Punter2Pro https://punter2pro.com Fri, 07 May 2021 01:29:03 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://i2.wp.com/punter2pro.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-favicon-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Punter2Pro https://punter2pro.com 32 32 114920795 April 2021 | Top Horse Racing Tipsters Of The Month https://punter2pro.com/april-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=april-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month https://punter2pro.com/april-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month/#respond Fri, 07 May 2021 01:06:51 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12452 Here’s the top 10 Horse Racing Tipsters for April 2021. I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review. ...

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Here’s the top 10 Horse Racing Tipsters for April 2021.

I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review.

The following stats assume a flat £20 stake was placed on every horse racing tip.


Rank

Tipster

Tips

ROI

Profit

1 CD Systems Daily Bargain 29 51.70% £300.00 SUBSCRIBE »
2 Underdog Racing Tips 66 47.20% £1,683.19 SUBSCRIBE »
3 Value Ratings 76 37.10% £584.00 SUBSCRIBE »
4 Boro 47 30.70% £349.98 SUBSCRIBE »
5 WannaWin BM 78 26.40% £420.00 SUBSCRIBE »
6 Omaha Racing 30 79.00% £474.18 SUBSCRIBE »
7 BoomBoom 55 26.40% £290.59 SUBSCRIBE »
8 Shrewd Tips 140 25.70% £719.66 SUBSCRIBE »
9 SVB Tips 170 21.80% £742.40 SUBSCRIBE »
10 Strict Rule Jumps 27 19.90% £107.35 SUBSCRIBE »

Also see the Top Football Tipsters for April 2021.


Best Tipsters

Best Tipsters

You can also find more tipsters using one of the Best Sports Tipster Sites.

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April 2021 | Top Football Tipsters Of The Month https://punter2pro.com/april-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=april-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month https://punter2pro.com/april-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month/#respond Fri, 07 May 2021 00:28:19 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12450 Here’s the top 10 Football Tipsters for April 2021. I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review. The ...

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Here’s the top 10 Football Tipsters for April 2021.

I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review.

The following stats assume a flat £20 stake was placed on every football tip.


Rank

Tipster

Tips

ROI

Profit

1 Billy Picks 25 51.80% £259.22 SUBSCRIBE »
2 German High Limit 56 33.00% £369.27 SUBSCRIBE »
3 weBET Football World 98 24.20% £473.43 SUBSCRIBE »
4 Akka Master 53 20.90% £221.05 SUBSCRIBE »
5 Zeta Bet 31 20.60% £127.68 SUBSCRIBE »
6 Post Corona Football 131 20.40% £534.12 SUBSCRIBE »
7 Ballersland 31 20.20% £125.06 SUBSCRIBE »
8 Penal07 50 19.00% £189.51 SUBSCRIBE »
9 Zenith 290 18.40% £1,064.23 SUBSCRIBE »
10 Bet Supplier 133 12.10% £411.73 SUBSCRIBE »

Also see the Top Horse Racing Tipsters for April 2021.

 

Best Tipsters

Best Tipsters

You can also find more tipsters using one the Best Sports Tipster Sites.

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Grand National 2021: Should You Follow The Money? https://punter2pro.com/grand-national-2021-follow-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grand-national-2021-follow-money https://punter2pro.com/grand-national-2021-follow-money/#respond Sat, 01 May 2021 00:33:41 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12428 When it comes to betting, we like to think of odds and markets as following a logical path. The best team, player, horse, etc., is backed as favourite because there ...

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When it comes to betting, we like to think of odds and markets as following a logical path. The best team, player, horse, etc., is backed as favourite because there seems to be an overwhelming sense that it is the most likely to win. It’s the reason you would know – without looking at the odds – that Man City and Bayern are favourites for the Champions League. Or that the odds will drop for the LA Lakers when there is news of a Lebron James injury. 

But when it comes to horse racing, the markets can be a little more unorthodox and sensitive. Often, it is a case of the betting markets following the money.

 

Horse Racing Market Movers

A good example of a market mover was in the 2016 Gold Cup, when the odds for Don Cossack started to plummet overnight, and the Gigginstown horse eventually went off as a 9/4 hot-favourite. In this case, punters were right and the price was evidently justified, as Don Cossack romped home with Bryan Cooper in the saddle. 

However, these market movers don’t always come off. Often the markets get it wrong, and follow the crowd onto a selection that’s somewhat overhyped. That might be the case with next week’s Grand National Betting.

 

Cloth Cap Is Clear Favourite

Minella Times was available at 40/1 in late February, and the horse is now trending somewhere between 10/1-12/1 in the ante-post markets for the race. Minella Times is still not the favourite – that honour goes to Cloth Cap – but to see the odds slashed so dramatically is intriguing. The question is, why?

The most obvious answer seems to be the combination of Minella Times’ trainer Henry de Bromhead and (potential) rider Rachael Blackmore. If you follow racing, you will know that the pair had a tremendous Cheltenham Festival, with de Bromhead becoming the first trainer to land the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup and Blackmore becoming the first woman to win the former and be leading jockey at the festival. 

