Betting Features & Guides

helpful tipsIn the old days bookmakers were restricted by what they could offer in their shops but with the rise of online betting sites in the internet age this has all changed.  When it comes to the features and tools available online the sky is the limit and in the last decade or so we have seen some outstanding innovations that has changed the way punters place their bets.

On this page you can read guides to all of the very best innovations from modern betting websites. From Cash Out, bet editing and Live Betting to loyalty points and free prediction games we've got full guides on how to use these features and how to get the best out of them.  We also tell you which betting sites have these features and who is the best.

We also talk about potential pitfalls and things to watch out for when using new bookmaker features.  Not every feature is perfect for everyone so make sure you understand the underlying processes and terms before you try them out.

Cash Out, Partial Cash Out and Auto Cash Out

cash outCash Out is probably the biggest and most popular innovation to arrive in the last decade.  The feature lets you choose to take your money early before an event ends in exchange for a lower payout.  This is all about mitigating risks and if used well can be hugely rewarding and a lot of fun.  Of course if used badly it can leave you with a sore taste in your mouth if you miss out on a bigger payout.

Live In Play Betting

live bettingLive Betting is one of the biggest modern advantages of placing your bets online.  The feature is not just entertaining, used properly it can be a great tool to bet on markets at just the right time to maximise your returns.  In Play betting also has its pitfalls and if used badly can lead to poor vlaue returns.  Read about live betting in play and how to integrate with features such as cash out.

Live Streaming

live streamingThe coupling of more availability of live sport and faster internet connections now means tens of thousands of events are available every year to watch live with some of the UK's best betting sites. With top streaming bookies like Bet365 you can watch over 75000 events each year and you only need to have a positive account balance to do so (except for racing). It makes sense to bet with someone who offers good streaming.

Bookmakers With Betting Exchanges

exchangeExchange betting has become a mainstream way to place your wagers in the modern world of online bookmaking. An exchange lets you bet in a normal way by backing outcomes, but it also lets you become the bookmaker by laying bets to other people. Exchanges also come with generally better odds prices because rather than paying the bookmaker a margin you instead pay a flat fee commission on your stake or winnings. Find out more.

Mobile Betting

mobileThe lines between what is or is not mobile betting varies a lot these days. It is quite obvious when using an app that you are betting on mobile but the type of site you will see will depend on the device you use with many small screen laptop and tablet devices showing mobile versions of betting sites. What are the advantages and disadvantages of betting on mobile and does it make a blind bit of difference?

Tote and Totepool Betting

totepool 1The Tote is a classic British institution. Set up by the government in 1928, and now owned and run by Betfred, the Tote is a form of parimutuel betting.  This means the amount you win is based on the size of the betting pool, the amount you stake and the number of winners. Mainly for horse and greyhound racing the bet type can often offer far better odds than conventional fixed odds bookmakers.

The Football Jackpot (By Coral)

tfjThe Football Jackpot is a great bet type / football accumulator / jackpot promotion. The format is a coupon of 15 teams in which you pick the win/draw/win from each fixture. Each line costs just £0.25 and the top jackpot for 15/15 result is guaranteed to be over £100,000 with incremental prizes for less correct. With a minimum overall stake of just £1 this is a lot of fun for a Saturday.

Loyalty Programs For Sports

loyaltyThere are a few good bookmakers that instead of just running money back, enhanced odds and free bet offers also run attractive loyalty schemes.  These allow you to earn points for standard betting in sports (which is rare) as well as casino, bingo and other sections.  Points can then be exchanged on your own terms for what you want, whether that be a bonus, free spins, a free bet or even merchandise.