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Horse Racing Betting Guide

When betting on horse racing the standard factors of course and distance, going, weight, trainer and jockey form and the draw are always taken serious before a wager is placed. However, with so much racing taking place the professional gamblers will try to specialise in order to narrow their focus.


Many punters will only consider certain grades of race for their wagers or just back at the All-Weather meetings but most shrewd judges will agree that looking for an improving horse is a valid, and potentially very profitable strategy.


It is easy to spot a horse that has been unlucky in running and this will be built into the odds by the bookmakers. So a better method of searching for value prices is to look for other factors at work.The professionals look for horses that have run well despite of a poor draw, a slow pace, unsuitable going or a bad ride. Horses going over the wrong distance should also be noted.


The signs pointing to an improving horse, and good betting value in time to come, are subtle but with a little practice the method can lead to some very healthy pay days.


Alternatively a good strategy is to look at ‘horses for courses’.


With a a wide variety of courses it is important to note that each has it own distinct characteristics, that has a strong impact on the outcome of the races. The best example is Chester. The course is almost circular in shape and strongly favours low-drawn runners.


Most racecourses in the UK have some very distinct characteristics that mean that runners that find favour at one venue may not be suited to a challenge elsewhere and this should be noted.


With this in mind, a detailed look at the course form is suggested by placing a bet and perhaps the best way to use this information is to concentrate on the most idiosyncratic courses such as Brighton, Bath and Chester. Both horses and trainers can become specialists at these tracks and they can be a very good place to start your selection process.


Another decision to be made is the type of bet used employ. Profssional advice would be to avoid all multiple and specialist bets and stick to win single or each way bettingt. Whilst the potential rewards might be smaller than those from multiple-type bets there should be a significantly higher wining strike rate.



Tennis Betting Guide

Tennis may not at first seem to lend itself to betting, but dig beneath the surface and you can find plenty of opportunities to win some money and have fun doing it.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are just some of the big names that compete regularly in front of thousands of people, so sit down, get a jug of Pimms and some strawberries and enjoy Wimbledon and some of the other biggest tournaments on the calendar.

Here are a few tips of what to look for when you go in search of the best tennis bets out there.

Know your surfaces

Although it may not seem as important as other factors, the surface used for each tournament or match can have a real effect on the outcome of the game. Whether it is the fast, zippy grass of Wimbledon or the slow, demanding clay of the French Open, make sure you have the inside track on the surface and who it will suit.

Rafael Nadal has dominated on clay, for example, in recent years (although the emergence of Novak Djokovic as a real contender should challenge the Spaniard) because of his power and ability to impart huge amounts of spin, and anyone who can match him in those areas is likely to be in with a decent shout of succeeding in France and on clay.

Ladies on the Lawn

While the men’s game may occupy most of the column inches, there are some interesting battles going on in the world of women’s tennis, and you can take advantage of that. Kim Clijsters, Francesca Schiavone and Serena Williams all currently holding on to major titles, and the race for the three remaining majors this year looks set to be equally as open.

Clijsters started the year with a bang, taking the Australian Open but has stuttered of late, while Caroline Wozniacki sits atop the rankings list and will be a tough opponent for anyone in 2011.

What this means for you is that you can take advantage of the lack of a clear favourite and find some decent odds on some of the biggest names in the women’s game and get a decent return for your trouble

Never back a Brit!

With Andy Murray struggling for form and fitness in 2011, the future looks bleak for British Tennis. The Scot is now fourth in the world, and with Djokovic likely to take up the mantle of world number 1, the prospect of another British major winner seems some time away – so keep your money in your pocket and look for shorter odds elsewhere!



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