How to Bet on Netball
What You Need to Know
- Netball is becoming increasingly popular all around the world and is a great sport for having a flutter on
- Major competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and the ANZ League offer the best betting opportunities
- For the widest range of betting markets, go online and set up an account with an online bookie.
- The easiest type of bet to make on netball is a simple Match Winner flutter. Just put money on one side to win and hope for the best
- Most online bookies will offer Handicap betting if a match is uneven. Be sure you know how this works before you put any money down, however
- To make matches more fun, consider putting money on a Prop Bet such as which team will score first
- Remember that, as with all kinds of sports gambling, betting on netball can become addictive, so be sure to bet responsibly at all times
Betting on Netball
Netball is popular the world over and is only getting more popular as growing numbers of men as well as women take up the sport. It's a fixture of the Commonwealth Games, with a number of countries also having strong domestic leagues.
Netball is a great sport for betting on. Online bookies in particular offer an attractive range of betting markets and if you do your homework, you stand a good chance of earning some money this way. However, before you commit any money, you need to make sure you know what you're doing:
Where to Bet
By far the best to enjoy a bet on netball is online. Here you'll a number of sports betting sites, all of them offering a wide range of betting markets.
If you're serious about sports betting, it's a good idea to sign up with several online bookies as this way you can compared the odds on offer and go for the bet which will make you the most money. Check out our guide to the best betting sites (http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Sports/Betting/) of the moment and open an account today to take advantage of some fantastic moneyback offers.
Understanding the Odds
Before you put any money down, you should have a good understanding of how odds work. This way you know how much money you need to risk to win, and how much you stand to win if your bet is right. Usually, odds will be expressed as fractions, though you may also see decimal-style odds:
1) Fractional Odds
On the majority of UK sports betting sites you will find that the default setting for displaying the odds will be as fractions. Odds displayed this way show you how much you will win on a bet compared to how much you put on. Quite simply, the first number of the fraction indicates how much you will win if you place the amount of money shown in the second number of the fraction.
So, if the odds for Team A winning a specific match are 3/1, this means if you bet £1, you will receive £3 in winnings (and you will get your original stake back on top of this).
This works on a ratio basis. So, if you place £10 at odds of 3/1, you will receive £30 in winnings. Or, if you place £5 at odds of 8/1, your winnings will be £40, plus your initial stake.
Sometimes you will find that the second number of the fraction is larger than the first. This is what's known as an 'odds on' bet and shows that the bookies believe that the chances of a particular prediction (such as Brazil beating Canada) coming true are greater than 50/50. The principle remains the same, however: the first number of the fraction indicates how much you will win if you place the amount of money shown in the second number of the fraction.
For example, if you put £2 down on odds of 1/2, your winnings will be £1. And again, this works on a ratio basis. So, if you put down £60 at the same odds, you will win £30, plus your initial stake.
2) Decimal Odds
Decimal odds aren't as complicated as they may appear at first. In fact, they're very straightforward once you've got the hang of them.
The way it works is that you just need to multiply your stake by the decimal shown and this is how much you will receive in winnings, including your returned stake.
So, if you put £1 down on odds of 3.00, you will win £3.00, including your initial stake, if your prediction comes true. And again, this works on a ratio basis. So, if you put down £15 at the same odds of 3.00, you will win £45, including your original stake.
Popular Types of Bet
Online bookmakers in particular offer a massive range of betting markets for netball. However, some types of bets are more straightforward and popular than others. Here are a few of the most popular types of bet made on netball:
The easiest, and most popular type of bet to make on netball is to put money on a team to win an individual match. This is what's known as a Match Winner bet and will almost always be a two-way bet, meaning there you will not be able to put money on a game ending in a draw. Note that it doesn't matter if your team wins by one point or by 20, so long as they come out on top, you will win at the odds you backed them at.
Let's take as an example the match between Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Here you can see Scotland are the favourites, at 1/2. Trinidad and Tobago, meanwhile, are the underdogs, at 6/4 to win.
So, if you put £10 on Scotland to win and they do come out on top, you will walk away with £15, including your original stake. If however, Trinidad and Tobago win, you will lose all your money.
