In traditional, fixed odds betting, wagers can only be placed prior to the start of a race, match, game or competition. "In-play" or "in-running" betting is rapidly becoming a popular alternative, since it allows punters to place their bets during the course of an event. In-play betting is available from a wide range of online bookmaking firms and betting exchanges. However, the range of in-play betting options varies widely and it is advisable to maintain a portfolio of, say, 3 or 4 online accounts to take advantage of the best in-play markets and odds offered during a sporting event.
The most popular sports for in-play / in-running betting are perhaps horseracing, football and golf. Traditional bookmakers do not offer in-running betting on horse races, although it is available on the betting exchanges. The "bet" odds for a horse to win a race and the "lay" odds for a horse not to win are constantly updated as the race progresses. However, punters need to be wary of placing bets on these markets, as horse races can change rapidly. Often a runner that appears to be travelling badly may get a "second wind" and finish strongly to win or reach the frame, whilst a clear leader may tire quickly and be caught close home. For these reasons, punters should avoid laying at long prices and backing at very short odds, as runners offered at 999/1 in running HAVE won, whilst conversely, others offered at 1/999 HAVE been beaten.
Football offers a vast range of in-play markets, allowing punters to bet on the outright result, next goalscorer, next team to score, total number of goals and the final score in a match, to name but a few. Such markets are updated throughout the play of a game, with odds usually available up to the 80th minute of play.
Golf offers numerous in-play markets, giving punters the ability to bet during each round and between the rounds of a tournament. In-play golf markets include outright tournament winner, but perhaps more interesting to punters are the match bets offered by many online layers. Constantly-updated odds are offered on the player to shoot the lowest score for a round in a pairing or threesome. Hypothetical match odds are also offered by some bookmakers, who match up players not actually playing together. Other golfing in-play bets include a player`s score for a particular hole or holes, or their total score for a round, amongst many others.
Aside from these particularly popular sports, in-play betting is available on many others, although the markets offered on the likes of tennis and cricket do not appear to be as popular with punters, with the exception of major events such as Wimbledon tennis and cricket`s Ashes series.
The popularity of in-play betting is that it removes some other the guesswork from sports betting. Instead of having to assess the form of players and teams in advance, punters are able to wait until an event is underway before deciding whether to part with their hard earned cash.
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