So, after that dominant showing at Cheltenham, punters started to look at de Bromhead’s Grand National chances: Chris’s Dream, Plan of Attack, Balko des Flos and Minella Times. The consensus from punters is that Blackmore will choose the latter, and thus the money started coming in. While the market is not dictated by cash alone, the bookmakers would have surely reacted to some large bets. 

 

Unexposed Minella Times Has Potential

Have punters erred? Minella Times is, by all accounts, a decent horse. Unexposed, there have been a few hints to say that Minella Times might one day step up in stature and become a force.

On the other hand, the horse lacks all the ‘box ticks’ that usually defines a Grand National-winning horse: winning over 3m, having Aintree experience, appearing in another National (Welsh, Irish, Scottish). Minella Times has none of those on its resume. So we’re considering just two things – potential and the Blackmore/de Bromhead effect.


when it comes to horse racing, we know that the markets can be a little more unorthodox and sensitive. Often, it is a case of the betting markets following the money.

Of course, Minella Times’ underexposure meant that the horse got a light touch from the handicapper.

When the initial list of runners was announced in February, Minella Times got 10st 3lbs, 58th overall from the handicapper. With Santini’s withdrawal on the last weekend of March, it was only then that Minella Times moved into the top 40 positions, i.e., was guaranteed a place in the race.

In the end, some scepticism is required.

Yes, we are talking about a trainer and jockey in incredible form. But unless you have seen something in Minella Times to suggest the odds have not yet shortened enough, you might consider placing your money elsewhere. No doubt a lot of punters will take a chance on Minella regardless.

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Explaining The Rapid Growth of Online Sports Gambling in the UK https://punter2pro.com/explaining-rapid-growth-online-sports-gambling-uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=explaining-rapid-growth-online-sports-gambling-uk https://punter2pro.com/explaining-rapid-growth-online-sports-gambling-uk/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2021 23:59:57 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12354 Online gambling first became legal in the UK in 2003 following proposed changes by the Culture Secretary. The new bill was set out to keep pace with developments in modern ...

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Online gambling first became legal in the UK in 2003 following proposed changes by the Culture Secretary. The new bill was set out to keep pace with developments in modern technology — which was already spawning new ways to bet.

Online betting UK has seen a dramatic change from then to now. The amount of people engaging in online betting has increased enormously, for reasons I discuss in this article.

 

The Growing Popularity of Sports Betting

UK online gambling has seen a 19% gross gaming revenue (GGR) increase per annum since 2003. Back then just 4% of the total GGR was from online gambling. In 2019 that figure had grown to 45%. 

According to data gathered by the majority of operators working in the UK market, there has been a month by month increase in online sports betting revenue. In fact, Sports betting revenue rose by 53% from £189.7m in September of 2019 to £290.1m at the end of 2020. This figure represents a significant portion of the overall yield from online gambling in the UK.

The growing number of active gamblers, along with increasing volumes of bets placed, has contributed to the surge in online sports betting. But exactly what factors have lead to this rise in the online gambling sector? Why has the industry grown so substantially?

 

Changing Habits

Betting on sports has gradually moved away from venues and physical bookmakers to the online sphere. 

The majority of today’s sports lovers are already connected to the web via computers, tablets and smartphones throughout the day. So, naturally, placing bets is far easier now than it ever was before online betting sites came along. The smartphone alone has been a major factor in the explosion of online casino usage throughout the world — offering gaming entertainment and thrills directly from a handheld mobile device.

The result of quick & easy access to gambling sites is, of course, an increase in the volume of bets being placed. But also consider that online gambling has enabled modern players to explore other ways to bet — such as dabbling in casino gaming, slots, poker, and bingo. Players’ exposure to new gambling products has altered consumer habits, adding to the growth of the industry as a whole.

 

Immersion

Increased engagement is another reason why online sports gambling has grown so prominently in recent years.

The latest apps and smartphones have helped to create a smooth, immersive experience for playing casino games, placing sports bets, or watching live events. For instance, the graphics and visualisations incorporated into online slot machines move with the times — whereas physical machinery becomes stagnant over years of operation.

Colourful animations, images, videos and other rich features — such as live odds and statistics during sports events — are incorporated into gambling sites thanks to online technology. As a result, Sports fans feel closer and more immersed in the events they hold a stake in, and regularly come back for more.

Live betting along with live streaming, in particular, is undoubtedly a major contributor to the success of online sports betting. Today’s sports bettors are able to watch games at home from the wide array of sports channel packages available, with the latest odds at their fingertips.

 

More Markets

Another big reason for the success of online gambling is the sheer convenience and accessibility of sports betting options.

By simply logging on to an online provider a player can view all of the markets available for an event without ever leaving the home. The depth of coverage is enormous, and far greater than traditional physical-based bookmakers have ever offered.

