Understanding Pari-Mutuel Betting Origins and Horse Racing Terms

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 04: The field for the Kentucky Derby lead by eventual winner Maximum Security races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 04, 2019. Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

As the football in South Africa gets underway, many fans will decide to have some fun by engaging in some World Cup betting. Gambling can be harmless fun, but care should be taken to keep it safe and a little research can help to improve one’s chances of making a good winning.

Research Betting Odds

One of the most basic things to do when placing a bet is to research the odds of the match in question. Players who carry out online football gambling can look on websites such as online-betting.ph for betting tips to see what the latest predictions are and where they might get the best payouts for a winning bet.

Looking at several sources can give gamblers a more reliable idea of what the likely outcomes are.

Gamblers should be wary of potentially high payouts. Bookkeepers will stack high winnings on to long shots.

If a small bet on one team winning would yield a very high payout, the chances of that team being victorious are low.

Understand Football Gambling

It is important that punters understand how their football bets will work.

Gamblers should not play complicated or unusual bets, such as Dundee Shuffles, unless they understand clearly what the procedure is.

Safe Gambling

Part of the fun of World Cup gambling is the uncertainty and the thrill of winning can be even more enjoyable when a player is aware that the money could all have been lost instead. Failure, however, can be worse than just emotionally devastating if a gambler loses money that he or she cannot afford.

Stick to a Football Gambling Limit

Before playing, gamblers should decide how much they can afford to lose if all their football betting is unsuccessful. This amount should not be exceeded. Anyone who does not feel they have the self-control to adhere to a limit when indulging in some World Cup betting should not play.

Gamblers can be tempted to place bigger and bigger bets whether they are on winning or losing streaks. Placing bets beyond what one can afford to lose, either in the confidence of winning or the desperation of losing, will almost certainly lead to serious losses in the long term.

Stay Safe When Gambling Online

Some people may find they overspend more easily if they carry out football gambling online.

Buying credit may be quick and easy and some online gambling websites will try to use promotions or bonuses to encourage a player to keep spending.

It may also be difficult to control one’s gambling if one is playing alone from home.

Using a prepaid card for online football gambling can help to prevent making serious losses. Gamblers can load it with the maximum they are prepared to lose. Once empty, it should not be topped up.

Play only on reliable and certified websites.

Anyone who is in doubt about their ability to stay in control of their football gambling should refrain from the activity.

Understanding Horse Racing Terms

Bear Out, or Drift Out -To drift, or veer out toward the outside of the track.

Blow Out – A workout before a race, intended to limber up the horse.

Claiming Race – A race in which the horses are entered for a specific purchase price which may be claimed before the race. The practice is intended to weed out competitors and classify horses to keep the race fairly equal.

Clubhouse Turn – Usually, this refers to the turn found on the right-hand side of the track as seen from the stands facing the track.

Coupled – Two, or more horses that have the same owner, or trainer and are run as an entry. A bet on one horse automatically includes the other.

Dam – The mother of a horse.

Ease Up – To slow a horse’s stride to prevent over exertion.

Eighth Pole – The colored post inside the inner rail exactly one-eighth mile from the finish line.

Filly – A female horse four years old, or younger.

Fractions – Clockings of time at intervals in races, or workouts; generally, 1/8, or 1/4 mile increments.

Free Running Type – A horse that tends to take a strong hold of the mouth bit and pull its way to the lead in the early part of a race.

Freshening – A horses’s vacation, or layoff from racing.

Going Away – To win a race while increasing the lead.

Green – A description of a horse which is temperamentally immature.

In Hand – Running a horse under restraint to conserve its energy.

In The Money – For fans, a win, place (second), or show (third) finish that results in a mutuel payoff; for owners, a finish that results in receiving a portion of the purse (winning prize money).

Juvenile – A two-year-old equine.

Length – This refers to the length of a horse, and is the distance referred to in describing the distance between horses in the running of a race.

Lugging In – This describes a horse that is pulling strongly to the inside (toward the rail) while running.

Pari-mutuel – A system of wagering in which the total money wagered is distributed to winning ticket holders, less a fixed percentage returned for race track management, state tax, and the racing industry.

Plodder – A slow horse, usually one that lacks acceleration.

Post Position – A horse’s numbered position in the starting gate, numbered from the inside rail out.

Rank – A description used when a horse fights the rider’s attempt to relax it during the early and middle stages of a race, before full speed is needed.

Scratch – To withdraw a horse from a race prior to its beginning.

Shadow Roll – A roll of sheepskin strapped across a horse’s nose to keep it from looking down and shying away from shadows.

Tack – The equipment that goes on a horse, some of which is owned by the jockey.

Turn Of Foot – Used to describe a horse’s acceleration.

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