is somehow obvious example in a case where a strong team is facing a weaker team. When teams of equal strengths and capabilities are facing each other, it is hard to pick winning odds. In this case, tipsters usually don’t give free betting tips. They either sell the tips for the game or avoid predicting at all. A lot of new bettors prefer this market since it is easy to choose and not sophisticated at all.

Another common market in football betting is: Both teams to score. This market is often displayed as GG for both teams to score and NG for both teams not score. It is also a favorable market for most punters. The make was not available in many sites until Betfred introduced it. Other betting companies have since incorporated this market in their sites. A predictor can either choose that both teams will score or both teams not score depending on their analysis or feel about goal scoring abilities of the teams facing each other. Free betting tips are often given by tipsters on this market. Punters who are not sure which option to go for should seek services of tipsters who carry thorough analysis before deciding whether both teams will score or not.

Double chance is yet another form of a market available in football betting. In this type of market, bookmakers protect the punters who are against any team to emerge victorious in a match. Such punters can choose their favorite team to win or draw the game. The bet will be a winning bet if the team either win or draw the game. Even though odds of this market are small, several bettors prefer it since it somehow reduces the risk of losing the bet. Free betting tips are often given by tipsters concerning this market. It is the best market for those punters who want to back a team which they are sure it will not lose the game. Another form of the double chance market can be in such a way that the game will not end in a draw. Denoted as 1 or 2, this form of the double chance market means that either team A or Team B will win the match. It is the best market for those bettors who are sure that the game will not end in a draw.

Handicap betting is also a type of market provided for football bettors. This kind of market usually has good odds, and those who risk it successfully are always rewarded handsomely. It is best for punters who are sure that a particular team will win the match, but the odds are not satisfying. Such punters can, therefore, go for this market which entails giving the weaker team one or two goals and still lose the match. Punters choosing this market should be very careful and be confident that the underdog team will be beaten by a good margin surpassing the handicap goals given. If for example, an underdog is given a handicap of two goals and they score another goal, the superior team will have to net four or more goals for the punter to win the bet.

Another common type of market available for football bettors is the under/over betting. In this kind of market entails the punter choosing if the overall goals scored in a match will surpass a certain number. The mark is mostly placed at 2.5 goals while other bookmarkers can place it t 1.5 goals. Choosing over 2.5 goals, for example, means that the punter predicts that the total goals scored in the game will be three or more. The market is favorable to most bettors sand free betting tips are often offered on this market.

Other markets such as first goal scorer and anytime time goal scorer are often given by football betting companies. Such markets are rare, but common in only professional or rather well knowledgeable bettors. It is hard for new gamblers to decide on this market especially when one does not know the abilities of the players well.

Soccer punters should be careful when choosing which markets to bet. Those who are not so sure about their intended picks can seek services of tipsters who offer free betting tips.

What Sports Betting Websites Present More Than Odds?

In this article we are going to discuss about websites that contain the superior sport betting solutions.

If you Google it, you will find thousands of links that are about sports betting and some of these links contain great betting tips on the Internet. Let’s study closer on certain of these websites.

If you are a good bettor and are familiar with betting you might have heard of Bodog, Betmaker, The Greek and Pinnacle? These websites are the best sports books as many reviews have confirmed them and wrote several reviews about them.

So what is that these books offer to make them so special compare to the other sports betting websites?!

What similarities and strategies could these websites have? More than anything else it’s our decision, not the conditions of our betting’s that determine our betting’s destiny.

