Using an Odds Checker
There are fewer better feelings in life than placing a bet on your favourite sporting event, and actually having it come in and win you a substantial amount of money. We know that you can’t always have a good day at the bookies, but if you play your cards right, so to speak, and know what you’re doing, you can certainly increase your chances of winning.
Some people bet on sports as a treat, and maybe only bet once or twice each year on big sporting events like the Grand National, or Wimbledon. Others, though, have it down to a fine art and place a cheeky bet or two each weekend without fail.
However you decide to bet, and whatever you decide to bet on, one thing all experts gamblers can all agree on is the fact that using an odds checker could prove to be highly beneficial.
But what are odds checkers, how do they work? Here’s a better look.
What is an odds checker?
First things first, we’ll begin by taking a look at what an odds checker actually is. You see, the world of sports betting can be incredibly complex to fathom, especially if you’re relatively new to the exciting world of sports betting. Not only do you have a whole variety of different sports to choose from, the more bets you place, the more complex the procedure becomes.
An odds checker, very simply put, is an online tool which displays a large live table of different odds offered by different bookies for different sports. If you’re the patience of a saint, and all the time in the world, you might enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee, putting your slippers on, and scrolling through the seemingly endless list of odds offered by different bookies on various sports. After a while, though, you’ll either get fed up, or simply run out of time, and then you’ll likely sack the entire thing off, without actually placing a bet.
Each bookmaker you encounter will claim to offer the best odds, and who knows, maybe the one you choose will be the one that is actually telling the truth. It is definitely a big risk, though, which is why you might want to use an odds checker instead.
How do odds checkers work?
This online tool has been designed to make your betting experience as simple and straightforward as possible. It basically takes the hassle out of finding the best odds for various sports available to be betted on, and does the hard graft for you.
The odds checker effortlessly scours the far reaches of the internet, delving deep into the world of online bookmakers, in order to find the most popular online betting sites within the UK. Next, it then locates the best odds for your chosen sporting discipline, say horse racing for example, and it will display these odds directly onto your desktop.
Now you can see, as clear as day, which bookies are offering the best odds on various sporting disciplines.
But which bookie really does give the best odds?
How long is a piece of string? Sorry for that slightly patronising answer, but the truth to that question is that we don’t know, and nobody knows definitively, because bookies are constantly changing the odds and offering different odds every single day. In fact, odds can change by the minute, especially thanks to the popularity of live betting and in-play betting.
One bookie for example, may offer fantastic odds when it comes to the football, yet their horse racing odds might suck. On the flipside, another rival bookie might offer amazing odds on the gee gees, but their football odds will leave a lot to be desired. Basically, if you were to try to get an answer to this, you’d waste hours of your time, you’d stress yourself out, and you wouldn’t get anywhere because the odds on a horse, football match, or boxing match could be slashed in seconds. Again, this is why you should use an odds checker, as the info is displayed on screen, as clear as day.
How to use an odds checker
Okay, so by now you’ve probably figured out that odds checkers are pretty darn awesome when it comes to placing a sports bet, but how exactly does one go about using an odds checker? Well, wouldn’t you know it, that’s what we’re going to be looking at for you right now. Aren’t we good to you?
The first thing to do is find an odds checker that is as user-friendly as possible. Look for an odds checker that clearly and neatly displays the odds for the various sports/events that you have your eye on.
Next, once you’ve looked through the lists and have found the odds that you like the look of, just go ahead and clock on the one that you like, where you will then be redirected to the bookie’s page offering said odds, where you can then go ahead and place your bet.
With a good odds checker, you will also find useful filters, usually at the top of the page, where you can go ahead and narrow down your search. If for example, you just want to build a football accumulator, you can use the filter to sift through the odds for football matches, and nothing else. You can even plan for matches in advance, or go with your favourite bookies, I.E William Hill, Bet365, Ladbrokes, and Paddy Power for example.
Finally, you should ideally look for a calculator which uses decimal odds, rather than fractional odds, which will make it much easier to decipher what you’re looking at, and indeed, to place a bet in general.
Carl Hughes - Editor
Carl Hughes is a leading expert on sports and casino betting. Carl began his career with a BSc in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences from the University of Birmingham before working within the industry for some of the bigger names (GVC and Bet365) and has been praised as being "a leading sports betting commentator".