Bettors are able place bets at any time of the day, on a multitude of niche markets from popular events taking place all over the world, using multiple bookmakers if need be. This was barely conceivable in the mid 90’s, and started to become a reality by 2003.

 

Improved Security

Security could’ve become a major stumbling block for online gambling. But one of the ways that sports betting operators have continued to evolve is to harness the speed and convenience of online technology while maintaining maximum protection to customers’ deposits.

Strong security measures — including high level encryption from betting sites and associated e-wallets — makes sports gambling an increasingly attractive proposition for those seeking assurance that their funds are well looked after. 

Gambling regulations in the UK have also tightened up in recent years, which provides another layer of assurance. UK players can now only use gambling sites that hold a local licence from the UK Gambling Commission. Sites with a UK licence must adhere to strict rules — especially when it comes to handling and protecting funds. Thus the major online sports betting operators must not act unprofessionally, as doing so would put their UK licence, and therefore customer base, in serious jeopardy.

Insolvency issues, as with any business, do still arise in online gambling. So players are strongly advised to stick to the major brands, and to research the level of protection available to customers given the worst case scenario of the gambling site winding up.

 

More Promotions

Online sports betting has brought players a wide range of promotions and offers to make playing more attractive.

Online bonuses are larger and more valuable than those offered by traditional physical-based bookmakers. This is partly due to the fact that the online gambling market has so much competition; so gambling sites need to be competitive in order to gain attention from players.

Today, bonuses and promotions are a weekly — or even daily — offering at the major sports betting sites. Many of the promos are to the customer’s benefit (i.e. it’s more valuable to the player than the bookmaker). This obviously helps to entice customers back onto the site, and usually has the result of generating more betting activity in the long run.

 

The Growth Of UK Gambling — Summary

Accessibility, ease, variety of options, security and a heightened sense of immersion are all contributors to the success of UK online sports gambling. As players become more accustomed to placing wagers on smartphones and computers, the online market share of sports gambling looks set to increase further. 

The technologically adept and online savvy bettors of the modern world demand information and entertainment in a remarkably different context to previous eras. At least for most of us, the days of huddling into a bookies to watch the race or game are a thing of the past.

With online technology finding a way into almost every area of our everyday lives online gambling is undoubtedly here to stay and, if regulations permit, will grow as new products and improved apps continue to enhance the seemingly advanced experience we already have today.

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Could 2021 be the Hornets Year? — NBA Championship https://punter2pro.com/could-2021-be-hornets-year-nba-championship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=could-2021-be-hornets-year-nba-championship https://punter2pro.com/could-2021-be-hornets-year-nba-championship/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:34:20 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12348 If you were to take a look at the DraftKings NBA betting you’d have to scroll some way down to find the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Championship odds. Is ...

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If you were to take a look at the DraftKings NBA betting you’d have to scroll some way down to find the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Championship odds.

Is that fair though? Do the Hornets actually have a great chance of going further than the Eastern Conference semi-finals and succeeding in the play-offs for the first time in their history? 

 

The Hornets’ Season So Far

It has been a while since the Hornets featured in the postseason reckoning, so it has come as a surprise to many outside of North Carolina to see the team fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.

With plenty of games left to play, many are suggesting that the Hornets’ performances thus far have more to do with the underperformance of teams like the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat.

However, that’s a somewhat reductive argument that does not take into account the talent in the Hornets team and their potential staying power. 

The Hornets have looked solid, if not spectacular throughout the majority of this season thus far and are on an upward trajectory. Terry Rozier and Devonte Graham have been putting in steady performances and Gordon Hayward has injected an element of class into this team after joining on a four-year $120 million deal in the offseason.

However, that said, when the Hornets have come up against on-form sides this season they have unfortunately come up short. Their performances against weaker sides have propelled them to their current position in the standings, but they will need to improve against tougher opponents to maintain a playoff push.

 

Areas for Concern

Cody Zeller is not the type of player that you would associate with a Championship winning side, but Hornets fans were left dreaming of the big man earlier this season when he was injured and Bismack Biyombo stepped into his place.

During that period, Biyombo averaged 6.3 points and 6.5 boards which made Zeller’s 9.2 points and 8.4 boards in nine games look amazing. What that tells Hornets fans though, is that their team is incredibly weak at center rotation.

If that were the only area of weakness in this Hornets team, an argument could be made that they could overcome this and sustain a successful playoff push. Unfortunately though, the injury to LaMelo Ball has raised further concerns.


LaMelo Ball’s breakout season has been setback by a wrist injury


Ball, who has performed solidly in his rookie season has only just undergone surgery on a damaged wrist. Last week he made his return, watching from the bench as his side fell to defeat against the Phoenix Suns.

It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that a wrist injury in basketball can be a big problem, particularly for a young player who is trying to make his mark on the game.

Without Ball, the Hornets offense has looked labored and predictable and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Ball will not only need to return to full fitness, but he will also need to readjust to the pace of the NBA.

