Bet­ting Isn’t As Sim­ple As Pick­ing Win­ners!

Bet­ting Gods have some ad­vice for all kinds of pun­ters

Racing Ahead - - BETTING GODS -

Many pun­ters who have been gam­bling for years have prob­a­bly set­tled into the rou­tine of back­ing win or each-way only – but get­ting across the win­ning line of­ten re­quires a lit­tle more thought!

Re­cently we’ve talked a lot about the pos­si­ble ways to work out why horses should be backed.You may now be a fan­tas­tic reader of the form book.

You might have mas­tered the art of think­ing like a trainer,or per­haps you’re a stats-lover and just know that some races are al­ways won by horses car­ry­ing less than 11-0 stone.

The prob­lem is,even if you’re great at all those things, you still have to de­cide the best way to bet on your selections – so here’s some food for thought!


I’ve read just about ev­ery self-ac­claimed great gam­bler’s book, and many of them are ar­dent fans of the rule of only hav­ing a bet on a horse if you’re will­ing to place your max­i­mum bet on it. It doesn’t mat­ter if your 1 point bet is £10 or £1,000 – if you’re not will­ing to part with that much then don’t place the bet.


A multi-point ap­proach is of­ten adopted by those who love to bet more of­ten that the Max­i­mum Bet Club Boys. You might bet 5 points when you’re bet­ting your max­i­mum,but you may also place nu­mer­ous smaller bets – of­ten to keep up the en­ter­tain­ment lev­els that many of us re­quire.


Some pro­fes­sional pun­ters main­tain that you should only ever back to win, but I’m firmly of the opin­ion that you should judge each horse on its mer­its be­fore de­cid­ing which way to bet.If you’ve got a horse at an each-way price that tends to al­ways place, and has a gen­uine chance of win­ning,then the each-way op­tion can of­ten be a bet to noth­ing. How­ever, if you’ve got a horse that usu­ally ei­ther wins or pulls-up – then the place bet is prob­a­bly a waste of time. Ei­ther way,if you’re de­lib­er­at­ing be­tween fol­low­ing tip­sters who of­fer win only or each-way bets, then it’s im­por­tant to con­sider both long-term re­turn on in­vest­ment and hav­ing the right size bank in place to cover their style of bet­ting.


If you’re strug­gling to pick the win­ner of a race,but you’ve man­aged to cross off one or more horses that can’t win – then stop try­ing to pick the win­ner and con­sider lay­ing those non-win­ners. Again, make sure you’ve got a big enough bank to start with and, if you or the tipster you’re fol­low­ing has a good eye for losers, you’ll soon be a win­ner.


Most of us just love the ideal of pick­ing one horse and hav­ing a big bet on it, like, say An­nie Power, but many shrewd pro­tip­sters are happy to bet on more than one horse in a race and back them all to win the same amount if one of them wins. Sure, this method doesn’t ap­peal to ev­ery­one, but again it’s all about the re­turn on in­vest­ment over a long pe­riod of time.

The great news is that Bet­ting Gods have tip­sters who fol­low all of th­ese meth­ods, so if you’re go­ing to bet – bet like a Bet­ting God!

An­nie Power

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