I had a question today from a reader called Helen who wanted to understand exactly what a particular tip from Roberto meant.
It’s probably easiest if I quote directly from Helen’s email:
- “What does this mean below? What is he suggesting you bet on? (I know this bet is out of date but they keep confusing me). Is he saying back Sampdoria or back a draw, coz if it’s a draw why does he say Sampdoria as well? And what is the no bet bit about?
- (And from another tip, what on earth is an Asian handicap????)”
The tip in question was yesterday’s winning bet on Sampdoria:
> hi all
> TODAY’S MATCHES
> SAMPDORIA versus VERONA (FOOTBALL,ITALY CUP,20:00 GMT)
> BET DETAILS
> BACK SAMPDORIA DRAW NO BET @ 1.87 (BETVICTOR)
> 1% STAKE
> NEXT MESSAGE TOMORROW AROUND 11:30 GMT
Now, seasoned punters will realise Roberto was advising his readers to bet on Sampdoria to win in the “Draw No Bet” market, which provides a degree of insurance for straight win bets, by offering a full stake refund in the event of a tie. Punters pay for this insurance policy in the form of less generous odds.
However, the concept of “Draw No Bet” markets was lost on Helen. Because neither Roberto nor I had, er, really bothered to explain them.
Further, as Helen pointed out, the terminology of the betting world doesn’t help.
After all, a handicap bet I can probably guess at.…but an Asian Handicap?
Is this some reference to dodgy betting schools in Macao!?
Or those match-fixing English footballers accepting offshore ‘bungs’??
Seriously, what does make a Handicap specifically Asian, as opposed to, say, European?
When I first described the differences between the two to my other half, he didn’t get it either, and launched into an irrelevant (but still quite amusing) allusion to Monty Python’s African and European swallows…
But back to the matter in hand!
The answer to Helen’s query relates to the use of half and quarter goals in Asian Handicaps, to add nuance to the predictions, with the added possibility of partial stake refunds under certain circumstances.
But my point is: the continental reference would hardly lead you to a better understanding of what’s involved. You’re just supposed mysteriously to sort of “figure it out”.
Anyway, all this made me think.
There are probably a million and one questions that those starting out in the betting world would like to raise – but maybe are just too shy to ask!
If so, now’s your chance!
Please feel free to list any betting questions you may have in the comments section below, or by writing to me at [email protected].
Those of you brave enough to ask public questions on this page will get quicker responses….
And, if I receive enough queries, I may just write an Introduction to Betting PDF!
So please… don’t be shy!