Some of you might have a long betting history behind you, while others have only recently started their betting journey. It’s always difficult to make the first steps because you have many questions, everything looks confusing and you feel overwhelmed with loads of new information.
The bottom-line is that you might merely drop out.
In order to keep you from doing this, I will help you a little. In this article I will talk about the most common betting types; but here’s what goes first: you should decide which sport you want to bet on. It doesn’t have to be necessarily only one sport, it can be 2 or 3 (maximum 4). The idea is that you should be sports-wise, in other words, follow matches/games, keep the track of the statistics, know players and be up-to-date with the latest events. But if you choose to follow 10 sports, most probably, you will burn out. To avoid it, just stick to few sports which you like the most and at which you feel rather confident.
I personally follow football and tennis. For now, I will focus only on football betting and how to bet world cup (as it is one of the most popular betting markets especially now with the World cup series). Here are the betting types I recommend you (as a beginner) to pay attention not to overcomplicate things.
Correct Score – you name the correct score of a match, as easy as that. You should use this bet pretty much never as in 99% of all cases you will not guess it.
The Full Time Result – you name the result of a match. Here you have only 3 options: win, lose or draw. I like this bet because, if you follow matches and know what to expect from a certain team, you have big chances of winning.
Half Time – Full Time Result – you predict a team to lead in the first half (45 minutes) and a team to win the full match (90 minutes).
First/Last Goalscorer- the name is self-explanatory. If you follow players’ progress, then you know who scores and how often.. For instance, you might be sure that James Rodriguez will score (he didn’t won the Golden Boot for nothing, did he?); the tricky part is to try to guess whether he’ll be the first or the last one to net the ball? There is also an option to place a bet on a player to score at any time.
Total Goals Over/Under – try to guess whether the total goals will be over or under the given number (usually, it’s 2.5). If you think the total number of goals will be over 2.5, it means that both teams have to score the total of 3 goals or more; if they score only 2 goals – you lose. This bet might seem a bit complicated in the beginning, but it’s actually not.
Take your time to understand betting basics and in a while you’ll feel ready for more advanced information. For now, these bets will save you a lot of time and nerves, so don’t hesitate and place your first winning bet!