This will take time, and for a team that needs to be firing on all cylinders to feasibly make the playoffs, Ball’s injury could be terminal to those hopes.

 

Areas for Optimism

Although there are considerable hurdles in place for the Hornets in the remainder of the season, it’s not all doom and gloom in North Carolina. After all, they are sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference and that’s not the position of a bad team.

In our areas for concern we pinpointed the center rotation as a weak point for this team, but it could equally be seen as an area for optimism. There’s no doubt that Bismack Biyambo is no Joel Embiid or Rudy Gobert, but the fact that the Hornets maintained decent form with him in the team is impressive.

If the Hornets form had fallen off a cliff following the injury of Zeller, few fans could have complained, but it didn’t and that’s commendable.

Looking at more tangible positives, the performances of Gordon Hayward have been pleasing for Hornets fans. The former Jazz and Celtics man has looked worth every cent of his multi-million deal thus far this season.

At one point in January he was averaging 27.1 points per game and whilst he may have dropped off from those heights, he is still averaging 19.9 points, almost 5 points higher than his career average.

The Hornets have won a number of games this season by slender margins and Hayward’s performances have been key to that. The injury suffered to Ball will heap further pressure on Hayward’s shoulders, but he’s more than capable of handling that.

Especially with players like Terry Rozier – who is playing the best basketball of his career – stepping in to shoulder the burden. Prior to this season, Rozier was averaging 10.9 points a game, but this season he has been hitting 20.7 points per game. 

If these two can keep the Hornets ticking over whilst Ball returns to match sharpness, then Hornets fans have every right to start dreaming of the playoffs.


Terry Rozier has been a standout player for the Hornets this season


What’s Success?

The Charlotte Hornets’ chances of finishing the season with an NBA Championship are slim to none, no one can deny that. But that doesn’t mean that their season is doomed to failure.

No one expected the Hornets to be featuring in the playoff reckoning at the beginning of the season, so to even be involved in that conversation at this stage of the season must be seen as a success.

With the extended route to the playoffs this season there’s also no reason to think that the Hornets will miss out on the playoffs. After a good couple of years of mediocrity a trip to the playoffs will help to energize the fanbase as well as providing a platform for progression next season.

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March 2021 | Top Horse Racing Tipsters Of The Month https://punter2pro.com/march-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=march-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month https://punter2pro.com/march-2021-top-horse-racing-tipsters-of-the-month/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:08:12 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12297 Here’s the top 10 Horse Racing Tipsters for March 2021. I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review. ...

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Here’s the top 10 Horse Racing Tipsters for March 2021.

I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review.

The following stats assume a flat £20 stake was placed on every horse racing tip.


Rank

Tipster

Tips

ROI

Profit

1 Underdog Racing Tips 87 171.10% £2,977.13 SUBSCRIBE »
2 The Banker 81 103.90% £1,683.19 SUBSCRIBE »
3 WannaWin BM 67 85.00% £1,138.50 SUBSCRIBE »
4 Tip Tip Hooray 33 112.90% £745.00 SUBSCRIBE »
5 AG Tips 85 52.80% £277.33 SUBSCRIBE »
6 The Morning Tip 30 60.80% £365.00 SUBSCRIBE »
7 Onyx 39 54.30% £423.79 SUBSCRIBE »
8 OnTheNose 29 52.30% £293.38 SUBSCRIBE »
9 Improvers 65 48.20% £626.60 SUBSCRIBE »
10 Parabola Bets 147 59.10% £1,456.48 SUBSCRIBE »

Also see the Top Football Tipsters for March 2021.


Best Tipsters

Best Tipsters

You can also find more tipsters using one of the Best Sports Tipster Sites.

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March 2021 | Top Football Tipsters Of The Month https://punter2pro.com/march-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=march-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month https://punter2pro.com/march-2021-top-football-tipsters-of-the-month/#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 22:42:49 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12295 Here’s the top 10 Football Tipsters for March 2021. I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review. The ...

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Here’s the top 10 Football Tipsters for March 2021.

I’ve used Tipstrr to produce the list. All records are thoroughly proofed. To learn more, check out my Tipstrr Review.

The following stats assume a flat £20 stake was placed on every football tip.


Rank

Tipster

Tips

ROI

Profit

1 German High Limit 34 72.20% £491.00 SUBSCRIBE »
2 ROI Hero 61 28.40% £346.80 SUBSCRIBE »
3 Major 1x2x3 78 22.30% £348.12 SUBSCRIBE »
4 SoccerSoda 30 17.90% £107.10 SUBSCRIBE »
5 Bet Supplier 90 15.40% £277.33 SUBSCRIBE »
6 Betting Superstar 22 14.90% £65.60 SUBSCRIBE »
7 Araya 58 14.60% £168.90 SUBSCRIBE »
8 Akka Master 40 14.20% £113.53 SUBSCRIBE »
9 Asenlv 305 13.90% £847.43 SUBSCRIBE »
10 AASportsinvesting 190 13.30% £527.40 SUBSCRIBE »

Also see the Top Horse Racing Tipsters for March 2021.

