You can have a flutter on anything from college football to professional horse racing. Search online and you will find several bookmakers willing to let you place a bet. That is often what makes sports so exciting and nail-biting to watch. If you want to place a bet and aren’t quite sure which games to place your money on, here is the lowdown on the best sports to bet on.

Horse Racing

This has been a popular sport to bet on for centuries. These days, horse racing is a huge event with races such as the Grand National taking place in the UK every year and Ascot week being a huge fashion event, especially Ladies Day, as well as focusing on horses and racing. There is a lot of money to be won at the racetrack, but it does help if you have done your research and know what you are doing.

There are plenty of bookmakers willing to offer you odds and they all compete for business. This means that if you shop around, you will get great odds on the horse you want to bet on. Online casinos are a fantastic way to bet as many of these offer you free games or bets if you sign up.

You can bet on a horse to win the race, to get a place in the top two or three (depending on how many horses are running.) You can also bet on subsequent races before you get a pay-out. This is known as an accumulator bet; the odds are better for this but that is because the chance of you winning big is smaller, so the bookmakers are taking less risk.


This is the most popular game in the world so no wonder it is one of the best sports to place a bet on. Bookmakers will offer you odds on anything from the premier to the lowest leagues. Strategy plays a big part in the odds. If you follow the game anyway, you will know who has been injured, which manager has just been sacked, and which teams are playing well. This makes football an easy sport to bet on.

If you want a greater chance of winning, opt for betting on an FA cup game. This is where some of the biggest names in football compete with clubs from lower leagues. It is usually obvious who is going to win before the match starts so you are likely to win if you bet on the favourite. You are unlikely to be offered great odds though, so don’t expect to get rich.

You can place a bet on almost anything related to football. In fact, it may be a little overwhelming how many choices you have when it comes to placing a bet.


This is an exciting match to bet on as you never know who will win until the end of the fight. You can even place odds on when the fight will end as boxing matches are not clearly defined by time as other sports are. To finish the fight usually involves 12 rounds, each lasting three minutes.  However, if one of the boxers is knocked out or injured too badly to continue, the referee can stop the fight before the end and declare the boxer who isn’t injured the winner. This makes placing a bet like this thrilling and unique to the sport.

Big fights take place whenever the promoters can set them up, meaning there are no fixed rules about when a big fight will happen. This keeps boxing fans on their toes. Big fights are usually well promoted with the boxers squaring up to each other for the television cameras in the days ahead of the fight. The hype that surrounds a title fight and the crowds and locations make boxing a great sport to bet on. Also, if you are betting on the outcome of the fight, you have a 50% chance of winning.


Athletics are a magnificent event to bet on. These events tend to be clubbed together, such as the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. This allows sports fans to bet on many different events on the same day. The pace of some of these events, such as the sprinting, makes it an exhilarating competition to watch, and you can never be quite sure of the outcome until the end of the event.

Competitors tend to take part for their countries in these big events and that makes it easier to place an emotional bet on the country you want to see win. However, you do need to consider strategy too as there is often more than one competitor representing the same country. Most countries have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, the UK is renowned for its cycling and rowing ability and Russia have always done well in gymnastics events.


The wonderful thing about betting on cricket matches is that there are different types to choose from, which means that you won’t get bored. If you love the game, you might bet on a test match; for something faster-paced, 20:20 cricket often offers great odds; and, if you are an emotional bettor, The Ashes is a fantastic competition for you to bet on.

It does help if you understand the rules of cricket as it can be difficult to understand what is going on otherwise. The scoring system is not as straightforward as the football game. However, if you love cricket and you are looking for a way to get more involved with it, then betting on the outcome of a match might be the way to go.

These are the top five sports to bet on. They are great fun to watch if you have placed a bet as you feel more involved in the game when you are hoping to have a big win.


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