Spread betting adds another feather to your cap when you opt to wager on the tennis. It is the perfect way to enhance your enjoyment when watching tennis unfold in front of you. Spread betting gives you a plethora of choices to refine and place a bet on your favourite betting markets. And tennis spread betting is no different, it serves up some of the best markets to inject an added thrill to your betting experience.
Let’s take a look at how to spread bet on tennis and the most popular markets bettors opt over traditional fixed odds betting.
Spread Betting Explained
Spread betting is a fast-paced, exciting alternative to traditional fix odds betting. A sportsbook offers you a spread which is essentially a prediction of what will happen in a specified market for given sports events, expressed at a ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ range.
If you believe that the final result of the market will be greater than the ‘Buy’ price a sportsbook offers then you would ‘Buy’. Conversely, if you think it will be less than the ‘Sell’ price then you would wager on the ‘Sell’ market.
Total Games Market
In tennis, for example, a sportsbook offers a ‘Total Games’ market in which you wager on how many games you think will be played in a match. If you think, for example, Cameron Norrie will brush aside Tommy Paul in a straight-sets victory you would sell but if you think that the match has some legs and might go the distance you’d buy.
Another example, if Cameron Norrie is priced at 23.25-24.25 in the Total Games market in the best of three sets match then you’d have the chance to either buy or sell on the spread. If you bought at 24.25, and wagered £10 on Norrie, and he won the bout 6-4, 7-6, 6-3, the makeup is 32 (6+4+7+6+6+3) you would pocket £77.50.
However, if you bought and the match finished 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, the market would have made up 21, meaning a loss of 3.25 your stake £-32.50 in the loss column.
Total Points Played
The ‘Total Points Played’ market is the total number of points played in a match. A sportsbook might offer you something like 133-138 on Daniil Medvedev vs. Grigor Dimitrov spread. If you think there will be 138 points or more then you’d buy the spread, while if you think the game will be a small scoring affair then you’d sell at 133.
If you bought at 138 for a stake of £1 and there were 152 points played then you’d make 14 times your stake. If Medvedev ran away with the game, refusing to enter the long deuce games and the match ended at a 100 points played, and you had bought at 138, then you’d lose 33 times your stake.
Tennis 100 Win Index
Tennis ‘100 Win Index’ is a simple tennis betting market to ramp up the excitement compared to a traditional win single fixed odds bet. The tennis player is awarded 100 points for winning the game and zero for losing it.
If Daniil Medvedev vs. Grigor Dimitrov has the spread of 91.5-96, you have the option of buying on Medvedev winning the match or selling at the Russian falling short. If Medvedev lost the game and you sold at £10, then you would recuperate a whopping £915 because Medvedev received zero points and your £10 sell stake is multiplied by 91.5.
If you would have bought at £10 on Medvedev at the overwhelming favourite buy price of 96, and he prevailed, then you would see a profit of £40. This is because he was priced at 96 buy price and you wagered £10, so it’s (100-96=4 x your stake £10 = £40).
The ‘100 Win Index Market’ can elevate your stake to new heights as well as incur huge losses, so be realistic about what you can put down.
This is a popular spread betting market that allows you to predict how comprehensively a player will emerge victorious in a particular match. Fundamentally you’re wagering on the winning margin, in terms of games that a player will achieve.
Let’s say Andy Murray is drawn against Nick Kyrgios and the sportsbook has quoted Murray’s ‘Game Supremacy’ at 4.5-5.5 games. If you think that Murray will cement a comfortable victory, you would buy at 5.5. Or, if you believe the former No.1 seed will only earn a narrow victory or end up losing the match, you then would opt to sell.
The closer you’re to your prediction, the further you will profit. If Murray plied his trade at an expert level, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, then the winning margin would be 18 games. If you had bought at 5.5, you would earn 12.5 your stake in profit, as 18 is 12.5 points higher than 5.5.
Yet if Kyrgios honed his craft winning the match 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, then the winning margin would just be a single game. You would therefore lose 4.5 times your stake if you would have bought at 5.5. Simply, if you buy at the upper end of the spread, you want the player to win as higher-margin as possible, if you sell at the lower end, you want the player to be outplayed and win hardly any games.
This is the winning margin of one player over the other with ten points being awarded for the win and five points for each set won by. The maximum make-up in a five-set match would be 25 points, 10 for the win and 3x 5pts for a straight-sets win.
Let’s say Alexander Zverev was pitted against Diego Schwartzman and the sportsbook quoted Zverev’s match supremacy at 10-13. If he won in four sets, the market would make up 20. So if you would have bought at 13 for £2 then you would profit £14.
This is because the German won the match at 10 points, then won four sets at 5 points a set making it another 10 points. (20-13=7) you then times your stake by 7 making it £14.
However, if Diego Schwartzman put in a herculean shift and won the game in five sets, then the market would have made up -15, meaning you would have lost 28x your stake. You’d incur -15 for the three sets and the buy price of -13, making it 28x your stake at £2 suffering a £56 loss.
With such an exciting array of spread betting tennis markets to sink your teeth into why not check out Sink or Swim Sport’s ‘How to Bet On Tennis’ page and add another wide range of tennis betting markets to your locker.