 

Best Tipsters

Best Tipsters

You can also find more tipsters using one the Best Sports Tipster Sites.

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An Introduction To Online Betting Bonuses (Casino & Sports) https://punter2pro.com/introduction-online-betting-bonuses/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introduction-online-betting-bonuses https://punter2pro.com/introduction-online-betting-bonuses/#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:00:09 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12236 Bonuses and free spins might sound too good to be true (and in some cases they are). But new and existing sports and casino players should be aware of the ...

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Bonuses and free spins might sound too good to be true (and in some cases they are). But new and existing sports and casino players should be aware of the potential benefits to claiming promotions offered by reputable betting sites.

 

Why Bonuses Exist

Gambling sites attract new and recurring business through the bonus schemes and rewards they provide. So casino and sports betting promotions are basically customer incentives.

Most bonuses boost players’ winnings or reduce their losses, making it more enjoyable — and less expensive — for gamblers that opted in. Naturally some gambling sites are more generous with their promotions than others.

 

Types of Promotions

Promotions come in various formats and are rewarded to players depending on their eligibility criteria. For instance, to new players, or to those most loyal to the site.

Players can save time finding safe places to play by exploring the Top10casinos.com portal. In addition to listing the best online casinos, the site also makes it easy to find a wide range of promotions — whether you’re keen on spinning reels or prefer old school table games.


Free Cash

Free cash is mainly offered by online casinos and appears as regular cash balance in your account. The free cash can’t usually be placed on Progressive Jackpot slots — but players can use it on the vast majority of other games.

These promotions are excellent because there’s a chance to win real cash without making a deposit. This makes it the ideal bonus for newcomers wanting to try out a casino without the risk of losing money. Or even for experienced players looking to try out new games before playing with their own money.

Free cash tends to have the same sort of value as free spins (around £5-15).


Free Spins

Slots are the biggest gaming category at online casinos, with more than £2bn wagered on them from UK players alone in 2019. As such, free spin bonuses are among the most common no deposit promos players can claim, and come as stand-alone special offers or are thrown in as part of another promotion (e.g. a welcome bonus).

Unlike ‘Free Cash’ bonuses, Free spins aren’t usually credited as part of your account balance, but can be redeemed at eligible machines — such as the ‘Age of the Gods’ slots by Playtech.

Free spins are frequently used by betting sites and software developers to promote new games, and enable players to take fresh releases for a test drive to find out how they stack up graphically, and in terms of gameplay.

Unlike deposit bonuses (see below), Free spins generally already have a preset wager (i.e. 1x wagering requirement) and all you have to do is make the Free spin and wait to see whether it generates you a profit.

Free spins are worth a relatively modest sum, often around the £5-15 mark.


Free Sports Bets

Many online casinos also have a sports betting platform where players can claim free bets as part of a welcome package. Occasionally free sports bets are tied to a specific event — such as the Cheltenham festival or Champions League final.

Free bets can be used on any market, provided the minimum odds requirement is met. The terms aren’t anywhere near as strict as those attached to casino bonuses.

While the majority of players simply place their free bet on the sport they follow most, others choose to take full advantage of the promotion by extracting a guaranteed from it. This can be achieved by backing one outcome of a sports event using the Free bet, while simultaneously betting against it at another sports betting site (usually a betting exchange). This is known as Matched Betting.

Learn how Matched Betting works

Remember that Free bets come with no downside when you lose. So you always have the option to bet on a long shot that you wouldn’t usually chance.


Tournament Bonuses

Casino Tournaments can be dangerous — so proceed with care, or simply stay away.

Gamblers who enjoy playing slot machines can participate in tournaments. The objective is to win the most money on a specific game or slot by the end of a given time period in order to claim a prize. Typical prizes include free spins, cash, or items such as gadgets and merchandise.

If you ever decide to enter a slots tournament, it’s strongly advisable to maintain a sensible, fixed stake size and to refrain from betting any more than you usually would. That way you stand a chance of winning a prize at no extra expense. Otherwise, you stand to lose a lot of money by attempting to ‘race’ towards a profit.


Deposit Bonuses

Deposit bonuses are offered to new and existing casino (and some sportsbook) players. These almost always require a minimum deposit amount, as well as entering a promotional code (or opting in) to claim the bonus.

For instance, the casino might offer to double the initial deposit up to certain amount. In this scenario, depositing £100 will show £200 in the account balance.

Other casinos offer a fixed welcome bonus. So for example, whatever amount you deposit, so long as you meet the minimum deposit for the bonus, your account is credited with an additional fixed amount (such as £50).

It’s worth noting that majority of deposit bonuses are aimed at slots players, because other games (such as blackjack) are not eligible during bonus playthrough, or otherwise count very little towards it. Players must thoroughly check the bonus terms and conditions to ensure the offer is suitable.

