Betting on cricket is simple and fun, but it can become overcomplicated because of the wealth of markets available. So the first peace of advice, is don’t rush and don’t be overawed by what might seem a complicated set of betting options. Follow quick guide on cricket betting and be responsible!
How do you bet on Cricket?
Best honest about what you know
Cricket can be seen as quite a complicated sport by those who don’t have experience in the rules. If you’re checking out the betting markets and you don’t really understand how the game is played, scored or won, then you’re at risk of placing uneducated bets. Be honest with yourself, if you don’t know how to bet on cricket because you don’t know the game or the rules, don’t bet.
Pick a trusted betting site
Before you start betting, make sure you’re registered with a trusted betting site that can offer a wealth of cricket betting markets. Some online betting sites are better than others and that mean more access to diverse bets. If you end up on a smaller site, you might not find the bet you want and that can sometimes lead to panic betting.
Find a cricket match that you like
If you do know the rules, pick the tournaments, series or fixtures that you’re familiar with. Our speciality is the IPL and Indian international cricket, so we tend to steer clear of the other types of events if we’re placing bets. This means we’ve built up a knowledge base of the events we’re betting on and we have a better understanding of the markets, because we have a better understanding of the fixtures we’re focusing on.
Don’t just go to a betting site just to see what’s on. You should bet on what you know, so be responsible and wait for you favoured events to bet on.
Most betting sites and apps are set out the same. The cricket markets are normally one of the core items on their main page. So we won’t go into detail about how to use the betting site too much. The cricket section will list the events, the events list the markets and in the markets you find the bets.
Know your strengths
Betting shouldn’t be rash and spontaneous. If you’re jumping on a trend or a tip, you’re likely to be following someone else blind. That means you’re looking for someone else to give you all the answers and you don’t actually have any practical knowledge of the bets you’re placing. Use tips and predictions to back up your own knowledge and your own theories.
Find your bet by looking for the events and markets that you are comfortable in, you know the tournament or the series and where you have practical knowledge of the teams and the players.
Types of bet
There are lots of different types of cricket bet, here are the main markets.
Prematch bets – cricket bets you place before the game starts
- Outright: An outright bet means your choosing who wins. There are no draws in this market, you’re picking a winner and nothing else. This could be match winner, who wins the toss, who wins the series – It has many variations
- Match Win/Draw: Aside from the outright winner, you can often bet on a 3 way market where either team wins or you select a draw. This more popular in short form cricket where draws are more likely
- Top Batter: Chose who will be the highest scoring batter by the end of the game from either side
- Top Bowler: Select the leading wicket taker in that fixture (Or in the series if you’re betting on a tournament and not a game)
- Player of the Match: An accolade awarded to a player after the game for the best overall performance. More common for key games that are televised and the commentary team pick the player of the match
- First Wicket Method: The type of dismissal logged on the scorecard for the firts batter out in the game
- Handicap Over/Under Batting: A bet where you are given a plus or minus runs on the final score. So you can bet on a weaker team at stronger odds, by applying a batting handicap to the other teams score
- Handicap Over/Under Bowling: A bet where the bowling team are given plus or minus wickets at the end of the game to create anew score that supposedly evens the odds for both teams
- To hit a 50: Bet on a player to hit a half century
- To hit a 100: Bet on a player to score a century
Inplay bet – bets you place during the game play with live odds
- Match Win/Draw: The same win/draw market as prematch but with live odds that change as the match unfolds
- Next Wicket Method: Bet on the type of dismissal logged on the scorecard for the next batter out in the game
- Next ball: In live betting, where the action is quite slow, you can bet on the outcome of the next ball, like a 4, or a 6, a wide and so on
- Maiden Over: bet on whether the next bowler full over will be a a maiden, thus conceding zero runs
Research cricket stats and news
Once you’re at the point where you think you’ve found a bet a you like, do some more research. Odds are useful, but they don’t pain the whole picture. There are lots of factors that contribute to the price of the odds, most of which are naturally probability of the outcome, but other things don contribute that you’re no privy to as punters. So don’t always look at the odds as the last touch point in your decision making.
Find some stats that might help you decide whether your bet is realistic or not. You’re spending money much like buying a product from a shop, so make sure you have all the facts in front of you when making that last decision. Stats and news are key to being responsible. If you don’t look into any of circumstances surround a fixture and the betting markets, you’re a risky better and playing into the hands of the bookies.
Track your cricket bets
We’re just going to sidestep for a second. If you’re about to start betting as a newcomer or this is your first dip into cricket betting. We highly recommend you log your bets on a tracker.
Regular betting is OK if you’re doing it responsibly and one way of being responsible is tracking your bets and knowing where you succeed over where you don’t. Keeping a history or a log of your bets, helps you build up a knowledge base of historical wagers.
So you could potentially build up a pattern of what works for you and this becomes part of a personal betting strategy, where you’re not following blind bets form other people. Know the markets where you think you do better and stick with those.
Identify value in odds and offers
So now you have the bet you want to place and you’re equipped with the stats and news that have helped you settle on this final punt, you can still shop about and look for value!
Granted we suggested you pick a trusted betting site, but you might actually have a list of 3 or 4 preferred sites that you use and they could in theory have a different set of odds, presenting you with a chance to find better odds.
Odds comparison sites are great for finding value. But don’t forget to look out for cricket bonus offers on your selected bet. Some bookies give out enhanced promotions on the bigger games. So if it ties in with your particular bet, make use of the bonus if you can.
Single or Multiples
Lastly you’ll want to place your bet as either an individual bet or potentially combine it with other bets in your repertoire of bets that day, to make a multiple.
A single is just one bet on its own with one price and you wager a single amount. Whereas the multiple is mixed of combinations that you can make up by joining different bets into one slip. These are known as permeations and it can be quite complicated if you’re new to cricket betting.
The simples for of multiple is an ACCA short for accumulator. So not permeations here, its 1 bet that rolls over dependant on how many single bets you have placed in the slip. So if you have selected 5 bets, you’re placing a single bet on bet 1, if that wins the money rolls onto bet and keeps going to bet 5 as long as they all win!
Thats the basics of betting on cricket. get in touch if you have any questions.
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