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What Bookmaker Is Best For Live Betting?

Live BettingLive or in-play betting was once an option offered by just some of the biggest bookmakers, there are now few providers which don’t supply it in one form or another.

That gives punters a wide range of choice when it comes to which bookmaker they wish to use.

In order to help you to make a decision we’ve created a handy comparison table below which contains all bookmakers we’ve reviewed with an A rating in our review section.

Best In-Play Betting Sites: Top 8

Betting Site Bonus Cash Out Quick Bet Streaming Live Scores Live Stats Visit
Betvictor Bet £5 get £30 Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
William Hill Bet £10 get £30 Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Ladbrokes Bet £5 get £20 Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Coral Bet £5 get £20 Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
Betfred Bet £10 get £30 + 30 spins Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.
888Sport Bet £10 get £30 Get Bonus
T&C's apply, 18+, New customers only.

In-Play Betting Features Explained:

Cash Out

Cash OutBetting sites with cash out essentially allow punters to opt out of a bet before it has been settled. If the punter’s chosen selection is looking less likely than at the outset of the event, for instance, the bookmaker would offer them a cash out value of less than their stake. If the selection is looking more likely, meanwhile, an amount above their stake but below their ultimate maximum winnings may be offered.

Quick Bet

Quick BetOne of the more recently introduced features of live betting, a quick bet feature is when a bookmaker provides a more speedy way of placing a bet than their usual process. This can be very beneficial for in-play betting as it can allow punters to quickly take advantage of available odds which might soon change as the match or race in question progresses.

Streaming

Live StreamingLive streaming is less commonly available than live statistics or live scoring, but where available it allows punters to actually watch matches, races or events. Rules about which events they can view vary from bookmaker to bookmaker with some providing access to all of their live events to any customer with a funded account and others requiring the customer to have bet on a particular event in order to watch it (see live streaming FAQ for more details).

Live Scores

Live ScoresA near ubiquitous feature of bookmakers’ in-play interfaces, live scoring is crucial for any punter looking to bet along with an event that they can’t actually watch. Bookies generally provide a scoreboard which offers the continually updating score of the game or event in question and on some occasions other details like scorers’ names and the time elapsed.

Live Stats

StatsAlongside the score, some live betting providers also offer further up-to-the minute statistics regarding the game or event in question. This can include things like possession stats for football, bowling figures for cricket and other sport specific data. These live statistics, therefore, can help punters to decide which in-play betting selections they want to back.

How Does Live Betting Work?

Before you dive into live betting let’s first have a brief look at exactly how live betting works and how it differs from general ante post betting.

Live betting is simply the process of betting on a sporting event as it is in progress.

What’s different?

  • Odds for the in-play markets provided will fluctuate and change along with the circumstances of the game, match or race. This, therefore, opens up a number of different betting opportunities such as betting on a favourite while they are behind to take advantage of more generous odds.
  • A larger number of smaller markets can be bet on for each event e.g. if there will be a corner in the next five minutes or the number of runs scored in the next over of a cricket match.
  • Markets get suspended e.g. if a penalty is awarded during a match, then the next goalscorer market amongst others will probably be suspended until after the penalty has been taken.

Author: David Lenton

David Lenton
David 'the Cheeky Punter' Lenton is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has also worked for a number of top bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. With such a long time spent dedicated to the gambling industry no one is better placed when it comes to advising punters. Follow on Twitter @thecheekypunter