 

Meeting T&Cs & Cashing Out

There are certain conditions that need to be satisfied before completing a bonus and/or cashing out.


Wagering Requirements

Players can’t just immediately cash out a bonus, otherwise online betting sites would be literally giving money away. And the single biggest hurdle to overcome is the wagering requirement.

The wagering requirement is the total amount of wagering required, expressed in terms of the bonus’ value, before a withdrawal will be accepted. For instance, a “30x bonus” requirement means a £10 bonus requires £300 in total wagers (on eligible games).

Obviously the lower the wagering requirement, the more chance you have of withdrawing at a profit. And that’s precisely the problem; occasionally you’ll find a ludicrously high WR (200x bonus, for example) which drastically erodes the value of the promotion, rendering it completely worthless.


Eligible Games

Casino bonuses, in particular, restrict which games bonuses can be played on. Only certain games are eligible.

It’s vitally import to check this before accepting a bonus. You don’t want to be betting through your wager requirement, believing that you’re clearing it, when really you’ve already voided the terms of the promotion, or have simply been draining your own bankroll the whole time.


Withdrawal Caps

Look out for withdrawal caps. This limits cash outs from a bonus to a fixed value, such as £100.

Most special offers feature this type of restriction — although the limits aren’t consistent between different sites.


Time Limits

Most bonuses expire after a given time frame (e.g. 30 days) after it was claimed. Therefore its important to assess whether you’ll have the time to play through it.

 

The Importance of Licensing and Trust

Lastly, before claiming a bonus, consider that online betting has never been more competitive — so there’s a vast array of casinos and sportsbooks to choose from.

Sports and casino players alike should always look for sites holding the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and Malta Gaming Authority licences, which are two of the top authorities in the world. This alone doesn’t guarantee a seamless service — but it’s certainly a good starting point.

Take the time to delve deeper into a site’s online reputation, too. While no gambling site will have perfect reviews (as losing bettors often post negative feedback), multiple stories of non-payments and voided winnings reeks of foul play. Indeed most major gambling sites value customer retention — but others, unfortunately, regularly make highly dubious decisions (e.g. voiding a winning F1 bet if a driver starts from the pit lane).


By all means, take advantage of online betting bonuses. But don’t just jump at any promotion you see. Instead, be selective with the sites you use, and always check the fine print. 

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The 2020 Masters getting postponed until November turned out to be a blessing in disguise for golf fans. Just a few months later, and the world is about to descend on Augusta National Golf Club once again, as the 2021 tournament is preparing to kick off.

 

2021 PGA Masters

This year’s event takes place between Monday, April 5 and Sunday, April 11. Unlike last year’s event, which was held behind closed doors, spectators will return for 2021, although there will still be changes.

For the second year in a row, the traditional Par 3 Contest won’t be played. But luckily, everything else that makes the master’s so iconic remains in place.

The tournament remains the most prestigious in the golfing calendar, with only a select few invited to participate. And the prize remains the same – to get the famous green jacket and become part of the most exclusive club in the golf world.

Just five months after winning with a record score of 268, 20-under-par, Dustin Johnson is hoping to keep the title for another year. But what are his chances – and who are his biggest rivals?

 

The Top Players To Look Out For This Year


Dustin Johnson

According to the latest odds provided by American sportsbooks, Dustin Johnson remains the favourite. It’s the quickest time any Masters champion has had to return to defend their title, and nothing has changed out of his favor in the last five months.

His closest rival according to several online sportsbooks is Jon Rahm. He’s second to Johnson in the world rankings but has never pulled off a major tournament win.

This could change this year, with his 10-1 odds average placing him second to Johnson’s 6-1. He has five PGA tour victories to date, but his best Master’s score was his fourth place finish in 2018.

Last year, he came seventh – could he pull off a shock victory just a few months later? The odds don’t want you to rule it out.


Bryson DeChambeau

Another comeback you’re advised not to rule out is that of Bryson DeChambeau. Just months after winning his first US Open, he disappointed, ending the Masters in 34th place.

He blamed that on fatigue, and his standing in predictions for this year has quickly recovered. But he was also favourite to win last year, so let’s see how this one turns out.


Rory McIlroy

Another player who we’ve been holding our breath for over the past few years is Rory McIlroy. For the sixth consecutive year, he’s been coming to the tournament in the hopes of his first Masters win to complete a career Grand Slam.

But the question remains the same. Is this finally going to be the year?


2021 PGA Masters Tournament Tips — Who To Look Out For


Justin Thomas

Former world number 1 Justin Thomas is also leading the pack when it comes to Bookies’ predictions. In 2020, he scored his best ever Master’s result, coming fourth overall.

He has forward momentum coming into this year’s tournament (more on that below), but will that translate to a green jacket? Each of his Master’s performances has improved upon the last, so 2021 could well be his year.


Brooks Koepka

Finally, a comeback for Brooks Koepka could be on the cards. After tying for seventh place in 2020, an impressive result after a year off due to sustained injury, he has momentum behind him.

