In-play betting is placing a bet whilst a game is ongoing, accompanied by fluctuating odds and prices. There’s a variety of in-play markets for a wide array of sports like football, golf and tennis. Not even the most seasoned betters can accurately predict what will happen pre-game, hence the beauty of in-play betting. With reasonable internet speed, gamblers can take advantage of a crucial moment occurring real-time. If you failed to back a price or odds before kick-off, you can almost be sure they will drift to a more rewarding win-risk ratio if you wait 30 minutes into the game. As a football game approaches half time, the odds may go ad hoc with teams getting penalties or red cards. Judge the tempo and see which side will likely make a comeback or who will score goals. This way, you’ll get more of a solid basis in settling your bets.
“Can I bet on a game whilst it's going on?”
Say Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are scheduled to meet in Champions League. Real are expected to win at odds 4/11. At the 10th minute mark, Dortmund score and suddenly the odds shift to 8/5. An in-running bet looks like good value here if Madrid are able to reply. They will be back to 4/11 odds again to win the game if they score relatively quickly. Spotting an in-running value bet that didn’t look like value at all before kickoff adds up to serious potential profit.
Still using the above mentioned scenario: At 80’, the game is looking like a draw but you detect that Real Madrid can still get the win in the last 10 minutes if they press hard. You can get more or less 3/1 on them winning if you place your bet late in the game. A speculative pick like this can get you hefty returns.
In-running betting can also cover probable loss from those bets you’ve placed before the game. Bet again on the same market such as Corners and gain guaranteed profit. If you bet £200 on there being less than 11 corners at 1/1 and the bookies change the spread to 11/10, you can put another £200 on there being over 9 corners. In this case, you won’t lose no matter how many corners turn up in the game [£200 at 1/1 = 400] [£200 at 11/10 = 420].
Asian Handicap evens out the field by giving the supposed stronger team negative point(s) to overcome. It’s one in-play betting type that stands out among punters as they can bet from the point of last score. When betting Asian Handicaps live, the game resets back to 0-0 whenever a team concedes a goal.
Example - Europa League Marseille v Salzburg
Asian Handicap -1.00 at 2.00
Pre-match, Marseille were hypothetically priced at 1.75. Salzburg score after 20 minutes to take the lead 1-0. OM are then priced at 2.00 at -1.00 with seventy minutes on the clock. You’re predicting Marseille will score at least two from here. However, if they only score 1, you will get your money back. If they score 2, you win.
Example - Brazil v Mexico
Asian Handicap -0.50 at 2.00
Supposing Brazil were 2-0 up at half time. With the Asian Handicap line always starting at 0-0, the most popular pick will be -0.50. Some sportsbooks may not be able to offer such match odds if they’ve gone from 1.01 to nil. But the in-play Asian Handicap will keep things alive. If Brazil nips one injury time goal making it 1-0 from reset and 3-0 FT, in-play bet of -0.50 at 2.00 will be a winner.
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