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For some sports betting is just fun, for others it's a way to potential make some extra earnings, and for a very small percentage it's becomes a main source of income, a career even.

In this section you will find articles on a variety of different topics relating to all of the above, including news, strategies, helpful info and more. So whether you're just a fun punter or an aspiring professional, there should be something for you in this section.

Top-5 Most unlikely winning bets in 2016
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Top-5 Most unlikely winning bets in 2016

Leicester winning the Premier League The first of the big sensations this year and arguably the biggest (well, there’s probably not much arguing!) was Leicester’s victory in the Premier League. Before the 2015/16 season, nobody would’ve given Leicester any chance whatsoever of lifting the title and the fact the bookmakers priced The Foxes up as 5000/1 shot speaks for itself. Amazingly, there were enthusiasts who saw the odds and decided to get involved! Four-figure odds on Claudio Ranieri’s side to win the title was still being advertised until November 2015 when bookmakers realised that The Foxes had a good chance…

What is Cross Market Arbing?
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What is Cross Market Arbing?

Cross market arbitrage betting (or cross market arbing) is a form of betting that might sound fairly complex, but, it’s actually quite simple. Following on from recently looking at sure betting, Cross market arbing is essentially the next step. What is a cross market arb? Whereas traditional sure betting/arbing exploits differential pricing set by two separate bookmakers on either side of a two entrant market, cross market arbing aims to exploit a difference in bookmaker pricing using two or more different markets. Here’s a simple example: A normal sure bet that exploits just one market will look something like this:…

Sure Betting: Is there such a thing?
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Sure Betting: Is there such a thing?

A sure bet? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? However, believe it or not, there is such a thing. For those who don’t know, sure betting (also known as arbitrage betting or arbing) is a particular betting method where the punter exploits discrepancies in the odds of two separate bookmakers. The aim is to back the opposing outcomes on a particular market at such prices that guarantee a profit regardless of the result of the event. In theory this is something that can easily sound too good to be true, but, nevertheless, guaranteeing a win can be done.…

Dealing with Losing in Sports Betting
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Dealing with Losing in Sports Betting

When it comes to sports betting, losing is very much at the forefront of each and every punters’ activities. In a nutshell, losing is something that simply every punter will experience. There are several different ways in which the sports betting punter deals with losing, some positive, some not so positive. The ways in which a punter deals with losing will have a major effect on whether or not they are successful in the long-run. What type of punter are you? There are generally four types of punter. These are: Occasional The occasional punter is someone who bets purely for…

Top 10 Premier League Goals 2015/2016
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Top 10 Premier League Goals 2015/2016

In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Goals from the Premier League 2015/2016 campaign. If you think there’s one we’ve missed or you’d have chosen differently then please let us know your thoughts in either the comments section below or on twitter (@bookieratings). Cuco Martina vs Arsenal A 4-0 win over Arsenal on Boxing Day was undoubtedly one of Southampton’s finest performances last season, so it’s quite fitting that this outstanding strike from Cuco Martina came in that game. Christian Benteke vs Manchester United There wasn’t much for Benteke to shout about during his first season at Liverpool,…

Understanding Value
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Understanding Value

What is value? The word “value” is commonly used in betting circles, with its concept often dominating conversations amongst punters. But do the betting public really understand its true meaning? This article will tackle the basics and answer the all-important question: What is value? Good and bad value When considering value, the first thing that is important to understand is that there two contrasting types that we need to concern ourselves with. These are good and bad. There are bets which represent good value and then there are bets which represent bad value. Value is something that punters should indeed…

10 Top Tips for Improving Your Sports Betting
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10 Top Tips for Improving Your Sports Betting

Being a successful sports punter certainly isn’t easy and therefore it’s not surprising that it’s something that is rarely achieved. However, a long-term profit can be accomplished and certainly is by a minority of shrewd punters. There’s no doubt about it that a small percentage of punters do enjoy sustained success or even make a living (often a good one at that) from betting on sports. Profiting from sports betting can by no means be guaranteed and unfortunately there are no shortcuts or ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Having said this, for those who are serious about making a success of…

Odds Percentage Table: Converting odds into percentages
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Odds Percentage Table: Converting odds into percentages

The middle column displays odds in both fractional and decimal format, while the columns either side show the percentage translation of these odds at both odds-on and odds-against.