These websites have some advantages which can help a bettor to win the game or guess which sports team will win the game. The following are some facts that reveal some of the advantages that these websites do have:

o The first and foremost fact is that these websites concentrate on sports betting. You don’t see ads or any other topics in these websites. It is all about game and betting. We won’t deny the fact that there might be a couple of casino games or poker games in some of them, but the focal attention of the website’s content is sports betting. So as you see the niche is pretty clear about spots gambling. These websites contain the best gambling with great graphic and user interface. Webmasters of these websites try to keep them bug free so that people will enjoy surfing around and betting on their favorite teams.

o These best sport books contain the best online support that make sure your needs are met. They are there to answer to your questions and help you to solve your problem. This is one of the important factors for an online business which is to provide a great customer service.

o They provide odds upon the entire great USA sports which are famous and favorite teams not only in America but also the other countries of the world. These websites or sport books contain popular odds such as: soccer, football, hockey and cricket.

o As we talk about earlier, these websites have a great user interface and various methods of payment. This will facilitate payment procedures without a problem. A user who wishes to use these betting websites can trust their payment gateways as they are equipped with security system which prevents hackers to hack in and steal away people’s money. A user simply sings up a membership, receives some amount of bonus on deposit, and then starts the game.

o These electronic sports books or websites provide services such as point spreads and over or under and moneyline

o Each of the sites provides free information on betting and/or sports news.

o All of these sports books have a track record of at least nine years.

Although these websites have a great security system, you might think as to whether anything happens and you experience any problem! Long story short, you might think whether something goes wrong!

I presume nothing is 100% secure as long as it is online. Hackers nowadays have been using sophisticated tactics and methodologies to break in to a system. There are no doubts in it. However the odds for these sites get hacked is 30-70%

However there are many factors for you to consider when you wish for choosing the best sports book on the internet. This is up to you to choose which website you would like to choose. Nothing can resist the human will that will take even its existence on its stated purpose. As long as you plan to win a game, then you are prepared to give it a go.

Sports Betting Odds For the NBA

Betting in sports is enticing for any sports enthusiast; besides that it spices up the game even more with all those screaming bettors around you, it can be a rewarding leisure that boasts of lump sum of cash winnings. Nevertheless, what are the sports betting odds for something like the NBA?

If you based it on sports book, sports betting odds are generally unaffected or fixed. They say nothing can be done to effect change. But other sports enthusiasts believe otherwise. They consider the possibilities of maximizing the sports betting odds and successful chances to hit big time in sports betting, whether in the NBA or any other sport in the United States.

The first thing to consider is to have a sports betting system to rely on, which helps you sift through different games and identify where to bet best. By doing so, you have higher chances in sports betting odds by 97% for any NBA game. But still never bet your whole bankroll in one game. So how do you know which system works for your game?

There are online sports betting experts that can hand out pieces of advices that can assist you in every bet that you make on a game. Although they are not saying that by having a workable system, you are not liable anymore to losses in any game. There is risk wherever you are at, but having an effective system lowers your risk on terrible betting losses and increases your sports betting odds. These sports betting systems are good enough to be used universally, as long as sports betting are deemed legal.

Betting in games is so far not completely regarded as a legal form of gambling, because there are countries that still find such form as unethical and illegal in their state laws. Do we have to blame such states? No, despite their love for games such as the NBA, they find many of their people addicted to the idea of betting to the point of having to lose everything that his family has. This is where they draw the line for their laws, similar to restricting having casinos in their premises.

But it does not happen to everybody else; that is why in the United States sports betting is open and available. Drawing the line between addiction and balanced betting already depends on the hands of the bettor. Besides, sports betting has always been considered as a moneymaking opportunity for all citizens, without having to leave the comforts of your home or spend endless hours working at night.

If you want better sports betting odds in all NBA games, finding a good betting system is easy, so long as you pay enough attention to details being served on the internet. Upon taking hold of what you think should be your betting system, nothing can stop you from deserving successive wins in the games of betting. Well, of course, be reminded that it also takes some smarts to get ahead in every bet of every game.

Understanding Different Types of Soccer Betting Odds

We found this amazing site which is the greatest resource for online soccer betting, providing players with all the information they need before they make a wager. The popularity of soccer betting comes from the high popularity of the sport itself. Millions of people watch soccer to either cheer on their favorite team or just to get a hand on the adrenaline of the game. The most important difference between soccer betting and other forms of gambling is that it takes some time to become profitable and start earning real money. However once you have learned some basic tips – as outlined here, you’ll be able to enjoy higher than average returns on your wagers.

