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 iPhone 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.
If you tried the previous app, you should start to feel like you've got a winning strategy, so it's time to put your money on the table. The key to successful sports betting is the odds. So it's important to stay constantly updated on the odds offered by the different online bookies. Before choosing a specific app from one of the bigger bookies, you should first find out if their odds for events you're following are reasonable - and offer a good return.
All4Sports compares different odds offered by major bookmakers, and also offers us some great features to help us make the right decision.
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.
OK, now's the time to make the move. If you think you have everything you need, and you're feeling flush, you can start betting with real money. bet365 is a giant in the betting world. In its official app, you'll be able to do just about anything: single, double and triple bets, bet on a particular score, the result after the first half, the player who'll score, the minute they'll net their goal, and much, much more.
bet365 includes all major sporting championships (football, horse racing, baseball, basketball, tennis) but also less common sports such as darts, indoor soccer, Gaelic sports or even snooker. It's a must-have.
Bwin is one of the best options for betting from your mobile. It's very similar to bet365 in terms of features: you can bet on sports and major championships (football, basketball, tennis) and some less common ones such as squash and cricket. OK, so bet365 does have a greater variety of sports to choose from but, on the other hand, Bwin has a more intuitive interface and some really attractive features such as its version of a shopping basket, the "betting cart", where you are store up your bets and pay at the end.
With loads of different types of bets, the latest odds, Bwin is a must for those who want to line their pockets with sports betting wins on the go.