Profitable trends: Guingamp
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Profitable trends: Guingamp

Trend: “Both teams to score – no” in Guingamp’s away matches in Ligue 1. Reason: Guingamp haven’t pleased their fans in the new season. They are only 19th in the table and are one of the main contenders for relegation. Their defensive line Lars Jacobsen – Jeremy Sorbon – Dorian Leveque – Christoph Kerbrat is estimated by Francefootball.fr as one of the weakest in the top division of the country. Their front line doesn’t show a good game, either. They score average 0.85 goals per game and their best striker Nicolas Benezet scored just 3 goals this season. And if at…

Profitable trends: Toulouse
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Profitable trends: Toulouse

Once a dark horse, Toulouse have been disappointing their fans in recent years. In the last Ligue 1 season, they were only 17th, luckily avoiding the relegation. This season, the situation hasn’t changed and Dominique Arribagé’s team are in the relegation zone. Their main problem is defence that concedes 1.75 goals per game. Their attack is not that bad, scoring more than one goal (1.1) per game, which keeps them afloat, more or less. However, there is a trend in Toulouse’s home matches. It’s both teams to score market. The bet is 89% successful. That’s how our bankroll would look…

NBA live betting – Part 3
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NBA live betting – Part 3

  There is no relegation in the NBA. Each year the same teams race for the grand prize. The only difference is that the season’s worst teams get the chance to improve their line-ups with the best young players of the world. What can the team with less than 40% wins after 2/3 of the championship fight for? Only the lower place which would allow getting more chances for the first draft numbers. That is when the fans’ nightmare and gamblers’ dream begin. Every year, the teams, having less than 40%  wins, start the race for the worst results in…

NBA live betting – Part 2
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NBA live betting – Part 2

You should not ever forget that NBA has gathered the best players on the planet. There are only 360 people in the active line-ups of 30 teams. 360 people of more than 7 billion living on the Earth. Right, in play-offs some teams are better than others. But when 12 players are on fire, they are able to outplay anyone. Even the worst team in NBA’s history, Charlotte Bobcats, won 7 out of 66, or 10.6%, matches in 2012. High negative handicap (more common for domestic teams) could be often reduced to acceptable level in the first half of the…

NBA live betting – Part 1: Preview
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NBA live betting – Part 1: Preview

Who of you would not desire spending only a few minutes a day analyzing sports events to bet a convenient amount of money and continue relaxing on an own island in some warm spot on Earth? Unfortunately, there are just no easy ways in this business. There could not be any. That’s because there are people striving for money on both sides of the monitor. That is why every system which brings significant profit loses effectiveness very soon. Bookies are not fools. They use the best prediction systems that can amazingly accurately predict the outcome the sports event outcome way before…

Introducing DotA 2 betting: how to choose a bet, where to bet, and others
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Introducing DotA 2 betting: how to choose a bet, where to bet, and others

DotA 2 is one of the most popular eSports disciplines. Every year, its developer and publisher, Valve Corporation, holds The International, an electronic sports DotA 2 championship tournament, where top teams from around the world are invited. The prize pool of the last The International tournament totaled over $10.9 million. This amount is several times higher than the prize pools of medium-sized real sport competitions. Today, the standard prize pool in DotA 2 is $200,000. Over 200,000 people participate in the broadcast every day. In many countries, major events are broadcast on local TV channels. For example, in 2013, the…

How luck influences your short term betting
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How luck influences your short term betting

The relationship between the bookmaker and the player (bettor) is based on the odds by the bookmaker and the bettor’s opinion about the accuracy of the odds. The simplest example is a fair coin toss. The probability of the head or tail showing is equal, which is 0.5. When converted into decimal odds, the probability would be 2. Certainly, the bookmaker intends to make profit and will therefore price the odds less than 2 to ensure that the bookmaker receives profit in the long run for any bet made. A price of 1.87 for both outcomes has an implied probability…

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