 

The Key Wins Before The Masters

With only five months between the two tournaments, there haven’t been major changes. But enough has changed to give Dustin Johnson some serious competition.

The aforementioned Brooks Koepka had his first post-injury tour win at the Waste Management Phoenix open in February, his second win at the tournament. And other Masters favourites have pulled off their own impressive PGA tour victories too.


But the question remains the same. Is this finally going to be the year?


Bryson Dechambeau has also pulled off a PGA Win in the past few months, the first player to achieve more than two victories this season. His March win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational saw him back in top form after his shaky Masters outing in November.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas is only continuing to impress in recent tour appearances. In January he came third (behind Harris English and Joaquin Niemann) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

But it was his March win at the Players Championship that has made many speculate that now could be his time. As with The Masters, he has improved on each of his previous outings, and many believe his Players performance was nothing less than a masterclass.

Now with 12 PGA Tour wins to his name, tied with Dustin Johnson, all he needs is a first Master’s to seal the deal and prove he’s one of the world’s best. The odds are very much in his favor.

 

This year’s Masters is set to be one of the closest in recent memory, with several players carrying serious momentum into the tournament. Millions of bets will be placed, and the green jacket really could go to anybody.

But will Dustin win his second Masters, or will somebody defy his odds and romp to victory? We’re excited to find out.

 

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An Introduction To Sports & Casino Betting Strategies https://punter2pro.com/introduction-popular-sports-betting-strategies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introduction-popular-sports-betting-strategies https://punter2pro.com/introduction-popular-sports-betting-strategies/#respond Wed, 24 Mar 2021 01:06:00 +0000 https://punter2pro.com/?p=12226 There aren’t many approaches to gambling that’ll generate consistent profits over the long-term. In this beginner’s article I’ll run through some of the basic principles behind sports and casino strategies ...

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There aren’t many approaches to gambling that’ll generate consistent profits over the long-term. In this beginner’s article I’ll run through some of the basic principles behind sports and casino strategies in order to help increase your chances of success.

 

Why Do So Many Gamblers Fail?

Traditional casino games have a “house edge” built into them, which ensures the casino maintains a mathematical advantage and will profit over time. A similar ‘advantage’ exists in sports betting, too. Bookmakers’ odds carry an edge in their favour, known as the “overround”.

Despite the randomness and human factors ever-present in professional sports, the reality is that sportsbooks still operate in a very similar fashion to casinos: the odds, on average, are not at the required levels to bettors to earn over the long haul.

Sure, there are pricing errors, market misjudgements, and opportunities to be seized if you have the know-how. But by and large, regular sports bettors will not succeed in beating the overround.

Put simply: if you bet like an average gambler then the more you stake, the more you’ll inevitably lose.

 

Exceptions To The Rule

So how is it possible that gamblers can succeed without having any advantage in the casino or sportsbook?


Playing Poker in the Casino

Poker is one exception to the rule — because you’re not playing against the house; you are playing against other players. While luck plays a part in winning, as it does with any competitive game for that matter, Poker is largely a game of skill and calculation. Hence why professional Poker players exist, and earn a full-time living from it.

So Poker is certainly one avenue — albeit a competitive one — for keen players to explore.


Finding Value in Sports Markets

Finding value in sports odds is another avenue for earning in the challenging world of online gambling.

Whether it’s taking advantage of free bets, capitalising on risk-free arbitrage betting opportunities, or seeking overpriced selections, it’s all part of a bigger picture: finding a mathematical advantage.

I’ve featured all of the most profitable approaches to sports betting in my How To Win section.

 

Sports Strategy Basics

Before discussing any specific betting strategies, every bettor needs to appreciate some of the basic principles surrounding sports betting strategy.


Why Apply a Strategy?

The last thing any sports bettor wants to be doing is making random wagers driven by emotion; it rarely leads to long-term, consistent profits. Emotions, positive or negative, cloud your judgement and lead to making weak decisions based on unsubstantial factors.

The majority of successful sports punters employ strategies and systems to remain fully focused on what works. By tailoring a solid strategy driven by statistics, it takes guesswork out of the equation and makes it easier to identify new bets from applying the same working formula.


Betting Strategies vs Wagering Systems

Betting strategies and wagering systems may sound like the same thing but there is a clear distinction between them:

  • Betting strategies refer to tactics you can use to determine what bets to place.
  • Wagering systems are used to determine the amount you’ll place on each bet within your strategy.

A wagering system is typically integrated into your betting strategy with the view to help maximise your results. 

Learn about wagering systems.


Devising a Selection Method

Every profitable betting strategy requires a selection method to identify bets.

This selection method must begin with a sound reason. Because without that, you’ll be mirroring the very same random/erratic behaviours from generations of unsuccessful gamblers.

So, what’s the reason behind your selections?

