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in placing charts driven sports bets, revealing at a glance profit making opportunities.
For the sports bettor or punter these graphics can be of enormous value when assessing the merits of a bet; be it horse racing, tennis or whatever.
To assess the value of a chart we need to look at 2 aspects:
1. Reliability - how accurate is the information
2. Depth - how comprehensive is it
Some of these are produced by leading sports publications such as the Racing Post, Oddschecker or Betfair for real time betting information.
Others focus on recording tipster results and performance such as Tipping League, Racing Index or Betfan.
Tipping League produces results graphs of all the tipsters who subscribe to the site. There are quick links for
7 Day - Back Tips/Lay Tips
14 Day - Back Tips/Lay Tips
30 Day - Back Tips/Lay Tips
Also links for each month for past year
It is instructive to use the advanced filters facility to configure the profit calculations. The default results display is ordered on the last 7 days at the industry starting price wheras the Betfair results may well be much higher eg 'Longshots' tipster results.
Advanced Filter options include:
Bet Type: Tipster advised bet type
Stake Type: Level stakes / tipsters advised stakes
Racecourse: all UK and Ireland
Racecourse Type: Flat / all weather / National Hunt
Betfair Prices: Late (60 mins from off), early (before 11am), longest, shortest
Min/Max odds: tipster exclusions
There are also daily tables showing the number and type of tip for each tipster and the time of the race and venue.
Racing Index offers a similar service to Tipping League but include a comparison basis known as VBP (Variable Bet Profit), to rank the tipsters. This performance comparison takes into account varying numbers of selections, with different staking levels and achieving different success rates.
Betfan is a management service for sports tipsters including Horse racing, football, golf, tennis etc. The results are updated every evening and do not include any commission or fees due.
The tables are shown for current month, 3 months, 6 months, Year to Date and All Time. The emphasis is on promoting the Top Ten Leader Board which shows the Tipster Position, when it was first proofed, the profit (excluding fees or commission) for 1 point, for 10 points or 100 points. The information is updated every day.
A popular feature is the Betfan Top Ten
Oddschecker This site offers a very comprehensive range of tables for every conceivable sport and service.
Betting - Data covers a wide range of sports with options to drill down to individual events and reveal at-a-glance details of Bookmaker and Exchange prices. Useful for trading and arbitrage opportunities.
Free Bets - a large selection of free bet offers from accredited bookmakers
In-play - offers prices for comprehensive selection of live events including a variety of bets in-play. Football match bets typically include: winner, correct score, half time full time, draw no bet, half time score, asian handicaps, winning margin, total corners, over under 2.5 etc
Stats - Best value odds charts where you choose a competition, team and time period to obtain stats of bookmakers who offered the best odds on the event.
Tipping - although the advice is not in chart form there are some useful sports tips and information and archives showing past advice.
Gaming - Offers comparisons of online sites for Casino, Poker and Bingo
Racing Post has to be one of the most comprehensive and respected sources of information on horse racing and greyhound racing in the UK.
Information is available for:
Bloodstock - sires and dams with information on progeny and how much they have won in prize money
Statistics on horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, courses, greyhounds
Betfair is the most successful of the new betting exchanges where backers bets are matched by layers from the general public. This has the advantage of removing the usual bookmakers percentage on any event. Instead there is a commission due to Betfair of generally 5% of any winnings.
The charts available on site are formidable and cover a large range of sports to bet on together with a vast database of information supplied by their partner Timeform for horse racing events.
Sports include: American Football, Basketball, Bowls, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Darts, Financials, Football, Golf, Greyhound Racing, Horse Racing, Ice Hockey, Motor Sport, Rugby League and Union, Snooker, Tennis
In play Charts
Typical charts for horse racing in countries such as UK, US, France, South Africa, Japan
A race chart will show details of each runner, back and lay odds, past price movements, projected starting prices, weight of money backed on the event, racecard with form of all runners
Multiples for many sports, the Tote, Results, Radio, Live Video, Community, Tips, Trainers information.