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Are You Up For The Challenge Of Spread Betting?

Mar 21, 2008
There is one type of betting you can do online that involves a little bit more challenge than the average win or version we all participate in. It is something that many people avoid because of its complexity while at the same time many people participate in it for that very same reason.

This is the world of spread betting. It is loved by many and loathed by others. Just as many poker players enjoy the challenge of a tough game, many bettors cannot live without the test of spread betting. The mathematical calculations and knowledge needed to make a wager in this betting arena is actually the draw for thousands of punters. It is rather like beating the computer at a chess game!

Sporting Index

The first major component of spread betting is the sporting index. This index is created by mathematicians and statisticians who use all the data they can possibly gather before deciding what the odds are. All the past scoring information for all the sports teams, all the stats for every individual player throughout their entire career are necessary to compile the information necessary for the sporting index. Beyond the history of a team and all the players, indexes for this type of betting also take into account how likely certain plays are to happen and how likely certain aspects of a game are to happen in a particular venue. For example the odds of a win in a certain stadium may be quite a lot higher than in another stadium. Such odds drastically affect what the sporting index might come up with as odds for a game you are betting on.

One of the most interesting parts of spread betting for those who embrace it is the fact that the average punter might not appreciate the precision of the sporting index that in the cornerstone of this type of betting. Many spread betting aficionados really like to pit themselves against the 'machine' and get far more satisfaction from such a win than they do from one requiring less finesse.

Winners and Losers

Because this type of betting can pay out a lot more than other types of bets, it also carries much more risk. Not only can you get a substantially bigger payout when you win in spread betting, but you can actually lose a lot more when you don't win. A spread betting loss means you pay out using the same formula as is used on the win.

Betting agencies are keen to remind you that if you cannot afford to pay out money on this type of betting loss, then you should not place a bet at all. The risk is actually part of the thrill for those who love betting the most and can afford to play.

If you have not tried this type of betting before but feel you are up to the challenge, why not give it a whirl? Make sure you are aware of how much you could lose (make it as little as possible to start off), do your math and make your wager - if you think you can handle the test.
About the Author
Shaun Parker is an expert on betting. He often uses free bets,spread betting, sports betting and online betting techniques to make the most of his money.
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