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When you do decide to place a wager at the bookies, you need to figure out how to actually do it. Granted, it’s not as hard as some may present it to be, but there are some tricky parts to it. You need to pay attention to a couple of details before venturing to the local shop and laying a wager.
Know the lingo
Many operators have similar betting slips, but not all of them use the same bet markers. For example, playing a basketball match and simply putting 1 or 2 for the home and away team can be construed differently by various operators. Some of them have such markings for the game with handicap included, and some of them need you to specifically put h1 or h2 if you want the handicap. But then again, some of them will see it as a halftime bet. The point is, be sure to check the legend and get yourself familiar with bet makers before penciling it down. The other thing you need to know is if the operator is using match codes or simply home team names. This too is important and it can save you a lot of trouble in case of a dispute.
Know the odds
Odds format is the second thing that confuses a lot of people. Traditional English odds are displayed as fractions. These are fairly simple to deduce, but not as easy as the decimal odds. And then on top of it all, there are American odds which again are something completely different. Before you put any amount of money on your picks, make sure you are 100% sure that you know the right odds. Workers at the bookie’s list odds dispute as the number one problem with the customers in case of a disagreement.
Double check the slip
When you actually make a wager, check the slip you get for any potential mistakes. Whether it’s an automated machine or a human operator that processes your bet, mistakes can happen and you want to double check your slip in order to avoid having to deal with them later. Spotting a mistake and immediately reporting it is easily fixable and many operators allow you to either correct it or to cancel the slip. This will come in handy sooner than you would expect, especially if you play a lot of accumulators.
Know the house rules
This is a crucial piece of advice; know the house rules. Every operator has a specific set of rules under which they operate. For example; one of the most common dispute comes about regarding the extra time. If you play a home team to win, and they don’t win it in regulation but do in the extra time, is your ticket a winning one or not? You have to know the rules of the house before getting to tango with it in order to avoid any potential disputes over the winnings, or loses.
Hopefully, these simple tips will help you to avoid any issues and successfully lay many winning wagers.