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Betting Advice - Internet Football Betting and High Street Betting

There was a time when the service provided by local bookmaker offered just horse racing, greyhounds and the occasional football fixed odds coupon. Nowadays bookmaking is big business and shops are more akin to mini casinos, but their popularity seems to be increasing with the enhanced services available.

When the bookmakers diversified into football betting, two coupons were usually the maximum provided comprising a long list of fixtures and another where the matches were divided into sections from which one or two were selected from each. Walk into any High Street shop now and there is a plethora of coupons from which to choose, with goals predictions, individual match betting, European exclusives and many other permutations.

Basically, these coupons are generally offering the same odds for the games but arranged differently to cater for different interests and some may offer bonuses for one or many correct selections. The shops will always be advertising special bets to entice the customer in the same way as any shop displays its merchandise.

However, the High Street shops do have their limitations. Distribution problems occasionally mean that preferred coupons are not always available at the desired time, and in most towns and cities, the big four operators Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill and Betfred tend to be the only choice. Reputable Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are expanding their network into England, and apart from the occasional smaller scale local service, punters are restricted to these providers. It is also worth noting that paper coupons can only handle a certain number of matches and so only cover the more popular matches, although some Sunday coupons have a greater range of European games.

Compare this to the increasing expansion of bookmaking on the internet. In addition to the main High Street organisations, there is much more choice available with Bet365, SkyBet and Stan James just a few of the companies offering not only betting in horse racing and football, but all sports, poker and casino services. Sport betting is only a small percentage of their actual turnover.

When taking a glance at the internet football odds available by Ladbrokes, for example, these can compare quite favourably at times compared to the High Street versions and there are many more matches covered. Whereas the High Street coupons only focus on the main leagues in England, Scotland and the more popular European leagues due to their spaces restrictions, there seems to be an indefinite range available on-line. The English Ryman and Evo-Stick leagues are examples of lower division football widely offered as are the Poland Ekstralasa, French Ligue 2, the Chinese Super League, Dutch Jupiler League (second division) and many more. A click on a drop down list will show the variety of opportunities for individual match betting, ranging from last goalscorer, number of corners etc.

skybet.com Accumulators are also possible on as many matches and leagues as required, and where internet betting claims a distinct advantage is the means to offer in-play odds. Additionally, having several sessions open simultaneously can lead to a quick comparison of odds, but this will only be appropriate for customer with several bookmaking accounts.

The only drawback for internet sites is the actual need to open an account before betting is allowed, but this should not pose a problem especially with the various special offers advertised. Determining the minimum stake should be the only point of query, and quite often chat lines are available for posing any relevant questions.

Obviously, availability of shops and suitable technology will be the determinant for which service can be utilised and High Street bookmakers and Internet providers both have their merits. Yet for the greater range of bets and the seemingly indeterminable permutations, on-line services can offer so much more and can cater for the global interest in football.

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