Below is a small write-up on each of the books
that are used for betting purposes on this site. They have been grouped
according to the betting market and ranked in order of the number of times they
have been cited for official plays since the start of the 2002 season. This
should give a clear indication of which books are the best for golf betting.
When people talk of "The Exchanges" they're invariably
talking about Betfair. Has far and away the largest turnover out of them
all, probably several times all the rest put together, and the only benefit
of the others seems to be that someone occasionally offers the odd decent
price. Is open for business 24 hours a day and they cover an incredible
amount of sports from all over the world. The main appeal of Betfair is that
you often get better odds to back a selection than any of the traditional
bookmakers are offering, and you can also choose to lay a selection you
think will not do so well. Customers start off having to pay 5% commission
on all their winning bets, an amount widely perceived to be too high, but to
be honest it is worth it to be able to bet in this way.
Sporting Index /
Sporting Index are the biggest Spread Betting company and to be honest they
do lead the way in Golf especially. They are usually first up with prices
and have recently introduced a system whereby they put up a list of around
15-20 players and you can pick and choose your own selection(s) to back or
oppose. Also the firm with the most novel markets when bigger events are
being played. Full online trading available 24 hours a day and U.S.
residents can have an account in U.S. dollars.
Bet HiLo are a low risk option within the Sporting Index group whereby you
can bet to much lower stakes. Excellent option for those who are unsure or
do not have the funds to back to the minimum's required normally. Note that
most bets advised with Sporting should normally be available at Bet HiLo.
Smaller outfit but not shy in taking a big position financially. One
advantage in backing with them and something we may use periodically is that
if you place 3 bets with them you can have a fourth "spread free". That can
sometimes be the difference between a trade ignored and one taken that we
perceive as value. Online trading unavailable just now but is being looked
at. You can access your account details online but you cannot trade.
Offshoot of the large financial institution, critics
would say they don't give the sports arm of their business as much time as
their financial and therefore are unlikely to go out on a limb against the
other firms on a price. Having placed less bets with them than the other
four during my time spread betting would suggest this is partly true. Online
trading (like IG) is only available when the office is open.
In June 2004, Cantor opened up Cantor Spreadfair, which is an exchange alternative
to spread betting along the lines of Betfair being an alternative to
traditional firms. A guide to Cantor Spreadfair is available in the "spread betting
guide" in the tab to the left. Prices will almost always be better at
Cantor Spreadfair than they are at Cantor Sport themselves due to the very nature of the
product. If the price is also more competitive than the other 3 firms and
there is sufficient liquidity then we will advise placing a bet here up to a
break point, at which it will then become more value to place elsewhere.
Dublin based firm who offer full online trading when
the office is closed. Do tend to price up golf markets a little differently,
indices can have different scoring, for example. However, their major
difference is that their 72H scoring system is different from the other
four, but this will be highlighted as and when we advise a bet with them
Update 18/05/04:- Today, SportsSpread closed my account as
I was "winning too much". It is a
compliment I suppose but this site always backs the advices given on here
and we can therefore no longer advise plays at this bookmaker. It is of
course not advisable to promote a firm that will close down winning accounts
so for these reasons we will no longer advise any plays from them.
OUTRIGHTS AND MATCHUPS
The best golf book for matchups by far. Has
limited outright offers with win-only and top-5 markets for the PGA Tour
(though the top-5 market does appear very late in the week), but just win-only for the
European, Champions and LPGA Tours. However,
it is terms of their 72-hole and 18-hole matchups that there is no equal. No
other book provides either as many different matchups for each Tour event or
matchups for as many different Tour events as Five Dimes.
Highly recommended for match betting.
Excellent outright offers (win-only, each-way and
place-only to 5, 10 and 20 places, plus a range of other ante markets) for
the PGA and European Tours each week, including live betting on both Tours.
They are particularly notable for offering outright
odds for the widest range of Tours of any book and that includes European
events below Challenge Tour level and some amateur Tour events. A very impressive effort!
Matchup odds are only offered for the PGA, European Tour and LPGA Tours, though.
Very good coverage of the four main Tours each week with outrights and
matchups offered in each, plus top-5 and top-10 place markets for the
European and PGA Tours as well as a range of other ante markets. They also
consistently offer outright odds from some of the minor Tours such as the
Web.com, Japan and European Challenge Tours so their overall golf
coverage is certainly impressive.
Very good coverage of the main Tours
each week, including the Champions and LPGA Tours, plus the Web.com
Tour as a regular market since 2007. The terms are 5 places at
1/4 win odds for all the Tours, plus they offer top-5 and top-10 place betting
and a range of other ante markets for the PGA and
European Tours. Typically one of the
first to price up events on the main Tours.
