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Gambling on Greyhounds: Things You Should Know

  • 02/07/2022
greyhound-race.jpgGreyhound betting is a pastime that has been around for many years. Despite the many closures of UK tracks recently, the sport is still as popular as ever, with new punters joining in on the fun every single day, due to greyhound and dog racing online betting that has become so available to punters. If you are new to the genre of gambling, we have a gambling guide with tips and hacks of how to place wagers where greyhound betting is concerned. 

With races staged all day, there will be plenty of opportunities to get a wager in or two. It will just be a case of picking the right ones that will help you walk away with the profit you are craving and wanting for yourself.

Know your expressions in greyhound racing 

This may seem fairly obvious, but the number of gamblers that opt for greyhound betting and assume they will pick up the lingo, without actually studying it are in larger numbers than you would think. One of the most frequently used expressions in greyhound racing, is ‘you can beat an egg, but you can’t beat a good draw!’ This is used to look at the draw of 6 racing greyhounds. Open races are drawn at random, meaning there can be uneven distribution of seeds, with any race having a distribution of two railers, middles and wides. 

Up and Down Grading Ladders

Next thing you need to keep in mind is check the grades that are used to identify race distance. This is important when it comes to knowing which race you want to bet on. A ‘D’ race is what is used for sprints that occur over two bends. An ‘A’ race is a standard for each track that has four bends, B is a shorter four-bend race which is common at many racing tracks like Doncaster for example. E and M races are the longer distance races which are considered marathons in greyhound racing. Finally S races are the race venues which run over six bends and are very common within the greyhound racings genre. 

You will need to use the letter system as a way to identify which race you will be gambling on.

Forecast and Tricast Betting

Forecast and Tricast betting provides some of the best returns in the business of betting. Forget the Premier League betting, when you predict the correct order of the first 2 or 3 hounds, the returns can be very profitable indeed. Forecast betting is the first two places of hound racing, Tricast betting is where there is a first, second and third place prediction, and all places need to be correct for you to win by the way. Keep this in mind: the bigger the prices of the dogs, the bigger the return potential should you guess correctly on the places of the greyhounds. 

Top betting tips to take away:

1.     Specialise

There are 19 tracks that offer greyhound racing within the UK, and with multiple meetings a week for each track, you won't be able to keep up with everything, so make sure you specialise in the tracks you like and are interested in. The best way to narrow down your gambling is by specialising in either the open class racing, or at one track that catches your eye, and you want to keep track of.

2.    Early pace wins the race

Many tracks have more of a pace bias than the others (it varies), however it will be up to you to be drawn to certain types of runner dogs. Frontrunner dogs are always better at winning, over distance, and they can pick their way out of rivals from the back. While early pace trapping is not always the same thing, you can spot the leader from the dogs to aid your betting.

3.    16 weeks

This is the date where the bitches will be coming out of the season, and you must follow up on them to ensure they reach peak form for the season. The race card will say what season date it is playing, as well as if they are in their peak powers when racing. Using this angle, you will be able to find the nice angle of which good, priced winners could evolve and appear. It is the attention to details that always take the track. Remember that.

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