India is a cricket-crazy nation where the sport is no less than religion, and the cricketers are worshipped. Though the two teams of 11 players each sweat out on the field, millions live the same euphoria glued to their TV sets. There are also a good number of people who play the game virtually, totally engrossed in it by placing bets on the game. Betting online has become a big industry today. With the IPL season drawing closer, more and more will be gearing up to place bets and make some quick money.


If you are also one of them, here are a few things that you should keep in mind before placing your bets.


Be Aware of the Latest Happenings in the Cricket Arena


You should be aware of the various statistics related to the game and the players. To be updated on all the latest information, you can make use of multiple websites that offer it for free. The internet is always buzzing with all sorts of information. All you need to do is do some research and figure out sites that have the required data, which will help you in your preparation. By downloading the data needed and analysing it properly, you can gain a slight edge over other punters and brighten your winning chances. Besides accumulating information about the players, you should also focus on the pitch and weather conditions to place the right bet having better winning odds.


Choose the Right Website to Bet


Various websites let you place bets, but not all are good and genuine. You should choose a site that is reputed and has all the security protocols in place. It should adhere to the law of the land and should have all the required certifications. The site should preferably be using 256-bit encryption as you would be dealing with real money while placing the bets. It ensures that your financial and personal data do not get leaked or compromised. A 128-bit SSL encryption is a must for the website to have, and it should also have a good firewall in place to stop any virus or malware attacks.


For instance, if you are thinking of placing bets in India in the IPL season, then IPL betting by will be the right choice. To check the authenticity of the website, you can scroll down to the bottom of the home page and look for the dynamic seal of approval of the Gaming Authority. If you find it, then the site is authentic, and there’s nothing to worry about.


Pick the Right Event to Bet


Cricket matches happen all the year round in all three formats, which are test match, one day and 20-20. It would help if you decided beforehand which event you want to focus on as the research required for all these formats vary. It also varies with national and international events. For instance, the ability and skills of players to perform in different forms of the game changes and only a few players can perform to the best of their ability in all three formats of the game. Most are excellent in any one form and a non-entity in others. Thus, figuring out which format of the game you will participate in is essential so that the research and analysis can be done accordingly.


Understand the Types of Bet


There are various types of cricket betting [valid where legal] available and not all happen on all websites. What bets are available on a particular portal depends on the bookmaker. Some bets are standard and available on all betting portals like the ‘match outcome’ bets where the bet is won or lost depending on the outcome of the match. The propositional bets, however, vary from portal to portal. These bets can be placed on the number of sixes, the number of fours, total boundaries in an inning, leading run-scorer, leading wicket-taker, the man of the match etc. They cannot be placed on a gut feeling and need thorough research and understanding of the game. You should make an informed call on the bets you want to place based on how detailed your research is and how reliable your analysis is.


Understand the Betting Terminology


Apart from understanding the game, it would help if you also understood the terminology used in the betting world. You should know what the betting odds are and how they work in India. You should be well-versed in reading these odds and be aware of the factors that can affect or impact these odds. The various bookmakers also keep varying margins in setting these sets. Thus, you should know which sites are offering the best odds and the best pay-outs in your favour. All this will help you in understanding things better, and then you can judiciously place the bet.


Cricket betting sites (applicable where legal) are an excellent way to have fun as well as make some money. But, before you venture into it, you should do some groundwork to prepare yourself well. Jumping into it without proper preparation will only make you lose money. The internet can be used as an excellent medium to get all the required data for your analysis and make you a prudent punter.


If you want to be a regular bettor who wins consistently, then it will require a lot of analysis and also patience. You can be lucky randomly once but not always. It would help if you spent your time and energy in collecting and analysing data to bet regularly and keep winning. You also require discipline, especially in managing your bankroll. Often people get carried away if they are on a winning or a losing streak. In both these cases – too much profit or loss, they start behaving illogically as their emotions get better of them. A good punter always keeps his or her feelings in check and sticks to his bankroll management system.


If you keep the above-discussed things in mind, you will bet with clarity and have a lot of fun and earnings.

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