Online Betting Guide for Beginners

Betting Basics

Wanting to learn more about the basics of betting? Then look no further than our introductory category. Within this section, we explore some of the entry level topics when it comes to betting, covering aspects such as betting terminology, odds conversions and matched betting, explaining how you can make the most of your betting activity and helping you to play smarter. Whether you’re a complete beginner who’s never placed a single bet or want to challenge yourself with a Lucky 63, Trixie or Heinz bet, you can find the information here. Strategies such as spread betting and in play bets are also explained. Once you’ve got to grips with the basics you’ll also have access to some betting predictions from our expert tipsters. They can help you with selections on Soccer Saturday’s Super 6 or to find the winning teams on your weekend accumulator. To make things even easier for you the arbitrage betting section even explains how to guarantee you always make a profit. The betting basics guide contains everything you’ll need to be able to read odds, place bets and most importantly get better value from your betting. 


Advanced Betting

Within our advanced betting guide, you’ll discover a series of more in-depth explanations around a range of topics, and we’ll explain how Timeform and Infogol data can be utilized to make smarter decisions before placing your bets. Hedging bets, Dutch betting and how you can go about building a trading model are just a few of the topics which you’ll be able to learn more about within this category. Not only will you be able to add new elements to your betting strategy, but the guide will also enable you to make more educated decisions when you’ve placed your bets. Deciding whether to cash out or not is a common problem amongst punters. The guide delves into the pros and con of cashing out, so you can be confident that you’re making the right decision at the right time.  We also recommend some of the best betting books that have helped racing fans develop their skills. So if you already have an understanding of betting and are looking for ways to maximize your profit, the advanced betting guide will open your eyes to new opportunities and help you create winning habits so you can beat the bookie. 


Sports Betting

Interested in advancing your knowledge when it comes to a specific sport outside of Horse Racing and Football? We’ve got you covered. Our sports betting guide range is comprised of more than 10 different sports, featuring articles solely based around popular betting sports markets such as Tennis, Snooker, Rugby, Basketball and much more. Here, we’ll run through the best approaches to betting on these markets, providing plenty of pointers along the way as to which types of bets may prove the most beneficial when it comes to getting involved with these sports. There are so many markets available to bet on across a range of sports, the guide is a handy tool to help make your sportsbook betting more profitable. If you’re the kind of person who can always predict the first try scorer in a Super League  then this guide will help you turn your sporting knowledge into betting success. Bookmakers are now offering political betting too, so if you think you know who will win the next election then find out how you could profit in the political betting introduction


Betting Exchanges

New to betting exchanges? Within this section we introduce the Betfair Exchange, explain how the exchange works, the types of bet you can place, whilst also defining a range of key phrases you’ll likely encounter when using this betting platform. The exchange can at first seem complicated, but our simplistic guide will help you become more familiar and confident to try new bet types such as lay betting, giving you options that you don’t have with traditional bookmakers. Adding a new dimension to your bets will allow you to be bolder and see bigger returns. The guide also includes scenarios from the sporting world which proved excellent opportunities for punters to receive huge payouts and could make you rethink which bookmaker you bet with next time. If you think you can beat the other punters and want to see bigger returns then this guide will have you navigating the exchange in no time and also gives you some handy tips to make sure your betting remains profitable.  


Beginner’s Guide

Recently gained an interest in Horse Racing, and want to develop your understanding of the sport, and how to best approach it from a betting point of view? Our beginners guide walks you through an entry level introduction to Horse Racing, before going on to explore each-way betting and where that technique is often best deployed. With Timeform offering so many bet promotions and new customer offers you may want to use one of your free bets on horse racing. The guide will help you make your selections and pick some winning horses. Your betting strategy for the Grand National can evolve from picking a horse with a funny name to making an educated decision on which horse you think will win, as we teach you the most important factors in a horse race. Then find out where the world’s biggest horse races take place to utilize your new skills. Many beginners don’t understand how to read odds, we break that down for you as well so you know what return you can expect from one of your free bets. 


Bookmakers Offers

On the lookout for the best available bookmaker offers? We’ve got them all in one place for you. This section is constantly updated with the most competitive offers from our partners here at Timeform, to ensure that you get the best value on offer across the industry. Whether its horse racing or sportsbook you’ll find an offer that you can redeem on the latest matches and events. We’ve also provided an in-depth review of all our partner bookmakers, so you can have total confidence in the ones you bet with. Check out which bookmakers offer betting on your favorite sports. You could be getting a price boost on your accumulator or money back if your bet loses. New customers can take advantage of the most attractive sign up offers and redeem hundreds of pounds worth of free bets, whilst bookmakers also make offers on some of the biggest fixtures in sport available to existing customers too. Search for the latest matched bets, money back refunds, reload bonuses and more to find the offer that most suits you. 


Casino Offers

At Timeform we don’t just offer horse racing and sportsbook offers, in this section we also bring you the best promotions from our online casino partners. Paddy Power casino, Betfair casino and many more are offering some of the best bonuses out there, and you can redeem the offers here. You’ll find some excellent welcome and loyalty bonuses, plus get yourself some free spins to use on the best online slots such as Mega Moolah and Rainbow Riches. There are so many free bets we’ve also provided reviews on all our online casino partners, so you can decide which one is right for you. New to online casinos? Then that’s fine too because in this section we also explain how the different types of bonuses work and provide advice on what to look for in an online casino, so you can have complete trust before the fun starts. So whether roulette or blackjack is your game, or you’re just feeling on a winning streak, you’ll be sure to find a promotion here that you can redeem on the game of your choice. 


Timeform Knowledge

The Timeform Knowledge is a series of articles developed with the sole purpose of helping people understand more about horse racing specifics. Written by the Timeform analysts the articles allow you to gain an inside knowledge around some of the more advanced aspects of horse racing and wagering. With decades of experience our experts cover topics such as analyzing race times, sectional analysis and how to read a race. You’ll be able to measure trends and effects, helping you to pick winners, or if you prefer more security in your bets there’s also a full article dedicated to each way betting. The betting world has rapidly evolved over the last couple of decades and the series covers some of the modern features such as in play betting, whilst also delving into the art and science of pool betting so you can play the Tote Placepot. Discover the psychology of betting and determine how much you should be staking with an understanding of the Kelly Criterion formula so that your betting is more enjoyable and profitable. 


Tote Betting

Learn all about Tote betting with a selection of articles written by Timeform's experts. Start with 'How does Tote betting work?' to get an introduction to how it all works before delving deeper into the opportunities that betting on the Tote has to offer you. Then move on to looking at 'choosing the right Tote bet', helping you fit your bet to the selections you have in mind - and the Tote offers no shortage of bet types, including an array of 'exotic bet types'. If you're betting on the Tote, it's also important to know what the term 'permutation' or 'perms' means, and you can find out all about that here. Finally, learn how you can use Timeform to find bets on the Tote