Basics of betting

Basics of betting, differences between bookmakers bets

The most important types and ways of placing the bets are listed below. All kind of other bets can be successfully found in the best bookies listed into promotion section. The events from the top world leagues can have several hundred of types, such as the number of corners, first and last goal scorers. Some time ago you could even find a bet offer – “who Luis Suarez will bite in the next match”. The number of bets offered in sub-league is more limited and in some cases, direct 1×2 is available.

Direct / classic bet (Moneyline)

Starting from the basic types that do not require any additional explanation: direct winner, loser, draw (1×2).


The goal of Handicap bets is to equalize the chances between different-class opponents by adding points / goals to the match result. In the same time, it causes a proportional change of odds. There are 2 main types of handicaps: Asian and classic (European). Asian is safer, because in case of a draw, capital returns to tipster. In the classic, the previously selected number of points / goals is added to the result of the game, which means that a draw is possible and thus a loss of capital. Bookmakers offer a very wide range of handicaps, but the question is how to choose their values when placing a bets.

Looking for the answer of this question, the methodology for creating valuable types described on should be used. When you find a highly reliable, valuable event with a bid below 1.5, it is worth increasing it by adding Asian Handicap -1. At the same time, more risky events should be secured with a reverse handicap, e.g. +1, giving additional safety margin. The last important goal of this step is to bring the odds around 2, because it effectively raise the Yield. Other handicap values ​​expose you to unnecessary risk, so they are not recommended. At the end, in the case of game between the same level opponents the handicap is giving you a thin chance to be on the winning side or receive return of invested stakes.

Over / Under bets

The goal for Over/Under types is placing a bet for specific result of a game. Just like handicap bets, bookmakers offer a very wide range of types. The most popular disciplines in which these bets are used are football, hockey, basketball. When to use these types of bets?

It’s really good idea to use it when you find events where teams have a lot of absences in defensive lines – for Over. However, events where first choice players are missing in the offensive lines are ideal for – Under. You should not take into consideration the statistics of teams, matches and leagues in which the average number of goals / points per match suggests Over or Under bets. Without due diligence analysis mentioned above, it is not profitable to place a bet only based on statistics.

Related bets

Interesting type of bets for valuable events. Namely, it is worth paying attention to bets, in which the obtained result affects other matches / teams. Really good example are meetings from the end of the season where degradation or promotion of one team is determined by the results of others. Another example is friendly team relationships, which can also result the setting the game outcome before the match. Another great example is the analysis of the next upcoming matches, looking on a stake of game. It is common practice to place reserve lineups for low importance games, dedicate “Second suit" to save key players. These types of meetings have the highest value in terms of potential winnings. Of course, coaches, players and staff will ensure to have deep respect for rivals, the importance of each game, but the “the first suit" is winning the game rather than noble slogans.

Live betting

Most bookmakers offer the possibility of placing a bets on events that have already begun. During the meeting, the odds is changing depending on the situation between the rivals. The benefits of placing capital for an event in progress are listed below.

First of all, if you hesitate to bet on your favourite, the first minutes of the meeting will certainly clarify your doubts. Another argument for investing into ongoing matches is exchange rates. Taking into account that favourite for the match has changed really close before first whistle, it is worth to wait for start and bring capital in the initial minutes after the odds increase. The next argument for placing capital during the meeting is reacting to events on the field and adequate betting. If the match is aggressive, the teams fight for every ball – investment in fouls, yellow / red cards. If the favourite is really pushing opponent, is giving a lot of shots – it is worth to invest in a certain number of corners / free kicks, etc.