Jason Heavey

In-Play Betting

by Jason Heavey

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In-Play Betting

A MAJOR change in the world of betting has been the advent of live streaming, which has rapidly become a big attraction for punters across the UK. Live streaming allows bettors to watch a variety of sports events on bookmakers’ websites on their PC, mobile phone or tablet and has made having a punt a much more attractive and fun proposition.

It is especially useful for punters who do not have access to subscription TV services such as Sky, Racing UK or At The Races. All you need to watch live streaming is a reasonable internet connection and off you go...but bear in mind that ‘live’ streaming action is typically delayed for between five and ten seconds.

Live streaming can sometimes be confused with in-play betting, and although the two kind of go hand in hand, they are a different beast.

Who can watch live streaming?

Not everybody can go to an online bookie’s website and watch live streaming. The majority of layers ask people to sign up with them before they are allowed to watch the streams they offer. This is not a huge price to pay to open the floodgates to an array of sport at your fingertips, particularly if you are going to have a bet on the event.

Sites often demand that you place a bet on the event before being allowed to access a stream. For example, bet365 has a 50p win or 25p each-way minimum bet on a horse race. If you place a bet that meets the minimum stake then you can click on the “Watch” button and sit back and watch your horse. So you won’t be breaking the bank to watch a live race and you could make a profit into the bargain.

It’s not just racing

A variety of sports are offered on live streams. Horse racing is the most popular and that is understandable as those having a bet on an individual race would naturally want to watch the action unfold. Similarly, greyhound racing is often found on live streams.

Other sports offered include football, especially European league action. Tennis, cricket and rugby are also popular with bet365 and Betfair, which are two sites that offer a lot of different sporting events.

Some live streams are not offered in particular countries due to licensing rules. For example bet365 shows European football to UK customers while foreign clients can often access UK football.

Live sport archives

If you have had a bet on the horses and miss the live stream then some online bookies offer the option to watch replays. SkyBet and bet365 offer this. Racing replays tend to become available to watch at least 30 minutes after the event has finished. This is a very useful and exciting way for punters to see how their horses have got on. For example, if you have been at work all day and come home and want to check your bet, instead of just looking the racing results you can go on to the racing archive and watch the replays.

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