Ever since the dawn of the Internet, the betting industry has changed in so many different ways. One of the most striking and appealing for punters is the fact that they can now bet on sporting events while they are taking place. This is called In Play betting and since its introduction online, it has proven to be a big draw for punters.
It’s not difficult to see why. If you are watching a tennis match or soccer game on the television and can see a clear indication that one of the participants is getting on top and is likely to win the next set, or perhaps score a goal, then you may want to bet on that. With In Play betting, you can.
Almost all the top bookmaking sites and apps offer In Play betting as part of their service now and some are definitely better than others. In this article, we are going to focus on what SkyBet offers its punters and look at how its Live betting service (SkyBet don’t call it In Play) shapes up.
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What sports do SkyBet offer via Live In Play betting?
SkyBet offers a wide variety of different sports via their In Play betting service and what sports are available depends on what events are scheduled for that day and also the time of the day that you are looking at the site.
For example, there are not as many options to bet on first thing in the morning as there are in the evening when more sporting events tend to take place in the UK.
SkyBet’s In Play betting service tends to focus on sports that SkyBet has a strong affiliation with, so you are likely to find Football and Tennis available on the service most of the time (the site will offer in play betting on events around the globe on these sports).
Other sports covered by the service include Basketball, Horseracing, Golf, American Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Darts, Formula 1 Racing and Boxing.
One neat feature which allows you to see a list of events that SkyBet will offer live betting on well in advance is the Calendar feature accessed by clicking the calendar icon on the right hand side of the screen. This shows you a long list of events and sports which Sky will be offering live betting on.
Using a football match as an example, what markets can I typically bet on with SkyBet In Play?
As for what markets you can bet on for a sporting event, using football as an example, what you tend to find happens is that the bigger the sporting event and the more popular it is, not to mention how local it is to the UK, then the more betting markets you will find available via the In Play betting service on SkyBet.
For example, if you are looking at a football match on live betting from the lower leagues in India, then you are likely to have only a select number of markets to bet on.
However for a big Premier League game, you will find that you have a far greater number of bets available to you to bet on in play.
In general, the most common football bets you can bet on in play with SkyBet are:
- Full Time Result
- Full Time Score (with and without a handicap)
- Exact number of goals in the game and for home and away teams
- Draw No Bet market
- Team Bets
- Goal Bets
- Next Goalscorer/Corner/Booking type bets
- Referee Betting
- Match Incidents Betting (number of bookings, next player booked etc)
That general rule of thumb applies across all sports, so for a big Tennis match, you will have far more markets available to bet on than for a Challenger tour match or similar and the same goes for all events in other sports too.
Can I watch live stream of the sporting event in question on SkyBet?
Until recently SkyBet didn’t offer any live streaming options, however with SkyBet you can now watch UK and Ireland horse races provided you have made a bet of £1 or more on the race. Furthermore, SkyBet are also now starting to stream certain football matches live which allows users to tune in and watch while betting on them in play.
In truth, this service on SkyBet isn’t as advanced on other sites (such as Bet365 for example), but it is good to see Sky moving to improve their live streaming service.
How do you place an in play bet with SkyBet?
Placing an In Play bet is done in exactly the same way as you would place any other bet on SkyBet. Simply click on the odds of the selection that you wish to back to add it to your bet slip. You can then select your stake and place the bet by clicking on the relevant button.
How quickly are your winning In Play bets paid out?
Winning bets are paid out within minutes of the result of the bet you have made being decided. You don’t have to wait until the end of the game to receive your payout if you have bet on a market that doesn’t require it.
For example, if you place a bet on which player will win the next game in a tennis match, once that game is complete, your bet will be settled and any money owed to you for winning will be paid. You don’t have to wait until the end of the match to receive your cash.
Are there any hints or tips I need to follow when In Play betting?
Essentially, betting Live in play with SkyBet is the same process as betting on any other sporting market, but there is one key difference and that is that time is of the essence when it comes to placing your bet.
In a game situation, things can change very quickly, so if you back a market at a certain price, you will need to place that bet quickly to get that price as often odds on markets will change very quickly. If you add a bet to the slip then pontificate as to whether to place the bet, you may find the odds have changed when you come to place it.
Other than the need for expedient betting, Live in play betting on SkyBet is a fast and fun way to bet while watching any number of high quality sporting events on your TV, or even in person as you can bet Live while actually at a football match or tennis match on your mobile.
If you have not given In Play betting a try, then SkyBet is a great place to start.