Consider the two major contributors towards to any selection method:

  1. Risk (Bankroll), and
  2. Reward (value)

1. Risk – how much Bankroll can you risk?

Without a bankroll strategy bettors can end up going broke. To address this risk, bettors often limit themselves to stake sizes of a fixed percentage of their bankroll. For instance, no more than 3% of your starting bankroll on any bet.

While this approach reduces your potential returns on a win, this type of restriction will also limit your losses and reduce the chances of you making large, emotionally-driven bets to regain losses from a losing run.


2. Reward – what’s the potential value to your bets?

Value in your selections is what makes your strategy profitable over the long term. 

The bookmakers set their odds for events based around what they believe is the probability of that outcome happening. This is usually correlated to odds on the betting exchange.

For example, the winner of a tennis match could have odds of 9/1.

This fraction represents a probability, determined by replacing the odds of 9/1 with the letters “A/B”, so that the following formula applies:

  • Probability percentage = B / (A+B). 

For the 9/1 tennis example, the probability = 1 / (9+1), which equals 0.10. Therefore, the probability implied by the bookmaker is 10%. The bookmaker believes the player has a 10% chance of winning the tennis match.

If you determine that the tennis player has a 20% chance of winning the match (i.e. the bookmaker has significantly underestimated the chance), then you have found value in that bet, and it could be worth pursuing.

While this isn’t an entire strategy by itself, it is always worth keeping in mind; this principle must provide the basis for many of your bets.

 

Popular Betting Strategies

Let’s take a closer look at some basic sports betting strategies that you may come across, or be tempted to use in future wagers. I’ll give you my honest views on them.

It’s worth noting that systems like these are perfectly legal and can be used at popular sportsbooks and casino providers such as 20Bet. Check out the 20Bet review on Casino.Guide.


Backing Heavy Favourites

This strategy is well-known and may seem intuitive to beginners: why not bet on the most likely outcome?

Sure it’s simple to back a favourite. You don’t need any skill or knowledge of the sport you’re betting on. All you need to do is find events where there is a clear, heavy favourite to win and place your bet on that favourite.

But that alone doesn’t produce profits. The main downside to backing a heavy favourite is that the return for each bet will be very small — so even though you’ll win a lot of bets, your losses will be proportionately large.

The poor risk-to-reward ratio means backing heavy-favourites doesn’t work — unless the favourite’s price is still undervalued.


Backing The Underdog

This strategy is just as well-known as backing favourites.

Unfortunately backing the underdog doesn’t guarantee success, either. While there are certainly great opportunities to be found in underdogs — i.e. high odds horses that have been severely overlooked by the betting markets — there’s also a lot of accurately priced long odds selections, too.

In addition, the typically high number of consecutive losses before hitting a substantial win can be far too much for the average punter to handle. In other words, you need a large bankroll to cope with a strategy based solely around underdogs.

Due to the high risk, backing underdogs isn’t the best starting point for a strategy. Nonetheless, value can often present itself in long shots; so keep that in mind.


Arbitrage Betting

Arbitrage betting also called “arbing”, is a fairly simple concept: you place a bet on all outcomes of a sporting event, and guarantee a win. Of course, this only works on some events — because betting on both teams isn’t usually profitable.

For arbitrage betting to be successful you must seek different bookmakers offering opposite odds of an event, and place both bets to guarantee yourself a win.

Finding these opportunities takes a lot of research, since you’ll need to continually compare the odds at different bookmakers. You’ll also need to act fast whenever you spot an opportunity, as bookies tend to correct their prices very quickly.

To make arbing a success, bettors require dedicated arbing software to find opportunities.

This system is mathematically sound, and absolutely works.


Focus on One Team

While this might not sound like the most exciting strategy, numerous bettors use it to improve their performance.

By focusing all of your efforts on a single team, you’ll become very familiar with team selections and patterns of play. This helps you to develop an area of expertise and to make more informed decisions. In time, you’ll find it easier to seek out value.

The downside is you’re somewhat limited to betting only when your chosen team is in action, which may just be once per week (during seasons only). You may therefore need to broaden your horizons to a couple of teams — or alternatively just concentrate on a single league or market.

Whether it’s a team, league or specific betting market, it’s important to develop your own speciality in order to discover something that the rest of the public doesn’t already know. That’s how you gain an advantage.


The Martingale System

The Martingale system is an extremely well-known staking plan that can be applied to sports betting and more commonly to online roulette. It rarely has a successful outcome.

The system works by doubling up your next bet after a loss. So if you lost a £20 bet, your next stake would be £40. The idea is that you’ll eventually hit  a win, and the doubled stakes will recoup all your previous losses.

The biggest downside to the Martingale system is that you need to make sure you have enough bankroll to cover long losing streaks, as doubling your stakes can quickly add up. You also need to make sure the odds of each wager are enough to recoup the losses. 

It’s never advisable to use apply the Martingale in your betting system: the long-term impact to your bankroll will be devastating! Instead, focus on strategies that seek some form of advantage over the market, rather than merely relying on luck. 

 

For more on sports betting strategy, check out my Prediction & Analysis section.

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