If you thought pre-match sports betting on Betway SA was a thrill—live betting takes the fun and excitement to a whole new level! Live betting accounts for more than half of the online sports bets placed in Europe today. Thanks to the wide range of in-play markets and odds now available, South Africa is fast catching up with this trend as punters take advantage.
Live betting is useful for many different reasons which we’ll get into soon, but one thing we know for sure is that in-play offers a massive variety of options for punters and a whole new game to play within the game!Stick with us and get answers to questions like How does live betting work? Which sports should I bet on live? How do I bet live games on Betway? What is the best strategy for live betting? And lots more…
What Is Live Sports Betting?
Before we get into exactly how live betting works, let’s first consider how it differs from pre-match betting. With live betting, you make predictions about an event after it has already started. For example, you might decide to bet on Manchester United to beat Liverpool during the half time break. Unlike pre-match betting where the markets are suspended as soon as the game starts, all live betting takes place during the event.
How live betting works is very similar to pre-match betting except that the odds constantly change based on what’s happening in the game. Some of the bets you can place on live matches such as ‘Match Winner’ are the same as with pre-match betting, but there are other markets available which you won’t find on any betting site until the game starts. We’ll talk about some of these live betting markets in more detail later.
Live Sports Betting Odds
It’s not unusual for the pre-match odds on a particular team to change from one day to the next. Odds adjustments happen for many reasons such as the bookmaker needing to balance their liability (they increase the odds on unpopular teams to attract more punters) and injury news (a team with injuries is less likely to win and their opponent’s odds are shortened).
But how live betting odds work is they fluctuate from the moment the match begins until the final whistle. Whether the odds move with or against you will depend on which bet you like and what’s already happened in the match. That’s why you should look closely at the odds while placing your live bets. Most betting sites give you the option to “Accept any odds changes” or to “Only accept higher odds”.
We recommend you always take the second option because the last thing you want is for a good bet to turn bad because something crucial happens in the match and the odds get smaller before you can get your money down.
Why Bet On Live Sports Games?
There are many different reasons to bet on live games but one of the most obvious is that you can watch what’s happening and make predictions based on what you see. The information you can gather from watching the game can give you a better idea of how the match might turn out in the end. Some punters like to bet live on teams which are ahead in games to improve their chances of winning. Others like to hedge their bets in-play to minimize risk, and others use live betting to get better odds on a team or player which weren’t available before the match.
Live Sports Betting Tips And Strategies
There are lots of reasons to bet on live games rather than before the match, so let’s go over some live betting tips and strategies in more detail.
Make it a sure thing
Betting on a team that’s ahead in the match improves your chances of winning. There are absolutely no certainties in sports betting but the longer you wait until the end of the match to bet on the winning team, the higher the probability of winning. The downside to this strategy is that the odds on the favourite keep getting smaller the closer the match is to finishing.
Hedge your bets
Some days teams just don’t show up. A soccer team like Man City can win 10 matches in a row and the next week play terribly and lose against a mediocre side. If you’ve placed a pre-match bet and things aren’t going your way, you can bet live on the other team to cover the stake of your original bet.
This way, even if Man City doesn’t win the match, you won’t lose as much money because you’ve now got a bet on the other team. You can also make a profit by hedging if you bet on an underdog before the match and then also back the other team/player live in-play when they are losing at bigger odds. Of course, things don’t always work out this way!
Get better odds
Every punter has been in a situation where they want to bet on a team but the odds are too small to make the payout rewarding enough. Being patient and waiting to bet these games live can be helpful as long as your team/player doesn’t get off to a fast start.
To use the example of Manchester City, if you don’t like their odds of 1/5 (1.2) you can rather bet on them live. If they go down a goal early or the first half is a draw, you will get higher odds on them in-play to win the match. Unfortunately, if Man City score early their odds will only get shorter and betting on them at this stage in-play will give you an even smaller payout if you win.
What Are The Best Sports For Live Betting?
This a tricky question because the answer very much depends on which sports you like and which strategy you use for betting live games. In terms of sheer volume, soccer is the best sport to bet live with up to 300 markets available on every game within top leagues like the EPL. Tennis is another sport ripe for live betting. With most players generally expected to win their service games, you often get higher odds on players who’ve just lost their serve but still go on to win the set or the match.
Popular Live Betting Soccer Markets
Soccer is one of the most popular sports for live betting due to the high number of games and markets available to punters any time of day or night. Like betting on any sport, it helps to start with an end goal in mind whether that’s to minimize your risk on a favourite, hedge a previous bet or back a team at higher odds than you could get before the match.
Here are some popular live betting soccer markets worth trying out:
Corner kicks: Teams on the offensive tend to be awarded more corner kicks, even if their attacks don’t all convert into goals. Similarly, teams that are forced to defend in their own half, generally score fewer corner kicks. A good live betting strategy for soccer can be to use what you see happening offensively to bet on over/under corner kicks.
Cards: Depending on what happens, some matches get more heated than others. By considering factors like what’s at stake for the players (a big derby game for instance), an individual’s temperament and a referee’s tendency to card players (their tolerance for aggressive gameplay) you can make better predictions about how many cards will be shown.
Next goal: This is a fun in-play bet to have where you must predict which team will score the next goal. When any team is on a dangerous attack, especially if they’ve already missed a few golden opportunities, might be the right time to strike with this bet and hope they find the net. You can also choose to select ‘None’ if you think no more goals will be scored.
How To Bet Live Games On Betway
Now that you know all about how live betting works and which types of in-play bets are available, your next question is, Where can I bet on live games? Just about every online bookmaker in South Africa offers live games, but when it comes to betting options for punters, Betway wins hands down. Whatever you’re looking for, at Betway you can bet live games across all sports from the premier and lower divisions around the world!
How Do I Place A Live Bet On Betway?
- Visit the Betway homepage and go to Live for in-play sports
- Choose the sport you want to bet on from the menu of icons or select a game from the highlights panel on the left side
- By default, you will only see the Match Winner market. Click More Bets to see the other live bets which are available.
- Click the odds to make a selection and send it to your betslip.
- Enter your stake where it says ‘Bet Amount’ and then click Bet Now to place your bet.
- Good luck!
Watch this video where we explain how to bet live games on Betway.
What Are The Rules For Live Betting?
Every online bookmaker in South Africa aims to ensure all information displayed on their site is accurate but mistakes can happen sometimes, especially with live betting where odds are changing all the time. If incorrect odds are posted for any reason, bookies reserve the right to cancel related bets. The same goes for when there is reason to believe that a bet was placed after the outcome of an event was known and the punter gained an unfair advantage.
Punters should also be aware that transmissions for live betting can be delayed due to their online connectivity, network speed and other external factors out of the bookmaker’s control. Bookmakers therefore assume no liability in the event any information displayed on their site is incorrect at the time of bets being placed.
Bet Live Sports Games On Betway Now!
The opportunities for South African punters to bet live games have never been better and we highly recommend you give it a try if you haven’t already. To start betting in-play on sports such as soccer, cricket, tennis and rugby, visit Betway and see what’s on offer. If you join now you’ll get a R25 Sign Up Free Bet to use as you please!
Do you bet on live games or prefer to get your money down before the action starts? We’d love to know which sports you like live betting and hear about any strategies you use.