What are the Sports You can Bet on

This is part 3 of the Betwiser Sports Betting Beginners Guide. On this page, you’ll learn what type of sports you can bet on through sports betting agencies, and you’ll see just how many options are available to choose from

What can you bet on? … Almost anything is the simple answer. Really Anything?… Yes almost. Some betting agencies have taken this to the point of saying “If it moves, you can bet on it”.

I guess you can’t blame them for offering so many different things. It makes perfectly good sense for them to do so.

From a betting agencies point of view, the more sports (and other events like TV shows) they have available to bet on, the more chances to attract a large number of people, and the more people that are betting, the better it is for them.

Initially they offered horse racing and boxing as betting options – but soon they realised that any sport that was televised attracted a very big betting market… Why? Because it made the sport more fun if you were able to place a bet on it and watch it live.

Now with the introduction of streaming sporting events live on the Internet, betting agencies have just about all sports available to bet on. Some websites even offer you to stream the sport straight from their website for free. How nice is that.

The sports that you can bet on

Some caution here is necessary. You’re about to see some very big lists. I have done this to prove a point that there are a lot of things you can bet on, and the best way to show you this is to break it down.

All the good betting agencies offer the same sports to bet on – basically there isn’t all that much that separates them when choosing things to bet on (the differences between them comes down to who offers the better odds and promotions mainly).

Although with that being said, I’ve put the below list together from the options available from Betfair and Sportsbet.

Once again, this is a huge list, and I have intentionally added everything so you can see just how many options are available. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

  • American Football
  • Australian Rules
  • Bandy
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Canadian Football
  • College Basketball
  • College Football
  • Darts
  • Floorball
  • Golf
  • Greyhound Racing
  • Handball
  • Horse Racing
  • Horse Racing – Virtual
  • Ice Hockey
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Motor Sport
  • Pelota
  • Pool
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Snooker
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Winter Sports

There’s a lot to chose from inside the categories

The above list is the top category of the sports. But this than expands into further and further categories. Let’s look at one of the examples just to see how many options are available.

If we expend the category of Soccer – the categories inside this are:

  • Argentinian Soccer
  • Australian Soccer
  • Austrian Soccer
  • Belgian Soccer
  • Brazilian Soccer
  • Bulgarian Soccer
  • Chilean Soccer
  • Copa Sudamericana
  • Croatian Soccer
  • Cypriot Soccer
  • Czech Soccer
  • Danish Soccer
  • Dutch Soccer
  • English Soccer
  • Euro 2012
  • French Soccer
  • Friendlies
  • German Soccer
  • Greek Soccer
  • Hungarian Soccer
  • Italian Soccer
  • Japanese Soccer
  • Mexican Soccer
  • N Irish Soccer
  • Norwegian Soccer
  • Polish Soccer
  • Portuguese Soccer
  • Romanian Soccer
  • Russian Soccer
  • Scottish Soccer
  • Serbian Soccer
  • Slovakian Soccer
  • Slovenian Soccer
  • Spanish Soccer
  • Specials
  • Swiss Soccer
  • Turkish Soccer
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • Ukrainian Soccer
  • US Soccer
  • Welsh Soccer

So inside of the Soccer category, you can pick almost any country that has an organised Soccer league.

The rabbit hole still goes on

… And then once you get into one of these categories, let’s say English Soccer, the following options are available:

  • Barclays Premier League
  • Blue Square North
  • Blue Square Premier
  • Blue Square South
  • Carling Cup
  • FA Cup
  • FA Trophy
  • Johnstones Paint Trophy
  • Npower League One
  • Npower League Two
  • The Championship

After all this drilling down we finally get to where most will be familiar with. The leagues. But then inside of this it still goes on.

The betting markets

Now let’s get into the Barclays Premier League category where we are finally shown the betting markets:

  • Accumulators
  • Fixtures 21 November
  • Fixtures 22 November
  • Fixtures 27 November
  • Fixtures 28 November
  • Head to Head Leagues
  • Month End Markets
  • Season Match Bets
  • Team Specials
  • Best of Rest 2010/11
  • Handicap Win 2010/11
  • Straight Forecast
  • Top 10 Finish 2010/11
  • Top 2 Finish 2010/11
  • Top 3 Finish 2010/11
  • Top 4 Finish 2010/11
  • Top 6 Finish 2010/11
  • Winner 2010/11
  • Top English Goal scorer
  • Top Goal scorer 2010/11
  • Top Goal scorer – Top 4
  • Finishing Positions
  • Premier League Points
  • Relegation 2010/11
  • Winner/Top GS 2010/11

I’ll stop the list here just because once you get into one of the categories above it lists a lot of individual players. This list is far too long to show here but I hope that from this demonstration you can see the sheer size of the Soccer market.

So there are quite a few things here that should keep you busy for a very very long time.

Now here’s the warning. Even though there are a lot of sports to choose from, it’s recommended that you pick one of the above sports and focus on becoming an expert on it.

In this way you can make the best possible informed decisions about the outcome of the event, and therefore have the best possibility of making a good return on your money.

I’d suggest that you make your decisions based on your interest for the sport, the frequency of bets, the betting market size (important for betting exchanges), the size of the market in terms of keeping updated with information about all aspects of it.

It goes beyond sports

Going back to the point about the more things online betting agencies offer you to bet on, the more people they will attract – in recent times betting agencies have started offering things to bet on apart from sports.

These days you can bet on the winner of Australia’s next X Factor, the date of a royal wedding, or the divorce of a famous celebrity couple – even who you think the BBC sports personality of the year would be. Yes, some of the things that you can bet on are ridiculous.

The basic idea is that any event that people are interested in is open to becoming a betting market, so long as that event has an outcome. Some of the categories you will find are:

  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Bets
  • Politics
  • Special Bets

I don’t recommend using any of the four markets above as part of your professional online betting endeavours.

If you watch X Factor, or any of those other reality TV shows then it might make it more interesting to have a bit of a bet on it, but in my opinion, these markets should not to taken too seriously.

  • Part 4 – Sports Betting Agencies to Use and Promotional Codes

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