The online gambling market in South Africa continues to experience exponential growth. The influx of new players provides variety for punters but it also become incredibly confusing, especially if you are new to the betting world.
Below are some tips to help you maximise your chances of winning.
Before you even begin placing a bet, you first need to understand the lingo. Nearly all betting sites will include jargon or words that are pertinent to the industry such as wager for example. It’s good to know what these mean as otherwise you will get confused and it could cause you to make costly mistakes. The internet is a good place to start – read up on some of the key phrases and terms like what are the components of a sports wager, who are the different parties to a wager and what are the different types of betting (spread, exchange or fixed odds) for example?
The growth in the market has resulted in a number of fly-by-night online sports betting sites and if you use one of these, you risk not being paid out correctly or undertaking unsafe transaction. These sites tend to not be registered with the National Gambling Board so there is little recourse if you do find you have been treated unfairly. Stick to a reputable online sports betting website that offers excellent betting odds and a variety of markets as well as sign-up bonuses and promotions. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a website – hold off betting until you do some more research.
It goes without saying that good management of your finances will ensure you do not fall into debt. Allocate a certain amount to your betting and stick to it rigidly – even if you win. If you are new to betting, start off with smaller amounts and increase it slowly, as you become more experienced.
Placing a bet should only happen after you have researched and thought through your bet, especially for sports betting. Consider aspects such as stadiums or countries that the game is being played in, whether there are any injuries to the team, whether the game is near the beginning or the end of the season, what the weather predictions are and so forth. It is no good betting Manchester United will win their match against Real Madrid in Spain, when your research shows that they have never won against Real Madrid, when playing away from home. As with anything in life, the more you know, the better equipped you will be to make an accurate bet.
Remember it is not always about the win. Good research will show you that betting on outright winners is not always where the real money is. Have a look at other betting options, like which team will score the first goal or point, who will be the main goal scorer, which side will be third or fourth etc. Not only are you increasing your chance of winning by not putting all your eggs into one betting basket but you also limit the chances of super high odds. Fewer people play these bets, so if you bet well and are lucky, you can win a tidy sum.
Football, especially matches in the English Premier League and European Cup are incredibly popular and most websites will place heavy emphasis on these. However, sports betting is not confined to football alone. Most sports betting sites will have betting options for virtually any game, event, league or competition in a variety of sport genres, including the likes of cricket, rugby and tennis to the more obscure, like martial arts, ice hockey and floor ball for example.
A tipster is someone who regularly provides a tip on the likely outcomes of sporting events. Today many tipsters operate websites and blogs. We have listed some of the main ones below: