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While horse racing and football are the most common sports to bet on, there is plenty of value to be had in alternatives such as tennis, rugby, snooker, boxing and darts among others. These are our top picks for bookmakers with good variety and depth in these areas.

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New Customers Bet £10 Get £30 Free 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 » Ribbon2

With a very good assortment of betting markets in the world of motorsport such as various European speedway meetings and British Superbike Championship races, NetBet clearly show they aren’t only for the fans of footy and the nags. You want up to £100 in free bets when you join today? You’ve got it! View Site »

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Ever fancied placing a bet on a game of floorball? Have you even heard of floorball? You have? Well then Unibet is the place to go. They have all the usual sports too but also some unusual offerings including bandy, surfing and trotting (whatever that is). Fancy £25 in free money when you register for an account? Good, because that is exactly what Unibet are offering you. View Site »

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Marathon Bet

For a less well known bookmaker, Marathon Bet don’t skimp on the number of sports they have for customers to place a stake on. With more than 30 available including darts, Gaelic football and even chess (you read that right!) alongside those you’d expect to see, you could do a lot worse than choose them for your main betting account. View Site »

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Betway don’t only have the most popular sports such as football and horse racing, they have an impressive breadth and depth when it comes to what they present. You can bet on the Swiss ice hockey league or French rugby union if you so wish along with things like curling and golf. View Site »

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Do you have a hot tip for the upcoming rally or maybe you just want to place a bet on the ski jumping to make it a bit more exciting? Well, believe it or not Bwin have markets for both of these sports along with more common ones such as cricket, rugby and snooker. View Site »

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A growing player in the UK betting industry, Boylesports offer a matched bet of up to £50 when you first open an account and it has all the usual sports on offer. Alongside these, there are some more niche markets such as UFC (that’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship if you don’t know) and speedway for those interested in placing a wager on these events.  View Site »

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One of the most popular bookmakers in the UK, Skybet have a fantastic range of sports on which to bet from rugby league and baseball to the British and World superbike championships. Skybet also have a fantastic mobile betting app so that you can put some money down whether you are out and about or sitting on your sofa at home. View Site »

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Whether you have a hunch on the winner of this year’s Tour de France or you’re a fan of the European basketball leagues and want to place a bet on a match, BetFred is a good place to go. They’ve been around for years and have millions of customers so you’re in safe hands and they’re currently offering a £25 matched bet when you sign up today. View Site »

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Littlewoods BetDirect

The widest choice of online bets, pools, competitions, and lotteries, including Spot the Ball and Bet247. Choices include football, racing, golf, cricket, rugby, F1. The Littlewoods Betdirect sports betting website also features special competitions, all completely secure accepting all major credit and debit cards. View Site »

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Predicting a horse race has its difficulties and football doesn’t always offer the best value so why not look into some of the other sports where there are a whole array of different types of bet available to the adventurous punter.

If you know your stuff when it comes to cricket (both county and international) then you’ll have a huge number of markets available for you to bet on. Test cricket brings its own considerations such as the weather forecast for different days as this can greatly influence the outcome of the match.

Twenty20 (or T20) cricket is extremely exciting and because of its short nature, it makes for a more open game where any team can win on their day so this can be a good place to find outsiders with a shot of pulling off an upset.

To explore these opportunities further, read our guide to betting on cricket where we show you some of the types of bet available to you.

While the very best players in Snooker are always likely to be there or thereabouts when it comes to the major tournaments, it is not uncommon for one or two lower ranked players to get into the latter rounds while gaining a few scalps along the way.

Identifying these surprise packages is by no means impossible if you follow the sport to a good degree and there is plenty of value to be had in the frame odds too so betting on snooker has its plus points.

Because of its athletic and skill aspects of the game, tennis matches often go to form, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any point placing a bet. With markets such as correct score (i.e. number of sets) and fastest serve, and the potential for accumulators, you can still win big by placing a bet on tennis; you just need to know where to look.

This list could go on and on because the number of different sports available to bet on these days is huge and growing. If you have some Irish blood in you or just fancy something different, you can bet on the traditional sport of hurling or if a bit of ping pong is more your thing, you can now find odds for table tennis matches from around the world online.

Take a peak on one of the betting sites in our top 10 list and you’ll be amazed at the possible sports that you can bet on. 

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