Guides

If you’re new to betting, or are wondering what some of the terms that are used mean, and want to learn more about betting in general, then this guides section is for you. We’ve created a series of guides that explains everything you need to know about betting, odds, terminology in horse racing, different bet types, guides to different sports betting markets and more.

York

The Different Types of Horse Races You Can Bet On

Horse racing can be a little confusing for complete beginners, and even casual fans. So we’ve compiled a detailed guide, which explains all the different types of horse races you can bet on.

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Daban

How to Read a Race Card

Knowing how to read a race card is essential when placing a bet. It gives you all the information you need, but if you don’t understand it, or get something wrong, you might as well be throwing money away.

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Frozen Angel

What is Jump Racing?

Jump racing is a type of horserace in which the horses must overcome several obstacles in order to win. These obstacles can include hurdles, fences, water and open ditches – depending on the type of jump race it is. In the UK, Ireland and France its official name is National Hunt Racing.

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Newbury

What is Handicapping?

A handicap race attempts to give each horse an equal chance of winning. It works by adding weights to the better horses, to try and slow them down, and create an exciting finish. The amount of weight added to each horse is based on a number of factors, which we’ll discuss in more detail later…

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Yarmouth

What is Flat Racing?

Flat racing is a type of horserace which takes place on level ground, rather than a racecourse that includes hurdles and other obstacles. It is more of a measure of speed and, depending on the length of the course, stamina. The permitted distance of a flat race can be anywhere between 400 metres and three…

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The Twisler

How are horse racing ratings calculated?

In another of our Bookies.com guides, we explained what handicapping was, how it works and what you need to look out for when placing a bet. Within that guide, we talked about horse ratings – which are numbers given to horses to determine what their handicap should be. In this guide, we’re going to explain…

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Actress

Horse Form Explained

The word ‘form’ in horseracing is used the same way as in many other sports – to describe the recent performances of a particular competitor. If a horse has been doing well, and winning lots of races, then it’s considered to be in good form. But if a horse hasn’t been too hot lately, and…

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Frankel

Horse Racing Jargon Buster

We’ve compiled a useful reference for all horse racing-related jargon.

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Horseplay

How to Place a Bet

For the veteran punter, placing a bet is no big deal. They’ve done it a thousand times before. But for those new to the betting world, it might be a little complicated. Once you’ve got your head around understanding odds, and all the different rules, you’ve then got to make sure you know how to…

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Muntahaa

What is Rule 4?

Rule 4 is one of the more complicated aspects of betting. But it’s important to understand what it is, and what it means for you. Otherwise, you could get a nasty shock when your horse wins, but your winnings are less than you expected.

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Uttoxeter

Betting Jargon Buster

We’ve compiled a useful reference for all betting-related jargon.

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Ascot

The Different Types of Bets Explained

Betting is simple, right? You put a quid on a horse at 9/1, and if that horse wins the race, you win £9 and get your £1 stake back – for a total return of £10. But it’s not always that easy to understand. There are lots of different types of bets, from singles and…

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Venice Beach

Betting Odds: The Only Guide You Need

Odds represent how likely something is to happen, in the eye of the bookmaker. If something is extremely unlikely to happen, then the bookies will place big (or long) odds on it. Punters can win a lot of money predicting something like this will happen. On the other hand, low odds mean something is more…

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Aintree

What Is The Difference Between Fractional and Decimal Odds?

When placing a bet online, or at the bookies, you will be told what the odds of that bet are. These odds will be displayed in one of two formats – fractional or decimal. But what do they mean? And what is the difference between the two? Does one mean a larger potential return than…

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Newton Abbot

What Does Each Way Betting Mean?

An each way bet is two bets in one. You bet on a horse to win, and you also bet on that same horse to finish in the top two, three or four positions. The two bets are known as a ‘win’ and a ‘place’. A £1 each way bet means you put one £1…

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