As the above example shows, if two teams are unevenly matched, the odds can be quite unattractive. Often you will need to gamble lots of money to win a small return, or else risk wasting money on a long shot.
To even things up, and to make betting on a match more attractive to punters, a bookmaker may offer Handicap betting. As the name suggests, here they will give the underdogs a virtual headstart and the favourites a handicap, with the odds adjusted accordingly.
As an example, let's return to the Commonwealth Games match between Scotland and Saint Lucia, in which Scotland were the firm favourites. Here we can see the odds offered for a Handicap bet.
In this instance, the bookie is offering odds for a spread of +3.5 and -3.5. What does this mean? Well, as before, Trinidad and Tobago are the underdogs and so here they have been given a virtual lead of +3.5 points. This will be added to their final score. This means that if they lose the match by 3 points or less, this virtual headstart will make them the winners, so if you back them at 8/11 and they only narrowly lose, you will still win your bet. If, however, they lose by 4 or more points, you will still lose your bet.
Similarly, here the favourites Scotland are given a handicap of -3.5, meaning they will start the game behind. If you bet on them at 1/1, you will only win if they manage to overcome this handicap, that is by winning by 4 points or more.
One other very popular type of bet to make on netball is to put money on the total number of points the two teams will score between them. This is usually known as a Match Total bet.
Generally speaking, this will be a simple under/over bet. This means the bookie will specify a possible points total and you put money on whether the teams will score over or under this amount.
Let's take the Scotland against Trinidad and Tobago match as an example again. Below you can see the odds given for a Match Total bet. Here you can put money on the two teams scoring over or under 82.5 points between them. Note that it doesn't matter how many they actually score, nor who wins the game for your bet to be a winner.
Sometimes bookies will also give you the chance to have a bet on whether the total number of points scored will be an odd or an even number. While you may be able to have an educated guess on a normal Match Total (for example, by looking at past point-scoring form), this is essentially a 50/50 gamble and should be treated as such.
As well as betting on individual matches, most bookies will give you the chance to put money on which team you think will win a whole competition. In most cases, they will open their Sportsbooks in the weeks leading up to the start of a tournament or season, with the odds adjusted as the competition progresses.
To get the best range of bets, look out for the major competitions in world netball. Some of the biggest and most-popular events include:
- The Great Britain Netball Superleague
- The ANZ Championship in Australia and New Zealand
- The World Netball Championships
- The World Netball Series
- The Commonwealth Games
Also known as novelty or even 'exotic' bets, Props offer you the chance to wager money on a wide variety of things either happening or not happening in a single netball match, not all of which will directly affect the end result of the game. Again, for the best range of Prop bets, look out for the major competitions. Some of the Prop Bets you may seen offered by bookies include:
- The first team to score in a match: Like most Prop bets, this is essentially a 50/50 gamble
- The player to score the most points in a match
- The total number of fouls to be committed in a single match
Hints and Tips for Betting on Netball
The best way of improving your chances of taking money off the bookmaker is to do your homework. Even a little background research on a team's recent form can help you spot which bets look good and which should be avoided. In particular, look at the less-glamorous ties as these are often the ones where bookies have the least knowledge and so can offer the most attractive odds.
A Note About Responsible Betting
Betting on netball can be fun and potentially financially rewarding. It can also become addictive, so you need to be sure you are always betting responsibly. Only ever gamble with money you know you can afford to lose, and don't try and make up for lost bets by gambling more money.
Important Information on Gambling
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Every new gambling account offer has "Terms & Conditions" that will apply - make sure you read these before opening an account.
See www.gambleaware.org for help and advice on problem gambling.
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Further Sports Betting Reading
- Learn how to make money from the Sport of Kings with this guide on How to Bet on a Horse (http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Sports/Article/How_to_Bet_on_a_Horse-106074.html)
- If you're a netball fan you may also be interested in this guide on How to Bet on Basketball (http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Sports/Article/How_to_Bet_on_Basketball-106680.html)
Further Netball Betting Reading
- Knowledge is power in betting, so do your homework and improve you odds of beating the bookie. Follow the BBC for the latest netball news:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/netball