Live Cricket Betting
One way to keep online sports betting exciting is to bet on live games.
That’s right – you can wager on games or matches while they unfold.
For some players live – or in-play betting is about excitement. Watching the game on second, then betting on what you think will happen the next.
And for others, like experienced bettors, live betting is about the opportunities that can come up you’d otherwise not find in a pre-game selection of lines.
Speaking of which, I’ll be sharing a few live betting strategies in a minute. But first, let’s look at the best sportsbooks for in-play betting. Then a general overview of live betting.
888 Sports – Plenty of betting options both live and pre-game. They have an offer where you can triple your winnings on your first bet. We’ve given them a high rating too. Now they also have improved their live betting (and regular betting) page and it runs very smoothly.
Bet365 – Another high rated sportsbook. You can get a 100% match up to $100 on your first deposit. They stream 70,000+ cricket matches each year too. As with 888sport, they have also moved their site to HTML 5 technology and now runs a lot better.
The Best In-Play Sportsbooks for US Bettors
Bovada – One of the best options for Americans. They offer a 50% match bonus up to $250. A great looking, mobile-friendly site.
We recommend each book. But if you want to learn more before you sign up, you can also check out our reviews.
Or you can continue reading below to learn more about in-play betting, how it works, and the types of bets you can make.
How Live / In-Play Betting Works
Live betting is similar to ‘normal’ betting.
Odds are available shortly before a game starts. And you’ll notice that once one book opens the odds for a game, most books follow immediately after.
This can be a good time to line shop. So, you’ll want to be on your toes.
(In fact, you’ll want to be on your toes – period — if you plan to bet live.)
The betting process – choosing lines, placing bets, etc. — is the same as normal betting. You’ll just want to pull up the screen and refresh it every few seconds/minutes to see the most current/available odds.
Some books updated their odds in real time (no refresh necessary). Just make sure you know what your bookmaker does. Don’t assume – otherwise you might miss an opportunity.
From there you’ll choose your bets, fill out your ticket, and then confirm your wager.
Types of Bets You Can Make
The type of bets you can make will vary from sport to sport. In some cases the bets you can make will be exclusive to live betting, while in others they’ll be the same bets you can make even if the game weren’t live.
Here’s a small sample of in-play bets you can make:
- Draw no bet
- All out
- Match betting
- Top overall first inning
- Top scorecast
- Point spread
- Total points
- Spread – live first half
- Spread – live second quarter
- Total points 0/u – live first half
- 1st half moneyline – live first half
- Odd/even total points
- Odd/even total points – live second quarter
- Will the game go to overtime? – live regulation time
- 3-way moneyline – live 60 mins
- Total goals over/under
- Next goal from 0:2
- Score in all periods – live 60 minds
- Highest scoring period
- To win all periods
- Goals scored
Pretty straightforward. Do keep in mind the selection of bets you can make will vary based on the sport/game AND the bookmaker. So you might want to have accounts at a few different books.
A Few Tips to Get You Started
We want to give you a few tips before you start betting live. These are in no particular order.
One thing to keep in mind – we got these tips from various members of online forums.
Oh, and one common tip from all members is that you should know the sport you’re betting on. Which means you should have some cricket knowledge.
Anyway, let’s get into the tips.
- Look for momentum swings. Is a team scoring a lot of runs? Sometimes teams/players will ride that momentum to a win.
- Don’t pull the trigger right (on new wagers) away. Wait a minute to see if a line changes in your favor. Often something will pop up that’s +EV. But you’ll only find it if you have patience.
- Shop around. Common sense, I know. But the reason I bring it up is because since games are live, bookmakers can have a hard time coming up with (good) lines. Their mistake can be your opportunity.
- Are they (teams/players) starters or finishers? One way to maybe find some value is to look for teams that may have started off slow, but are known to come back strong (they’re finishers). This applies the other way around too – you can look for teams that started off strong, but are known to choke later on.
- Cricket odds change often. When they start shifting you want to get in on the side the odds are getting worse for – at the best price possible.
- Watch the game. It’s really the only way to know what’s going on and to catch anything that might give you an edge like momentum swings and injuries.
Hopefully these help. But, of course, your mileage will vary.