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How does In-Play betting work?

Bet365 are a market leader for In-Play betting.

Find out why In-Play betting is becoming increasingly popular

You might have seen the bookies advertising In-Play betting on television and it’s something proving extremely popular with customers thanks to the exciting nature of placing wagers when the action is taking place.

Previously, customers were restricted to placing their bets before a sporting event had started, with the bookies then suspending all markets and punters having to wait until the final whistle for their bets to be settled.

However, there’s an increasing demand for betting In-Play and the bookies now report that they might receive more bets during a particular football match than they did before kick-off, especially when the game is being televised.

How do I bet In-Play?
Placing a “live” or “In-Play” bet is not too different to placing a pre-event bet, although you do have to be more careful to make sure that a) the odds don’t suddenly change and b) your bet has been processed.

Many customers like to place In-Play bets on a football match so let’s use this as an example to understand how to place a live wager.

  1. Visit a bookmaker website who is offering In-Play betting on the match
  2. Log into your betting account and make sure you have funds available
  3. Click on the In-Play section of the website (you are likely to also find the In-Play odds on the homepage which might prove quicker)
  4. Click on the In-Play betting market and odds that you like best
  5. Make sure that your bet goes through at those odds

When it comes to placing In-Play bets, there is often a time delay of a few seconds between clicking on “Place Bet” and the bet actually going through. Providing that nothing significant has happened in the match, the odds are unlikely to change although you should be aware that the bookmaker might change the price at any time.

Popular football In-Play betting markets 
Full-time result is popular from an In-Play point-of-view, with customers able to wait until the game has kicked off before making a decision on which team will win the game. You can bet during the first-half or second-half of the match unless it has got to the stage where one team is so far ahead that the bookmaker decides to stop the market.

Next goal is also an exciting market and can re-open several times during a course of a football match depending on how many goals have been scored. There is often the chance to bet not only on the next team to score but also the next player to score.

Betting on the number of match goals is a popular pastime and the bookmakers might offer several options when it comes to the markets available. Typically, you can bet on Over / Under 2.5 Goals during a game, although there might be alternative markets available, especially if the bookmakers are expecting a lower / higher-scoring game.

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