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Tennis: A Lucrative Sport to Place Bets On

(Last Updated On: October 3, 2010)

If you choose tennis as your favorite sport for betting, you have already given yourself an “edge” against those who bet on other sports. To use this advantage of betting on tennis to make money consistently, however, it is important to understand some of the advantages to betting on the sport of tennis over other sports, as well as the power of mathematics.

It is nonsense to place a tennis wager against a traditional bookie. We are all familiar with the old adage that it is impossible to beat the bookie. Clearly, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to beat the bookie on any kind of consistent basis over time. The reason for this is because the odds are always mathematically calculated in favor of the bookmaker. Everyone who places sports bets should know that the bookmaker uses a variety of mathematical formulas to determine the odds of winning or losing a bet. This gives the bookmaker an edge against the punter and allows the bookmaker to maintain a profitable success rate.

Computer technology has given rise to a new form of betting, known as a betting exchange or combined bets. With “exchange betting” there is no bookmaker to compete against, in other words, there is no intermediary. Each player wagers against other players or bettors somewhere in the Internet ether. Any player can bet a player or team will win. A player also has the option of placing a “lay” bet against a tennis player or team, betting the player or the team will lose. Therefore, any player can choose to act as an ordinary punter or a bookie

So, why does betting on tennis give an individual an advantage over other sports betting? The simple answer is often overlooked, even by those who bet on tennis regularly. Ultimately, it is all in the math. If you’re someone who has never gambled on tennis, it is very unlikely that you have ascertained the importance of the scoring system of tennis betting.

There is a fundamental difference between the scoring system of tennis and almost any other sport you can imagine. In other sports and games, the player or team must make up the difference in the points they are behind in, in order to catch up to the winning team or player. In tennis, however, the trailing player or team can lose the first set 6-0 (possibly with a deficiency of 24 points). This team can win the second set by the narrowest of margins, 7-6 in the tie-break for example, winning the set by only a few points. 

As soon as the final player or team wins the second set, the two sides suddenly have even results, even though during the course of the tennis match, a player or team could have won many more points than the opposing player or team. This anomaly tends to have a profound psychological effect on one or both sides, which in turn affects their play for the next few minutes, and therefore the odds requested and offered by the gamblers in the game. 

There are many computer programs available that can assist you in calculating the mathematical odds of tennis betting and how to make money with this knowledge. The fine art of placing bets on tennis matches has a greater potential payout than many other sports, based on the mathematical anomaly previously mentioned.

Michael Wilding

Michael started the Race Advisor in 2009 to help bettors become long-term profitable. After writing hundreds of articles I started to build software that contained my personal ratings. The Race Advisor has more factors for UK horse racing than any other site, and we pride ourselves on creating tools and strategies that are unique, and allow you to make a long-term profit without the need for tipsters. You can also check out my personal blog or my personal Instagram account.

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