The meteoric rise of Dream11 and it's popularity has taken the cricket nation of India by storm.
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Dream11 app can be downloaded for free. Players can choose to play for free but they will be restricted to games without any prize money (unless there are any promotions going on).
Absolutely. Dream11 offers a lot of options to play and win money. The prize money can range from as less as Rs 15.00 to a pool of Rs. 5 crore for its mega-games. The amount of money needed to enter these contests vary as does the number of participants playing each contest.
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For a short and quick answer to this: there are basically no laws in India (on a federal level) that makes online betting illegal. State level there are some that have explicitly banned it, some legalized it, and most are in-between where they haven't put in place any laws regarding it, thus it continues to be a grey area activity.
Be sure to check your local laws and regulations before you engage in any activity that might be considered illegal though.
No. There is no evidence to suggest that Dream11 is fixed or that there is anything underhanded going on in the manner in which the contests are being run. The entire process, as you will learn, is pretty transparent.
There is a mix of skill and luck involved in playing Dream11. The chance of winning can be as good as 50% when you are going head to head against one player or negligible in the mega-contests. Overall, though, players have a lower chance of winning big prize money pools in Dream11 than conventional betting.
Dream11 has turned into India’s biggest fantasy based game and has quickly spawned a number of similar cricket betting apps to crop up as well. While the following explainer of ‘How to play Dream11’ is based on the Dream11 app, it is usable for most other similar fantasy sports apps as well.
Also, cricket is by far the most popular game on the Dream11 app so we will be using that as an example but Dream11 also offers Football, Hockey, Basketball, and Kabaddi as well.
Here at OCB you will find Dream11 predictions for all the big cricket matches - and most of the smaller ones as well.
We try to get our predictions out early so you can get a feel for what we are looking for. Here we will share our recommended lineup, brief analysis on our thinking of saif lineup and who we think will be in the playing 11.
Most often we will give an updated prediction after the toss has been done with and the playing 11 has settled, so for those that prefer to wait until close to the batting starts can get our latest thoughts on our Dream11 prediction at our website or in our community on our Facebook group or in Telegram.
All of our Dream11 predictions are written by our resident betting experts. They make their analysis of the games when they write their regular match predictions as well and combine their findings into fantasy tips and betting predictions.
Getting started playing Dream11 is quite easy. Just follow these simple steps:
There are more nuances to it than that, but it is really simple to get started. Here are some more details on the various steps.
For Apple users: The Dream11 app is available to be downloaded for free from the App Store on Apple devices. Just open the App Store on your Apple device and press download. You will be required to register with a username and password as well as keep a name for your team.
For Android users: Google Play Store has some restrictions which prevent it from offering money games on its store. If you download the app from the Google Play Store then you will be restricted to playing free games only. To download the full version of the Dream11 app on Android, a few more steps are involved.
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You can click on the ‘Let’s Play’ Button if you are a new user or Log In if you have already made an account in the past. New users can use Facebook, Google, their mobile number, or register with Dream11 directly.
You will see a list of upcoming matches on the Dream11 home screen. The matches are usually arranged as per the ones scheduled to start the earliest but the app will try to promote international matches above others deemed less popular.
Click on any match that you want to play. For the purpose of this article, we will select the South Africa vs England match.
This is the fun part and where you can show off your cricket knowledge!
The Dream11 app will guide you through the process of team formation keeping a few rules in place.
Dream11 is pretty good with its cues to make the learning curve very easy. You will be prompted to make changes if any of the above rules are not being met.
There are a couple of things that must be kept in mind while creating a successful Dream11 team.
There are ‘Mega Contests’ where the prize pool can be in crores of rupees or smaller contests with smaller prize money. The chances of winning are more in the smaller contests and so they are more attractive to regular players. Choose a contest as per the amount of money you can comfortably stake (and lose).
You can make multiple teams and enter them in the same pool or in different pools.
Dream11 will lock the teams after the cutoff time and allow no changes to any side. You can view the other teams at the time of cutoff. The points are also updated as the match goes on, usually with about an over’s lag.
The results of the contest are announced after the match is over and all the points have been updated. You will get a notification on your email ID or phone number letting you know of the contest joined and any prize money won.
Dream11 is like any of the other betting sites - you need pre-pay your account to start competing, no credit playing here.
There is a small icon in the top left-hand corner of the home screen. You can click on that to reveal many options, one of which is ‘My Balance’. You can click on this to see your current balance on the Dream11 app.
There is an option to ‘Add Cash’ right below your balance as well. Click on the option to go to the next page. You can choose the amount you want to add here. By clicking on the ‘Add Cash’ option once again, you will then be taken to the payments page.
Options to add money via Debit card, Credit Card, Net Banking, Wallets (like Paytm), or UPI are available.
To withdraw money, users must have verified their Mobile number, their Email address, their PAN number, and their Bank Account. Click on the ‘My Balance’ option and follow the prompts from there.
Once all of these have been verified, the winnings can be removed from Dream11’s app directly into your account.
We paid one the more successful Dream11 players to share some of his secrets.
Here is what he had to say:
Earlier, before the latest rule update, choosing a team in Dream11 was more strategic. However, with users now allowed to change their teams until the official match start time, a lot of luck factor is introduced now there isn't as much research required as it used to be.
More often than not, picking eleven certain starters used to do the trick which was more strategic as one had to keep track of the latest happenings in the cricketing world.
However, with the new changes, the luck factor is introduced with almost all teams likely to have all its players playing. One thing which I'd like to point out is that you can advise users to not to join a contest until the last thirty minutes as joining early and then forgetting to change the team after the toss could prove to be a difference in a win and a loss.
Another important strategy which I follow is to try and pick top-order batsmen from both sides. T20 is a short format and there is a high probability that players coming down the order may not get to bat - which means they will be wasted as far as scoring points in fantasy cricket are concerned. Also, try to pick the wicket-keeper who plays higher in the batting order.
Bowling-wise, I pick the bowlers who are more likely to bowl during the death overs. Since batsmen have no option but to go at the bowlers, the chances of getting a wicket or more are high which create a difference of 10 points.
There are a couple of other important things that I consider while picking a team. I usually take into account the kind of surface. If the surface is good for fast bowlers - I make my dream11 bowling unit pacer-heavy, and similarly, I include bowlers if the wicket is spinner friendly.
Captains and Vice Captains are important in the game. For Captain, I try to pick a player who bats in the top-order and bowls well with the bat. For example - Sunil Narine and to a certain extent Suresh Raina. Same goes for the vice-captain as well.
I usually try to keep it simple and follow the following main points. Obviously, it varies a tad match to match, I do not deviate drastically from this strategy.
That is the basic outline of the strategy I follow.