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There's plenty more to bet on besides sports so whether you think Boris Johnson will be the next Prime Minister or that the temperature will break 100 degrees this summer, or it will snow at Christmas, we have you covered. Here are our websites for both getting information and placing bets.

 
 
 
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Paddy Power £20 Risk Free First Bet

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. View Site »

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Political Betting

With so much toing and froing in UK and world politics, there is often some good value to be had in such betting markets. Whether you fancy a punt on the next Conservative leader or the number of seats UKIP will win at the next election, this blog has stats and analysis to help you make up your mind. It’s been going for 10 years and is one of the most followed political blogs in the country. View Site »

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Tedbets

Why be restricted to what you can bet on by the traditional bookmakers? If you and a friend have a differing opinion on anything then you can now place a proper wager on it using this site. Similarly if you are competitive with a friend then why not bet on the outcome of an event? In other words if you think you can lose 15 pounds in 3 months but your friend doubts you or you believe you can out-drive your mate during your next round of golf then why not have a friendly bet on it? View Site »

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William Hill

Have you ever fancied betting that the UK will get ‘nil point’ at the Eurovision Song Contest (let’s face it we are pretty hopeless)? Do you have a gut feeling of who the next James Bond might be? If you have then William Hill can help you put money on these and many other non-sporting outcomes. Check out their available markets today. View Site »

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IG

Betting on the financial markets isn’t restricted to traditional bookmakers and odds. IG are a financial spread betting company that allow you to bet on the movements of stock markets, share prices, currencies, commodities and more. While spread betting does carry with it some additional risks, as long as you understand them, the types of bet available are extremely varied. View Site »

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Ladbrokes

With a good selection of non-sporting bets available and the usual great odds, Ladbrokes is a top bookmaker to consider. They are particularly strong in political betting where you can place a wager on the outcome of as many as 45 of the constituency results at the next general election. With up to £50 in free bets available, there are plenty of reasons to open an account here. View Site »

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YouBetMe

This is another platform through which to place bets with your friends on sporting outcomes and other, private, personal events. You can find an app for Apple devices and there is an upcoming version for Android too but even if your friends don’t have either, you can still bet by traditional SMS message. Never again will you have to write a bet down or risk forgetting it over time. View Site »

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Boylesports-£20 Free Bet

Another of the traditional bookmakers who offers a decent array of betting opportunities on music, TV, film, political and other events. You can currently get as much as £50 in free bets which will come in handy with many upcoming special events.  View Site »

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The Health Lottery

While it is not exactly a bet that you are placing when you enter the Health Lottery, we decided it deserves special mention for the great work that it does with local health services that do not receive funding from through the NHS. A £1 ticket is all that it costs to potentially win £100,000 and the odds are a lot more favourable than the National Lottery.  View Site »

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Coral

This is one of the world's leading providers of betting services. As well as operating the UK online betting operation and an international service. Easy to use platform. View Site »

 
 
 
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While some people may disagree, there is so much more to life than sports so why should you be restricted when it comes to what you can place a bet on? A host of bookmakers now offer betting markets on things such as popular TV shows, music, large events, politics and much more.

Unlike sporting events where the bookies have a team of highly skilled analysts with bucket-loads of data on which to base their odds, bets on these more novel events are more subjective and thus there is often some good value to be uncovered if you look in the right places.

A great example would be the sex of the Royal baby when some bookmakers predicted a girl and slashed odds as low as 1/3 when logic would dictate that the odds should be pretty much evens for both boy and girl.

It should also be remembered that many bookmakers will take personal bets that have nothing to do with a major event. A man recently bet that he would lose 100lbs in body weight in a year and won £5,000 after previously failing the year before. You could quite reasonably walk into your local betting shop and place a bet on almost anything if you are confident of a certain outcome.

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