For many sports fans, watching their favorite team or sports idol compete is much more than mere entertainment: it´s a way of life; or at least, a great way to make a tidy little earner. Welcome to the world of sports betting.
Bookmakers have multiplied infinitely in recent years, and it's no surprise. The internet has made placing bets even easier and more accessible, and promoted the service to such an extent that even those who don't gamble talk about the odds of each team winning.
So whether you're an old hand, or a beginner to the world of online sports betting, these five Android apps will help you put your money where your mouth is.
The first thing you'll need are a few tips, especially if you're just starting out in this business. Because when it comes down to it, the risk and therefore the chances of winning or losing money, depends on how much information you have (and a little bit of luck). OLBG Sports Betting Tips is one of the largest communities of sports punters out there.
The idea is very simple: in OLBG you'll find popular sports and their championships listed by date or popularity, the prediction for the result given by the community, and some comments explaining how they came to this conclusion.
The experts - the tipsters themselves - leave comments with loads of information on the current situation of the team and their chances of winning. Each tipster has a public success rate that gives credibility to their contributions. A quick check on OLBG and you'll know who to bet on.
Once you've decided who you are betting for, you need to decide what type of bet will make you the most money in each case. Bet Calculator from the creators of LiveTipsPortal can help you make that decision ,with a sports betting calculator that lets you enter the type of bet, the number of bets, and your stake.
Then you can make a decision based on the odds and the possible winnings, without hurting your brain.
You've already got the lowdown on which team is likely to win, and you have the inside info from the tipsters. Now it's time to take the leap into sports betting. But if you're not 100% sure you're ready, there's always another option: a sports betting simulator where you can bet with virtual currency.
One of the best options is BetMob, from the creators of the successful news and football results app FotMob. In fact, the biggest limitation of the app is that, at the moment, you can only make bets on the major European football tournaments (new sports will get added later down the line). But if that's not a problem for you, then BetMob is a great app to practice your betting skills
Each week you'll receive 2000 virtual credits that you can use to bet on matches to be played in the next four days. When you bet correctly, your level and your position in the global ranking, which you share with your friends, will all go up.
It's always good to start with a simulator like BetMob, but this is restricted to one single sport. If you're a fan of another sport, other than football, Sportsbook Game could be the betting simulator you're looking for.
Strangely enough, this app includes five sports (basketball, hockey, baseball, football and rugby), but not soccer. The gameplay is similar to BetMob: you've got virtual money to bet on real sporting events. What you win and lose is not real money (unless you've purchased virtual credit in-game), but it will test your betting skills. The interface is not as attractive as similar apps, but it's got everything you need for a decent simulator.
And finally, another betting simulator. If you've come this far it's time for you to know, that the Google Play doesn't allow apps which bet real money. This doesn't mean they don't exist. They can be downloaded directly from the bookies websites, or from other sources, but not from Google Play.
Anyway, trying out different betting simulators, while not having any charges applied to you account, is a good way to practise without taking any risks. And Playfulbet is one of the fantastic betting simulators which has a nice social take on the whole thing.
With Playfulbet you can make bets on the biggest games, make a pool of the most interesting days and unlock prizes from your correct predictions. Of course, you'll bet with virtual money. You can also invite friends, follow them and compete with them for the title of best player.