The trick in soccer betting is studying past soccer games to get a feeling for what the best odds are and to be able to tell if one team is going to win or not. While this may sound like an obvious piece of advice, you’d be surprised at how many players loose site of the “big picture” when betting on soccer games.

There are also many soccer tips you can find online forums that analyze game stats. Probably one of the best soccer betting tips is to take a look at all the online sports books before making your first bet; different sports books offer different bonuses and different odds, all of which affect your bottom line as a sports bettor. Therefore, simply taking some time to choose the best odds will put you in the right track to win big. Some of the best sports books online are William Hill, Ladbrokes, 888 Sport and Bet 365.

Soccer betting odds are not as favorable when the point spread (also known as an ‘Asian handicap’ is involved. So for beginners it is recommended to start playing with straight bets. This type of betting is also known as 1X2 where 1 is the home team, 2 is the away team, and X is a tie.

Because the skill in picking a winner based on a point spread is more difficult we recommend going with 1X2 wagers as predicting which team is going to win without giving an exact amount of points is a simpler task. Other ways to get a winning start when betting on soccer is to simply bet on the home team each time. While the odds are usually lower on home teams – they outperform both tie bets and away teams by a wide margin.

To increase your chances of winning, you should first stick to games where you know both teams and can easily tell what their behavior on the field will be like. You chances for success at betting on soccer will only decrease if you are betting on unknown teams, or are chasing long shots with no realistic chance of winning only to make a big score.

The Best Sports Betting Sites Offer More Than Odds

What’s the Best Site for Sports Betting?

There are a few sites that keep coming up on everyone’s list of the best sports betting sites on the Net. Bodog, Betmaker, The Greek and Pinnacle are four sportsbooks that are tops amongst sports bettors and reviewers alike. What does each sports betting site offer, making it one of the best? What do they have in common?

Below are some of the shared characteristics that help qualify each site as one of the best for online sports betting:

o Each site’s primary focus is sports betting. They’re dedicated to it and that means they want to do everything they can to get and keep your business. It’s true that each site offers casino games and poker; still, each of these sites excels and is best at sports betting.

o All of these online sportsbooks are noted for superior 24/7 customer service.

o They offer odds on all major U.S. sports and on other sports that are popular in other parts of the world, including cricket and soccer.

o The sites have numerous ways to process your money, fast sign-ups and solid bonus offers on deposits.

o These sports betting sites offer all of the common types of bets, such as moneyline, point spreads and over/unders.

o Each of the sites provides free information on betting and/or sports news.

o All of these sportsbooks have a track record of at least nine years.

Can you go wrong with any of these sites? It’s tough to believe that you would. Still, there are some other things to consider when determining which sports betting site is best for you.

Sites that are trying to be inventive by offering new types of wagering opportunities should always be examined carefully. The fact is all of the sports betting sites above continue to develop innovative betting opportunities, either by adding a new twist to standard types of wagers, creating new exotics or providing a new customer service feature. The best sports betting sites are always attempting to enhance their catalogue of sports. Look for a site that has a new take on betting that may benefit you.

One feature that’s bound to improve a bettor’s gambling life is actually a weakness in a sportsbook-their odds making. Sites that carry a large number of events usually have a weak spot or two, especially in the lesser bet sports. It would be tough to find a sports betting site that isn’t current on football or basketball since so many people bet on these sports. But hockey, baseball, boxing, golf, tennis and NASCAR odds can vary a lot from site to site. Shop around and you may find some great odds that are tough to turn down.

Bodog, Bookmaker, The Greek and PlayersOnly are all leaders in Internet sports betting, providing some of the best service, widest range of betting opportunities and finest security. Still, bettors should shop around; look for other sites that have some of the same great qualities but that may offer something different or better. Don’t just fall into the laps of the big guys. Checking out their competition will help keep them honest, prodding them to continue to work hard to attract your hard-earned money.