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One way to keep online sports betting exciting is to bet on live games.
That’s right – you can wager on games or matches while they unfold.
For some players live – or in-play betting is about excitement. Watching the game on second, then betting on what you think will happen the next.
And for others, like experienced bettors, live betting is about the opportunities that can come up you’d otherwise not find in a pre-game selection of lines.
Speaking of which, I’ll be sharing a few live betting strategies in a minute. But first, let’s look at the best sportsbooks for in-play betting. Then a general overview of live betting.
888 Sports – Plenty of betting options both live and pre-game. They have an offer where you can triple your winnings on your first bet. We’ve given them a high rating too. Now they also have improved their live betting (and regular betting) page and it runs very smoothly.
Bet365 – Another high rated sportsbook. You can get a 100% match up to $100 on your first deposit. They stream 70,000+ cricket matches each year too. As with 888sport, they have also moved their site to HTML 5 technology and now runs a lot better.
Bovada – One of the best options for Americans. They offer a 50% match bonus up to $250. A great looking, mobile-friendly site.
We recommend each book. But if you want to learn more before you sign up, you can also check out our reviews.
Or you can continue reading below to learn more about in-play betting, how it works, and the types of bets you can make.
Live betting is similar to ‘normal’ betting.
Odds are available shortly before a game starts. And you’ll notice that once one book opens the odds for a game, most books follow immediately after.
This can be a good time to line shop. So, you’ll want to be on your toes.
(In fact, you’ll want to be on your toes – period — if you plan to bet live.)
The betting process – choosing lines, placing bets, etc. — is the same as normal betting. You’ll just want to pull up the screen and refresh it every few seconds/minutes to see the most current/available odds.
Some books updated their odds in real time (no refresh necessary). Just make sure you know what your bookmaker does. Don’t assume – otherwise you might miss an opportunity.
From there you’ll choose your bets, fill out your ticket, and then confirm your wager.
The type of bets you can make will vary from sport to sport. In some cases the bets you can make will be exclusive to live betting, while in others they’ll be the same bets you can make even if the game weren’t live.
Here’s a small sample of in-play bets you can make:
Pretty straightforward. Do keep in mind the selection of bets you can make will vary based on the sport/game AND the bookmaker. So you might want to have accounts at a few different books.
We want to give you a few tips before you start betting live. These are in no particular order.
One thing to keep in mind – we got these tips from various members of online forums.
Oh, and one common tip from all members is that you should know the sport you’re betting on. Which means you should have some cricket knowledge.
Anyway, let’s get into the tips.
Hopefully these help. But, of course, your mileage will vary.