Only offer win-only
odds in the outrights and for the PGA, European, Champions and LPGA Tours
only, but they make up for this in terms of value in their matchups. They consistently offer unique
tournament matchups for the PGA, European, Champions and LPGA Tours, which
at 10-cent lines and no ties are the best on offer in the business.
only offer 18-hole matchups for the PGA Tour.
Cover the four main Tours - PGA, European, Champions
and LPGA - though largely only offer matchups for the PGA and European
Tours. They were one of the first to offer a weekly 'top-10' betting market
for the PGA and European Tours and they now also offer top-5 and top-20
markets as well as a range of other ante markets. They always offer six
places in each-way betting in the Majors so, together with their frequent
propositions such as 'all losing outright bets will be refunded if your
selection finishes ahead of Tiger Woods', they are a useful golf out.
Full coverage of the PGA, European, Champions and LPGA Tour with win-only
outrights, top-5 place markets, tournament and 18-hole matchups available. Few other books offer such comprehensive coverage
of these four Tours. Sadly though, they no longer such outrights and matchup
markets on the Web.com, European Challenge, European Senior and Ladies
European Tour as they did until 2009.
Standard offerings of outright and matchup betting for
the PGA, European, LPGA and Champions
Tour, plus a range of ante markets for the PGA and European Tours. Historically
have had a reputation for being prepared to lay bigger bets than many
online firms and holding their
prices for longer.
A good range of outright markets for the PGA
Tours, with top-5, top-10 and a wide range of other ante markets plus
matchups for these Tours. In terms of other Tours they offer only each-way
outright markets for the Champions and LPGA Tours, but their golf coverage
has certainly increased in recent years.
Cover the PGA, European, LPGA and Champions Tours with
win-only and top-5 place odds. Always provide matchups
at competitive odds (and with ties void) for these Tours and are
particularly worthy of attention for these markets.
William Hill is one of the oldest bookies in the UK and global name in
sports betting. They offer matchup and outright betting for the Champions and
LPGA Tours as well as the PGA and European Tours where they also offer top-5,
top-10 and a host of other ante markets. William Hill are also one of the few
bookies to regularly offer match odds on the Champions Tour and they also offer
these odds on the LPGA Tour on occasion.
Have reverted to merely a standard range of markets
(each-way, matchups and a few ante markets) for the PGA and European
Tours, but offer only each-way market for the LPGA Tour and none for the
Champions Tours. Having covered these Tours more fully, plus others such as
the Web.com Tour in the past, this is disappointing.
Well-established High Street bookmaker in the U.K.,
but only offer the standard range of outright and matchups
markets for the PGA and European Tour and outright markets only for the
Champions and LPGA Tours.
Good range of outright markets for the PGA and
European Tours, with win-only, top-5, top-10 and top-25 markets plus other
ante markets available. A
more limited range of markets are available for the
Champions and LPGA Tours, though they are unusual in only offering four places
for the Champions Tours. Matchups are offered for all four Tours even
though they are rather small in number.
Standard offering of outrights, matchups and ante
markets for the PGA and European Tours, though they do also
offer top-5 and top-10 place markets on these Tours. In terms of other
Tours, they have had particularly good and wide coverage in the past,
however they now only offer an each-way market for the Champions Tour and
nothing on the LPGA Tour.
Standard offerings in terms of their outright markets
for PGA and European Tours and their matchup
prices are generally good, though few in number. They used to cover a larger
number of Tours and offer far more ante markets on the PGA and European Tours,
but in recent years.
Offer win-only and top-5
markets for the PGA Tour, as well as win-only markets for the European, Champions and LPGA Tour. However, there is
much wider coverage in terms of matchups being available on all four Tours
and these are more worthy of attention.
Offer the standard format of outright, matchup, top-5
and other ante markets markets for the PGA and European Tours as well as
outright markets for the Champions and LPGA Tour. Matchup prices tend to
more unique than the outrights, though.
A good range of offerings of outrights, matchups, top-5 and other ante
markets for the PGA and European Tours,
plus outrights for the Champions and LPGA Tours. BetFred are distinctive for
their regular bonuses and these can commonly be found in their PGA and
European markets: losing outright bets refunded if the player "finishes 2nd
to player x" or "misses the cut by one shot", etc.
Offer the standard range of outright and matchup
markets for the PGA and European Tours. However,
they offer only outright odds
on the Champions Tour on a regular basis and do not cover the LPGA Tour.
Cover the PGA Tour with win-only outrights, plus
a small selection of 72-hole matchups and 18-hole matchups each day. There
are also win-only odds for the European Tour, but no other coverage for this
or any other Tour.