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Betting Systems – Why Betting Exchanges Have Raised the Bar by Cliff Thurston

Betting exchanges offer people a method to directly place bets against each other, very much like nobility used to do during the earliest days of one-on-one thoroughbred racing, so maybe it is the exchange that is closer to tradition?

Betting exchanges such as Betfair enable punters to place bets against each other in support of which horse they believe will win or lose a particular race. Such betting exchanges typically offer punters much higher odds than traditional bookmakers, and that’s why I always recommend comparing their odds against that of the high street bookie.

According to Betfair, during peak hours they’ve matched over 12,000 bets per minute. If the originally player who placed the bet likes your counter-offer – they accept and the bet is matched. This represents a significant marketplace that will see very large sums of money changing hands every day. If someone else believes that the horse will lose the race, and they like the odds that are offered, they will lay it. Odds are never manipulated to protect profit margin and the only cost for using the system is a low commission that is applied to net winnings. With a betting exchange, a punter always wins, not a bookmaker. This represents high-energy, fast moving action where the odds change by the second. . How Does This System Work?

Why The Punter Always Wins

One of the most revolutionary changes that the advent of the internet has produced, is the introduction of new and sophisticated online betting systems, where the ‘traditional’ bookmaker is no longer king.

The new ‘breed’ of betting systems is called a betting exchange and the way that these exchanges operate, means that as a punter the odds are more stacked in our favour, which is of course no bad thing.

Most people would think that the bookmaker is the image of traditional betting, well maybe not. Players can enjoy the flexibility of offering their own odds within a betting system that gives the punter almost complete control and the ability to dictate a certain event on their own terms.

This approach to betting of course means that a punter always wins. In-play betting allows players to use their own analysis to try to predict results of an event even after the event has begun. Either way, one player or another is going to win and make money.

>From my own experience, I have found the arena of betting exchanges quite exciting and it’s very hard to beat the pure excitement of what Betfair calls an “in-play”. This means that even right into the middle of any event, two people can immediately place a bet regarding the outcome of that event.

Maybe the most unique and attractive aspect to betting exchanges is the fact that its the punters who get to choose the odds, not the bookie. If one person believes that a particular horse will win a race; they will back that horse and offer a wager price. This represents extremely high liquidity across a huge range of markets, and many betting exchanges attract both very high-rollers and small-time punters as well, with small minimum bets available to cater for the latter.

First of all, as there are no bookmakers, there are no longer any hefty margins either. At that point, the bet is matched.

Whatever your thoughts or beliefs, exchanges have forced the bookmaker to look at its business model, and in time this will benefit one set of important individuals, the ones who provide the money, the punter.

In fact, Betfair and their betting exchange counterparts have presented the public with a new and innovative approach to placing bets, that of course removes the middleman; otherwise know as the bookmaker.

As far as comparing it to the betting systems of yesteryear, it is about as far removed as you could get.

Which Came First?

Players Control The Odds, Not The Bookmakers

Once this has been done, its then down to other interested punters to actually provide a counter-offer to these odds. On betting exchanges such as Betfair, the players themselves are in complete control of the odds and the prices – not the bookmakers.

The excitement of such a betting system is that two players can pit their wits against each other regarding their ability to do real-time analysis in predicting what they believe will be the outcome

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