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How to place a bet on a live football match

In times gone by, the only way you could bet on live sports was in person, usually via a bookmaker. With the rise of the internet, however, going into a betting shop is very much a thing of the past. These days, betting on sports could not be easier. The world of online sports betting has proven to use truly revolutionary technology, and the popularity of sports betting is at an all-time high.

Before the new football season gets underway, here is how betting on live games works.

Picking a provider and opening an account

The first, and most obvious, step you need to take when placing a bet online, is to choose a provider you want to create an account with. This might seem like a simple task, but the reality is that given how incredibly crowded the market is these days, choosing the right company can be difficult. The best way to narrow down your choices is to use a website comparison tool. Usually, this comes in the form of an external website that aggregates all the betting websites out there and compares them. This allows you to efficiently compare and contrast what they have on offer, hopefully getting the best deal for yourself along the way.

Once you have settled on a provider that you think will give you a decent deal, the next step is to set up an account with them. Usually, this is a relatively quick and painless process that shouldn’t cause too much hassle. Most of the time, you can top your account up with cash straight away, typically using a debit or a credit card. However, failing that, you can always do a bank transfer — although this might take a couple of days to process. Very rarely, some websites will require you to go through an identity verification process. You should also be sure to take advantage of any promotional offers they have available for new users. These have the potential to be very lucrative and, most of the time, they give you credit to your account or provide free bets.

Place your bets

Once your account is ready to go, you then choose what type of bet you want to place. When it comes to football, this isn’t particularly complicated as there aren’t too many potential outcomes beyond win/lose/draw. However, things can get a little more complex when you start selecting specific score differentials or players to score. A good rule of thumb to remember when choosing your bet type is that the more specific the outcome you predict, the higher the odds will be — meaning that you may land a potentially more lucrative return if you call it right! With this, however, comes more risk to you.

Some sportsbooks will even provide punters the chance to bet on live sports. This means that even after kick-off you can still place a bet. Which is perfect if you happen to have forgot there was a game on or want to make a last minute bet. Many online sportsbooks like highstreets bookies will even show the game on their website or app. meaning that the action is all just a click away.

Follow the action

With your wager in place and ready to go, the only thing left to do is sit back and enjoy. As mentioned online sportsbooks often stream live matches, making it a good option for people on the go. Throughout the match, punters will notice the odds will adjust especially if you choose to bet on half-time or full-time scores.  For games that come down to penalty shoot outs, fear not that is also covered. In a world where everything is online, sportsbooks are right up there.

Cashing out

Depending on the outcome of your bet and any other pending bets, you may want to cash out. This means simply withdraw your winnings. Sportsbooks make this an easy experience. If you want to cash out simply head to the cashier or banking section. From there, you will have the options to deposit or withdraw. Simply choose withdraw and follow the steps. Money, which is not withdrawn, will remain on the account. If you have any issues or further questions, then message customer support who will help you out.

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