What Does Hook Mean in Sports Betting?

The English Premier League is back and the Champions League is set to begin its new season, which is great news for fans of European football. As the world’s best players prepare for the new year, there are some oddities regarding the English game that have not been fully addressed. One of these quirks is the use of the term ‘Hook’ in sports betting. Here’s a brief explanation of what it means and why it’s important to know about.

Old vs. New

It’s easy to assume that ‘Hook’ is just another term used in place of ‘Goal’ in football these days, but that’s not exactly the case. ‘Hook’ has been used in sports betting since the 1800s, long before the English Premier League came along. For most of that time, the concept of ‘Hooks’ was about as relevant to sports as a ballistics specialist is to rugby or a Formula 1 driver to NASCAR, but that has certainly changed now that there’s an established league in England. The fact is that, in most cases, ‘Hook’ and ‘Goal’ mean the same thing in sports betting. The only real difference is that in the 19th century, you would bet on the player to score a ‘Hook’, whereas these days you would bet on the player to score a goal. The concept of betting on an outside chance rather than against the pre-existing favorite has been around for a while and was made famous in the 1997 movie ‘Rounders’, but in professional sports the odds have shifted heavily in favor of having a pre-existing favorite. This is largely thanks to the expansion of the gaming world into the online sphere, where most sportsbooks are now based. Today, in most cases, if you want to place a bet on a game you have to look for a ‘Hook’ or ‘Goal’ option rather than the other way around.

‘Hooks’ On The Rise

It seems odd to think that a word usually associated with fishing would find its way into the sports world, but that’s largely thanks to the resurgence of angling (fishing) as a sport. Nowadays, fishing is practiced all over the world and the fish have become quite accustomed to humans invading their space and taking their ‘catch’. In the 1800s, London was the center of the angling universe. It was said that anyone could become an expert angler in a matter of months, if not weeks, thanks to the city’s famous ponds and canals. The sport took off and soon became so popular that the annual report of the British Association for the Advancement of Women noted that “at the present time fishing occupies a prominent position in the curriculum of feminine education”. While fishing did not disappear from curricula, it definitely declined in popularity compared to when it was first established in England. That is probably because most of the lakes and ponds in England were drained in the 20th century to make way for residential development. These days, you will often see anglers walk along the shoreline taking their catch out for later. It is not unusual to see a family fishing trip planned for Sunday afternoon, especially during the summertime.

Apart from fishing, another reason why the word ‘Hook’ has become so popular in sports betting is because of its association with pikelets (pike burger flippers). If you’ve never seen or heard of a ‘pikelet’, it’s quite possible that you haven’t seen or heard of a ‘Hook’ either. The fact is that in the 19th century, anglers would catch fish that were so large that they would have to be split in half to make it easier to carry. It was originally said that these fish were “too tough for girls”, but that did not stop people from trying, with many claiming that they could catch fish that were bigger than themselves. It was also reported that children as young as four would spend hours a day trying to reel in a fish, so in a way, “girlie” fishing was a form of self-discovery for young minds before their time. These days, you will find people fishing for bass, perch, trout, and many other species in ponds, lakes, and streambeds all over England, as well as the rest of the world. While they may not be considered “traditional” sports, catching fish and wrestling them to the ground is certainly a form of competition that deserves its own category in the ‘Saltwater Angling’ category of the 2018 United Kingdom Listed Sperm Whale Awards.

Why Is It Important To Know About Hook?

If you’re a serious sports bettor, it’s important to be aware of the differences in betting on and off the field of play. If you’re used to seeing the terms ‘Goal’ and ‘Hook’ used interchangeably, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that in most cases they are not the same. Even if you’re a devoted fan of the English game, it’s easy to see how some of the terminology in place for the sports world could be confusing. That being said, it is a common mistake for people to assume that ‘Hook’ and ‘Goal’ are synonyms simply because they appear virtually the same on the field. While it’s true that in most cases they mean the same thing, in certain circumstances they can mean very different things. It might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the subtle differences in order to make the appropriate wagers. After all, in most cases, ‘Hook’ and ‘Goal’ mean the same thing, but that doesn’t mean they have to.

Which One Should You Back?

Another strange anomaly regarding the English Premier League is that in general, goals seem to go in but they don’t always come out. If you’re a fan of the English game, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Take the recent match between Liverpool and Burnley for example. Liverpool won the match 2-1, but it seems like they scored a total of three goals. Two of those goals went in before the match was over, but the third one did not. In most cases, this would not be a problem, but in this particular instance it became one simply because both teams had the same number of points and goal difference after the game, which meant that the match ended in a tie. The rules for breaking a tie are quite complicated and I would recommend against anyone trying to delve into them on their own, but as a general rule, in cases like this you would want to back Burnley, whose three goals put them in a better position to win. Fortunately for the fans of English football, this was not actually the case and Liverpool ended up losing the match by virtue of a coin toss before the game had even started. While this may not seem like a big deal, the fact that the result was a draw rather than a win for Liverpool might mean that this is the kind of thing that can happen more often than you’d think and you may want to consider taking a look at how you would handle a similar situation while you’re betting on sports.

Goal-Scoring Oddities

Apart from the oddities regarding the use of the term ‘Hook’ in sports betting, there are a few more things that you need to be aware of regarding the goals scored in soccer matches. First of all, in the English game, there is a difference between a goal and an “assist”. An assist is scored when a player gives an opposing team a goal even though they did not score it, themselves. For example, if a team scores a goal via a free-kick, that is usually considered an assist rather than a goal. Another goal scoring anomaly has to do with the fact that sometimes, the ball does not necessarily need to cross the plane of the goal line in order to score. In fact, quite a few goals have been scored where the crossbar was used to brace against a strong wind, preventing the ball from taking the customary path across the goal line. As for why this happens, I think it’s generally accepted that the crossbar in soccer was put there for the same reason that physical barriers are present in fight scenes in movies; because the writers needed a place for the character to sit down and rest after scoring a goal or taking a hit during a fight scene. When the physical barriers are removed from the fight scene, the combatants usually start kicking and punching each other right where they stand, which can lead to a few injuries, especially if they’re not wearing gloves.

Further Research

If you’re interested in learning more, I would recommend taking a look at the following sites, which are good resources for anyone looking to get more information on English football: