Kick points are the points you get in a game that you can bet on. In some sports bookies, these points are known as ‘exotic bets’ because of their rarity in typical betting games.
For instance, if you place a £10 bet on Leicester to beat Man United, you will get 10 points (also known as a ‘10 pointer’) if they win; you’ll get nothing if they lose. Similar bets are available for other teams and outcomes. If you bet on a team to win, but they lose by a landslide, you lose your money. It’s all about the percentages.
Similarly, you might bet on Chelsea to beat Liverpool, but you will get fewer points if they draw than if they win – because although Chelsea are likely to win, they might not do so by a large enough margin to make up for the fact that you’re on the other side of the bet.
Why Are They So Rare?
To begin with, there aren’t many competitions where you get to bet on the outcome. In most sports betting, you’re putting your money on the line on events that have already happened, or on the likelihood of something that will happen in the future.
Most competitions don’t really lend themselves to exotic betting because they’re either one-off events (a World Cup final, for example) or they last for a set period of time (the English Premier League, for instance). In these cases, there’s no reason for the bet to go wrong, because the outcome is certain. This is why most competitions don’t offer much in the way of exotic betting.
How Do You Use Kick Points?
The primary use for kick points is to make long-odds bets. If you’re a fan of a particular team and want to bet on them to win but don’t want to risk too much money, you can do so using kick points. You will need to get to the point where you can afford to lose some of your money, but you can always win it back if your team performs as expected.
For instance, if you’ve got 10 points and want to bet on Chelsea to beat Liverpool, but don’t want to risk your whole earnings, you would go to a bookmaker or online platform and place a long-odds bet on Chelsea to win.
The advantage of doing this is that even if they lose the match, you will at least have earned money back (plus interest). Most bookmakers will allow you to set a maximum stake on your long-odds bets, so you aren’t forced to place bigger and bigger bets as your bankroll dwindles. This is why most people prefer to use kick points in this manner – it’s much safer than betting the ‘traditional’ way, with full odds.
Why Are They Legal?
Many countries have legalised the practice of allowing bets on sporting events because it adds an extra dynamic to sports betting. In many places, it’s seen as part of an investment strategy where you’re backing a particular team or player based on insider information or market trends. You might also be betting on the outcome of a particular match to see if certain tactics work (example: if Diego Costa scores in the second half, will Leicester City be able to restrict Liverpool to a single-digit victory?).
While this might be the case in some places, it’s important to remember that not all countries across the world have legalised the practice of betting on sporting events, or allow it at all casinos.
More Than Meets The Eye
If you’ve ever watched a World Cup final, then you’ll know that there are many ways in which the outcome is almost certainly going to be fixed. The match-fixing in football is so prevalent that it’s almost a given that at least one of the teams will try and influence the result in some shape or form. However, this is not to say that individual competitions are necessarily fixed – there are always going to be some matches where the odds are decent enough for a casual bettor to back and win. This is exactly what makes them so attractive to bet on.
As previously mentioned, most competitions don’t really lend themselves to exotic betting, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any benefits to be had from it. It’s important to remember that a lot of the times, the underdog comes from outside the traditional European footballing nations. This means that there’s a greater chance that the match-fixing won’t be quite as prevalent in these competitions, due to less pressure to perform well and more of an emphasis on playing the game right.
A common term used in relation to fixed matches is ‘hole card’, which comes from the practice of placing bets with a face value of £10 or more on specific cards inside a pack of fifty. Sometimes these cards are genuinely difficult to find, making them highly sought-after by fixed match-fixers. Even in cases where there’s no deceit involved, it’s still a useful tool for those who want to keep their betting options open to only certain outcomes.
More Ways To Win
In addition to backing the right team, or picking the right moment to place a bet on the outcome of a match, there are other ways to win big on sporting events. One of the most straightforward ways is to bet on the outcome of a particular match, but there are others, such as betting on the weather, which can be an extremely risky strategy, but it has the potential to pay off huge dividends.
Where Can I Place A Bet?
If you’ve ever been to a casino, then you’ll know that there are going to be a variety of games and activities available for you to engage with. Similarly, if you’ve ever watched a World Cup final, then you’ll know that there are likely going to be many places where you can place bets, with the most prominent being the bookmakers and online betting platforms. If you want to place a legal bet on sports, then you can do so online with many reputable bookmakers and sportsbooks.
If you want to bet on football, but don’t want to go through the hassle of finding a bookmaker, then you can always look into the several different mobile betting apps designed for the iOS and Android platforms. The main advantage of using these apps is that they allow you to place bets from the convenience of your smartphone. You don’t need to be in a bookmaker’s office to place a bet – which in some cases, might even be advisable due to increased security.
Similarly, if you want to find the best price on a particular bet, then you can use a search engine to look into the best odds available for that match.