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Your Guide to Fun Alternative Sports Bets

Guide to sports betting!
Publish Date: 04/26/2021
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

Betting has seen many a change in recent years. At one time, you just placed a bet on simple results, like whether Miami Heat will beat the Golden State Warriors. But now you can find plenty of different markets that makes betting a lot more fun.

Yes, you can bet on who will win the NHL this season and every single match that takes place. However, with all the markets now available, betting on basketball or baseball etc., is full of excitement. You can bet on all aspects of the game now – some of which you might not expect.

For example, say you want to bet on an NFL match between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. It’s a great idea to register with an online sportsbook with many markets for all the top games.

Another good reason to register with an online sportsbook is the welcome bonus. It’s a highly competitive industry, and sites will offer welcome packages to attract new customers. This could be a risk-free first bet of up to $600, which is the current BetMGM bonus. Learn as much as you can about the bonuses on offer before registering.

By all means, place a bet on who is going to win a fixture, but enhance your entertainment by betting on some other markets, too. For example, you can bet on the spread. With this type of bet, the bookmaker does their best to create a level playing field.

They might decide that the 49ers have 5.5 points taken off their actual score. If you’re wondering how you score half a point in American Football, it’s just a way of ensuring this bet doesn’t end in a tie. This gives the Giants a better chance of winning, and that will be reflected by the odds given.

Now, this can be a fun bet if the score is close in the fourth quarter. You will be on the edge of your seat, in that case, hoping your selection will get the win. A late touchdown could well be the decider.

Then there’s the under/over bet related to the number of points scored in the match. This is handy if you just can’t work out who will win the actual match. You can place a bet on whether there will be under or over 45.5 points in this match between the Giants and the 49ers.

Again, this is a bet that is going to be entertaining to place. You won’t care who wins the game (unless you support one of the teams, of course), just how many points will be scored. You will find yourself cheering teams on to score more points. Then again, there may have been 40 points scored, and you’ve bet on under 45.5 points. In that case, the last thing you’ll want to see is a touchdown. Just imagine the good-natured rivalry if you’ve bet on under 45.5 points and a friend has gone for the over market.

Other fun bets (also known as prop bets) include betting on who wins the coin toss. Big stakes on that bet really aren’t recommended, but it can be fun placing a small wager. Just think you can win some money even before the match starts.

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The new MLS season has started, and soccer is a sport where the number of markets can get into three figures. You can bet on how many players will be booked or how many corners there will be in a match. Again, there’s no need to predict the winner of the match, and it’s a bet you can follow throughout the game. That’s definitely the case with the last goalscorer bet.

Looking at long-term bets, it’s not just about who will win the NBA finals or the Super Bowl. Join an online sportsbook where you can bet on markets such as who will be the top touchdown scorer for the season. This will give you plenty of fun throughout the whole season. Who will get into the NBA All-Stars teams is a good bet, too.

While these bets are fun to place and follow, there’s still cash at stake. Make sure you do a bit of research before placing your wagers. For example, with an under/over bet, look at recent results to see how many points both teams have notched up. Who keeps getting booked, and how many points have teams been winning or losing by. Do that, place the bet, and let the fun begin.

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