Fixed odds football betting is one of the most common types of betting done in Great Britain. For
those who are new to the world of sports investing, fixed odds betting is betting against the bookie with
the odds set at the time you place your wager. The odds stay fixed most of the time, although the category of
fixed odds betting has been expanded in some cases to include starting price bets. With starting price
bets, the final odds are not set until the match begins.
Football fixed odds betting is not only one of the most common types of betting done in the UK but
also one of the most traditionally lucrative for bookmakers. Using fixed odds football betting,
bookmakers have been able to keep rather balanced books. This means that all bets are arranged in such a way that
the bookmaker will not be paying out more than he has taken in and/or that he will be able to pocket an overround.
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With the rise of the betting exchanges, however, a whole new world of opportunity has opened up for
punters in the form of arbitrage. Arbitrage is based on making a profit on the difference between
different bookmakers football fixed odds offered. Thanks to the internet, it is now only a bit of a
quick search to evaluate the difference between different books and see where the greatest advantage lies.
Most punters stay away from arbitrage, preferring to play straight fixed odds football. Yet arbitrage is
merely an extension of the ancient aim to beat the bookie. However, the need to have a good head for figures and
to be able to play multiple bets simultaneously is more than enough to scare folks away.
Those who do want to take their football fixed odds betting habits from amateur to pro might be
interested in a slightly older, but still excellent, book by Joseph Buchdahl. In Fixed Odds Sports Betting
Buchdahl takes on the art of fixed odds betting. He starts by explaining a bit of the mechanics and then
launches into a fixed odds football betting tutorial using examples from Premier League football.
At the end of the book, fixed odds football should no longer be a mystery. That is not to imply that
Buchdahl strips all the entertainment out of the sport. Quite the contrary. His examples and tactics lessons
should help the serious punter be much more strategic in his decisions and be more profitable in his wagers.
Naturally, Buchdahl's is not the only book on the market purporting to teach punters all the secrets to fixed
odds football betting. Reading more than one book on the topic would be an advantage to any student of the
game and most are written in very straightforward manners. There are also video tutorials available for those
who are more visual learners.
Whatever your level of investment in the game or your level of skill, fixed odds football betting is a popular
and entertaining way to spend your time. Books, tutorials and tipsters will help make you more profitable.
Love of the sport, however, will keep you coming back for more.
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