Betting on an event whilst it’s taking place is an increasingly popular option amongst punters and soccer is just one of the sports best suited to the concept of wagering after the event has started. This guide will be of assistance for those who are not familiar with how it works.
Bet.co.za offer a wide range of “in play” markets on a number of major sporting events and you can see the schedule of events which will be covered “in play” in a dedicated live betting menu option on the Bet.co.za website. In a nutshell, “in play” betting means the odds change dynamically as the action unfolds before your eyes and even if you are on the move and have no access to pictures, latest score updates for each event keep you up to date with how the game is going.
In the case of soccer, it’s important to note that “in play” markets are not restricted to simply betting on the match result. Other options include betting on the correct final score, the total number of goals and which side will score the next goal. When a goal is scored or another incident occurs which could have a major impact on the outcome (such as a red card being shown), the markets are suspended for a short time whilst the odds are adjusted accordingly.
If you didn’t have chance to place your bets before kick off, you can still get involved but another advantage of “in play” betting is that you can formulate a strategy for a game where the odds for your particular fancy could turn out to be far more favourable than they were before kick off. Let’s explain that in a little more detail using an example from the opening match of the recent World Cup 2014 between Brazil and Croatia.
The pre-match odds showed Brazil as short priced favourites at 0.34 (for every R100 staked you make R34 profit should Brazil win the game). Those who watched this game will recall that the first goal went the way of Croatia after just 11 minutes. Whilst Croatia scoring first was a surprise, Brazil still had plenty of time to turn the game around but as they had fallen behind, the “in play” odds adjusted and at that time you could have backed Brazil at even money or better giving you a far better return than the pre-match price. As it turned out Brazil did come back to win the game 3-1 and those punters who backed them “in play” when they were 1-0 down were smiling at the full time whistle.
For “in play” markets such as the correct final score, total match goals or total goals scored by either team the principle is exactly the same, the odds change as the game unfolds.
It’s important to note how “in play” betting tests your ability to read how the remainder of a game will be played out. If you have no firm opinion before kick off you can watch the game and monitor statistics such as possession and chances created to help you form a strategy in predicting the outcome of any of the live betting options available. Will the match become more open the longer it goes on, increasing the chances of late goals? Will the favourites come on strong in the last 20 minutes or are we heading for a draw or shock result?
In summary, whether you are a serious punter or just someone who likes to have a bet to enhance their enjoyment of a game, the “in play” betting option has something for you and Bet.co.za have a wide range of “in play” events available every day.