Of course, when it comes to betting on sports, one of the most important considerations to make is what sports and events can you actually bet on with that particular bookmaker? And then, when you explore the event, what kind of market coverage will you find – ie, will you only be able to bet on who will win, or can you bet on a host of additional outcomes, such as the number of points / goals etc.
At MansionBet we always prided ourselves on the incredibly wide range of sports and markets we offered, so now we have our finger well and truly on the pulse when it comes to advising on who is offering what, and to what level. Here are some things to look out for:
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Even the newest and most basic of sports betting sites will now offer a great variety of sports. That’s certainly an area where the industry has improved in recent years. You’ll find at most places you will be able to bet on sports as eclectic as bandy, water polo, MMA and many more besides. That’s great, but from an Irish perspective, keep an eye out for sports such as GAA, rugby, greyhound racing and even horse racing that can sometimes be conspicuous in their absence,
A betting site may offer a sport, but click on that sport to then see what kind of market coverage you’ll be getting. For example, a site may offer GAA, but when you click in you might well find that the only event covered is the All-Ireland Championship, leaving out all of the provincial competitions. And then in horse racing you may find that only races in the UK and Ireland are covered, leaving out all of those enticing races in France, the USA, Dubai, Australia and more. Of course we at MansionBet know what to look out for and will advise accordingly.
And then it all comes down to markets. What this means is, how many betting options can I really find on a single event. For example, as perhaps the most popular sports betting event, top football matches, such as games in the Premier League and the Champions League, can see sites offering more than 500 individual markets on a single match! Even the lesser sites can typically have more than 200. Of course always make sure that the site has the markets you are interested in, and at MansionBet Ireland we’ll keep you posted.
But it’s in the lesser sports where you really need to be careful. For example, we mentioned GAA earlier, as this is obviously one of the most popular sports in Ireland. However, elsewhere it may be considered a niche sport for betting on. Therefore, don’t be surprised if some sites offer only outrights on the All Ireland Championships for hurling and football. Of course this overlooks so much good stuff, so we flag this lack of market depth when it’s not there.
Quite simply, it’s easy for sites to offer depth on soccer, tennis and basketball, which tend to be the biggest sports for betting on. But what about depth of market elsewhere? This is important for many punters who enjoy betting on niche sports, and so you need to know what you will find, and of course what you won’t.