Cricket betting online probably ranks as the fourth or fifth most popular sport to bet on in the world, depending of course on the country you’re in and the bookmaker in question.
If you’re talking sheer numbers of people and including unlicensed betting in unregulated markets such as in India and Pakistan and extending to offline as well, it could easily rank number one.
But what’s the appeal of cricket betting online, what are the advantages of it in comparison to other sports when it comes to beating the bookies and why do punters carry on flocking to it in droves?
Cricket Betting Online: Explaining its popularity
- It’s on all year – Given the countries that play it, it’s always summer somewhere so there’s always plenty of cricket being played. If it’s not one of those countries hosting an international series against another nation, it’s a big domestic T20 tournament that’s in progress on or an international tournament such as the World Cup, T20 World Cup or ICC Champions Trophy.
- You can always watch it- Most of the big Series your country is involved in will be televised on national TV or a cable channel, as are the biggest international tournaments and franchise leagues such as the Big Bash and the IPL. Failing that, lots of bookmakers have livestreaming of matches and if that still doesn’t do it for you, specialist cricket websites stream all the matches as well for free although of course there will be some adverts popping up.
- More bang for your buck in terms of entertainment – Pro gamblers are completely indifferent to how long an event lasts for. If anything, the shorter the better. But for the recreational gambler wishing to enjoy the excitement of seeing a bet unfold, it’s great. A horse race lasts a few minutes, a regular tennis match a couple of hours, rugby is 80 minutes, football is 90. Even the shortest format of cricket- T20- takes three and a half hours, while ODIS last about seven and Tests up to five days. If you’ve bet on it, you’ll certainly get to enjoy the thrills for much longer than other sports.
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- It’s a trader’s dream – As much as traders love football, a couple of early goals can destroy any chance of a successful trade if they don’t go your way. But cricket is different. In any format a couple of quick wickets (much more frequent than a goal) can change things drastically, as can a couple of boundaries, so you should always have the chance to trade a position. That’s even more the case in T20 when during a close finish, you could have a new favourite every ball.
- No pesky draw makes it simpler – Yes, Test matches and First-Class games have three outcomes, including the draw. But the more popular limited-overs games only have two. Not only does that make it far easier for trading (see above) but especially if you’re cricket betting online with a pre-match punt, it’s far easier to identify the value with just two outcomes.
- Perfect for stats- Perhaps even more so than the US Sports, cricket can be explained and justified by statistics. Each and every ball bowled, every dot ball, catch, dropped catch, six, wicket, run-out and everything else is accounted for and recorded. If you like crunching numbers, there’s probably no sport from a betting angle where the hard work in terms of analysis will be better rewarded when it comes to finding betting value.
- Insider knowledge can give you an edge- Ok, a bit sneaky but all is fair in love and cricket betting. Besides, there’s nothing illegal or immoral about it and you won’t get an apology from a bookie (much less a refund) if the shoe was on the other foot. An obvious example would be to know what sort of pitch is being prepared ahead of a game and though info like that is gold dust, it’s not so easy to come by. A more realistic example would be to realise that a particular player is being given a promotion up the batting order from TV pictures, realising it before the bookie does and having a bet on that player on an in-play top batsman market. Another would be realising when a team is declaring during a Test match before the bookie cottons on to it. It won’t mean you’re guaranteed a winning bet but it could mean getting a considerably bigger price on something. And that is after all, what betting is all about.