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As a beginner in sports betting you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of available betting options. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Most of the betting options are really easy to figure out and we will show you the most popular ones in this guide.
The most popular betting options can be found at every sportsbook and bookmaker. Those are the standard types of bets every bettor should know.
We will show you the most common betting types for football. However, the majority of the betting options shown below are also available for the most popular types of sports including tennis, basketball, and ice hockey.
1- Home team is going to win in regulation time (without overtime).
X- Match will end in a draw in regulation time (without overtime).
2- Away team is going to win (without overtime).
Make sure those betting markets only apply to matches played in the regulation time. If a team wins in the penalty shootout it will still count as a draw.
This is the most common way of betting on total goals scored in a match. The bookmaker sets certain amounts of goals (1.5, 2.5 -which is the most popular amount- 3.5, and so on) and you bet if there will be more or less goals.
You are betting on both teams to score or not. Only goals scored in regulation time will count and the overall amount of goals is irrelevant.
The double chance bet gives you the opportunity to cover two different results at the same time. You can bet on:
1X – The home team wins or draw
12 – One of the teams wins
X2 – Away team wins or draw
Combine the half-time result with the end result of a match.
You can also bet on the recorded result of the match at halftime. That means only the result after 45 minutes will count towards your bet.
Handicap bets are a little bit more difficult to understand than the above-mentioned betting options. In order to create more attractive odds for their customers, bookmakers invented handicap bets. They are used to create a virtual advantage or disadvantage for a team in order to make a game more balanced. If you are betting on a favorite, you can choose them to cover the handicap, which has been set by the bookmaker. If your team manages to overcome the preset deficit in goals, you win your bet.
Please make sure to read our detailed guide on handicap and Asian handicap betting to fully understand how handicap betting works.
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