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The Differences and Main Characteristics of In Play and Pregame Bets

The Differences and Main Characteristics of In Play and Pregame Bets

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What Are They

In the world of bookmaking, there are several betting markets and options. But there are basically two types of bets and they are the pre-game and in-play bets. These are direct opposites of each other, but they are not mutually exclusive as a punter can combine the two types at the same time and even in the same slip or coupon.

Pre-game betting is described as that betting that happens before the match. It involves the selections you make and wager before kickoff. Any bet you place once the match has started is not involved here and you will not be paid with it if you are making a pre match bet. Here, your success lies in foreseeing and forecasting the outcomes of the games before the kickoff, and betting on the outcomes to come to pass or not. The most typical example of this is wagering on Chelsea to beat Manchester City in a football match that will take place the next day. It could be placed 1 month before the event, weeks before the event, a day before the event, hours before the event, or even minutes before the event. For some sportsbooks to forestall errors on this, they remove events from the pregame list once they are underway and take them to the in-play games list.

On the other hand, the in-play bets, also known as the live or in-game bets, are bets you place on sporting events that are ongoing. When a football match has kicked off for instance, odds are made available on some events or markets in the game, and you can wager on them to come to pass in the game even when you are watching or viewing the game. Here, those events that are still expected to come to pass in the game are lined up. But all those that have happened disappear from the bet. Punters can bet on anything, ranging from the money-line, goal markets, corners and totals and other markets. These bets become available seconds or minutes after the kickoff, and they come with odds that are different from what was available in the pre-game. Most punters carry out in-play bets with their mobile devices or computer sets. 

Differences from One Another 

  • There are many things that pre-game and in-play bets have in common. At the same time, many things differentiate the two. The first difference is that the pre-game bets come with very straightforward rules. The fact that you have time to sit down and study everything before you place your bet makes it easier for the punters. But the in-play bets happen while the game is on. It’s something you have to think through and carry out within a few seconds or minutes. This makes the margin for error higher, due to lack of proper concentration and deep research.
  • In the pre-game, you are given the time to make all the calculations you wish to make, so as to ascertain the level of value in the odds. But this is something you can never have in the live bets. You don’t have that luxury because you are working against time and are normally tensed about it.
  • Also, while the odds for pre-game bets are normally static and stable for some period of time, you won’t have the same at in play. Rather you will have constantly changing odds that could be confusing. The odds change at intervals after every run of play or session.
  • In the pre-game bets, you will definitely have much more markets. There are more betting markets and options to enjoy before the game starts. But once the game gets underway, many of them will disappear and only a few would be left for in-play betting.

Unique Characteristics 

  1. The betting odds in in-play betting are determined by the swing in the momentum of the game or the run of play. This is not possible in pre-game bets. In the latter, records, form, statistics, head to head and other things affect the odds.
  2. More time is devoted to pre-game bets than in play bets. Also, you will have more spots-books offering the pregame and more people wagering on them than the live bets.
  3. Live betting comes with longer odds. This is because it is more difficult than pre-game betting. So, if you understand it well, you will make more money from it.

4. In play presents the chance for a better prediction. It’s easy to say what a game will turn out to be when you’ve watched some snippets of the game than when you are judging because of what happened in previous games.

The Differences and Main Characteristics of In Play and Pregame Bets

Advantages and Flaws of Each of These Two Types of Bets 

  • The major advantage of the pre-game bets is that you will have enough data about past results, team form, records and adequate time to process them and come up with predictions.  
  • You also have all the time to calculate the values placed on games according to the odds and pick out the best. You don’t have time for this during in-play.
  • You do not do any of these things under impulse and they don’t distract or cause lack of concentration to you. 
  • Also, there are more markets to experiment with, so you are not stuck on a few. 
  • But most importantly, you have the chance to wager on so many different games in one coupon, because there is no need to monitor their progression to see the momentum before you place each bet.        
  • In-play have one very big advantage, and that is the fact that it provides the chance for people that missed out on pregame bets to still have the chance to make some money. 
  • In play provides betting markets and options that are there till the game is over. So, you can continue to wager and pick money till the final whistle. 
  • More importantly, during in play bets, you will have longer odds to contend with. So, if you understand the system, you earn more money than in pre-game bets. 
  • Another good thing about in play is that since you’ve gotten clear information on the weather, the current form of the players and team for the day and even the team tactics, predicting some outcomes will be easier for you.

Factors To Pay Attention to When Making Each of These Bets 

When you are making pre game bets, you need to understand the factors that affect outcomes.  They include the quality of the team, the style they play and that of their opponent, and their level of motivation at the moment. 

Also consider the statistics and trends, especially against their opponents. 

The injuries you’ve heard about and the head to head must also be considered.

When it is in play, you have to take it easy and avoid placing multiple bets at the same time. Just relax and wait until the time is right for you to bet. Once it happens, you take advantage. 

Also insure that you are watching or viewing the match on TV. This helps you to look at the tactics and know what the outcome may be. 

As much as this is in play, you also need to look at the statistics as placed by experts. 

Also check the trends, records and head to head, because some of them will also repeat themselves, no matter how the match started.

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