Find a Trustworthy Site

It’s important to pick a bookmaker who you can trust. After all, you need to be sure that your money is in safe hands! These days there are so many online bookies out there that it can be tricky to know which ones are trustworthy. First of all, do your research. Find out which sites are recommended and take a look at their reviews. There are also a few key details that you can look out for on the betting site that will show if your bookie has the seal of approval. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of their site, you should be able to see a license badge. For instance, the UKGC logo shows that that site has a UK license. If there’s no license logo, ditch the site and find a better one!

Look Out for Welcome Bonuses

You should definitely keep your eyes peeled for the welcome bonuses that most online betting sites offer new players. While these are used to lure in new customers, you can definitely use this ploy to your own advantage. Just remember that most of these bonuses will offer you credit you can use to make bets rather than to withdraw.

Find Your System

As with any kind of betting, for best results you should think things through. Before placing a bet, do some research into basic betting strategies and familiarize yourself with the terminology. This is especially true if you are new to betting, although it’s also a good idea for experienced bettors to change up their play from time to time.

Back and Lay

First, let’s explain what ‘back and lay’ means. To ‘back’ a bet means that you would place your bet on a particular outcome.  To ‘lay’ a bet means to bet that an outcome won’t happen. One is simply the opposite of the other. To make the most of this strategy, you would need to be careful to back and lay at the right times. One of the easiest ways to profit is by laying the draw. It’s pretty low risk and as long as one team wins you’re guaranteed to profit. Backing and laying is also a good way to hedge your bets and reduce your overall risk.

Accumulator Betting

Accumulator betting is a great betting strategy for those who are just starting out. Also known as a ‘multibet’ it involves combining a number of different bets into one single bet. By adding in lots of bets, you can make the odds very high, increasing your chance of winning big. With high odds comes risk, so this method really requires some careful forethought.

Offsetting Losses

Some players choose to use what is called the ‘Martingale Strategy’. What makes this system useful is that it helps the player to cover any losses incurred by doubling the stakes on the next bet. Naturally betting will always involve winning some and losing some. The point where this system falls down is if the player gets stuck on a losing streak!

Another open secret in the betting world is the ‘Fibonacci Strategy’. It is similar in principle to the ‘Martingale Strategy’, but instead follows the Fibonacci sequence of numbers that occurs throughout nature. The sequence starts 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and continues infinitely. Can you spot the pattern? The sequence is created by adding the two preceding numbers together. Betting with these numbers is another way of raising the stakes to offset any losses.

Check Out the Weather

A really simple issue that a surprising number of punters forget to take into account is the weather. If it suddenly starts to rain, chances are that a football match won’t go to plan! Take note of weather forecasts before matches, as heat, wind, and humidity can all have an impact on the state of play.

This theory applies to any kind of external factor – read the signs and you might just get an edge on the bookmaker. The best outcome may even mean betting against your own team!

Utilizing these strategies can be a great way to get a leg up on the competition, however there is one more thing to remember. Arguably the most important thing to do when betting is to use your common sense. Bet smart, don’t over estimate your bankroll, and take the time to stop and think!

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