One of the biggest bookmakers for football betting is bet365. I’m sure you’ve seen Ray Winstone pop up in the ad breaks telling you about the various odds on the next team to score. They offer a wide range of bets on a wide range of football matches, but today I’ll just concentrate on the basics of the Home Win / Draw / Away Win bet, often referred to as 1X2 (1 for home win, X for the draw and 2 for away win).
Each of the bookmakers have their own way of navigating to the various sports, some make things easier to access than others, so I’ll guide through how to place your bet.
First you need to go to the bet365 website. This link will open their site in a separate browser window, so you can follow along.
If you don’t yet have an account with bet365, you’ll first see a welcome screen, which will explain about their 100% deposit bonus. Simply click the “Bet Now” button and follow the instructions on their site to sign-up for an account.
When you get hit the “Bet Now” button you’ll go through to their sports site, which will look something like this (you may see more columns, depending upon the width of your browser window):
bet365 list all the sports down the left-hand side of their site. Now they obviously feel the need to cater for the US market, as they have Football listed as Soccer (don’t get me started).
Clicking on Soccer, brings up a list of all the Football matches they cover, from the leagues around the world. Top of the list are leagues from the UK.
If you scroll down you’ll also find other European leagues, European Cup competitions and leagues from the rest of the world.
They offer 2 ways to access the various football leagues. You can simply click on the league for the match you wish to place a bet on, or if you’re placing several bets across multiple leagues, you can tick the checkbox against each league you’re interested in and build your own customised coupon for just those leagues.
You can choose to have the odds displayed in 1 of 3 formats. Either Fractional, Decimal or American. Use the dropdown field on the topmenu bar to select between the 3.
The 2 most common formats you’re likely to want to use are Fractional, which is the traditional way in which odds were displayed.
or Decimal, which is the more modern way of displaying odds, brought on mainly by the advent of the betting exchanges. I’ll cover the difference between the 2 and how to convert from one to another in a future post, but the main thing you need to know is that prices shown as decimal odds include your stake in the returns, where as fractional odds don’t (e.g. fractional odds of 5/1 are equivalent to decimal odds of 6.00, for both you’ll receive £6 back for a winning £1 bet).
If you’re not familiar with fractional odds you’ll probably best just sticking to decimals.
Once you’ve located the match you want to bet on it’s just a simple case of clicking the odds for the result you wish to bet on.
In the example above between Everton and Arsenal, Everton are the home team, so the odds for them winning are displayed in the 1 column, the odds for the draw are displayed in the X column and the odds for an away win for Arsenal are displayed in the 2 column.
As you can see Arsenal are favourites to win the match. To back them you’d click on their odds, which would bring up the bet slip. When you enter your stake, it’ll show you the amount you’ll get back if they win. So if Arsenal win you’d get back £19.09 for a bet of £10.
To the right off the match odds you’ll see it says 122, this is the number of different bets types offered by bet365 on the match. I’ll cover how to place your bet on some of the other markets they offer in a future blog post.