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Updated: Nov 21, 2023


It doesn't matter what you call it—"live betting," "in-running betting," or "in-play betting"—it's all the same except where it differs. All sports have unique game mechanics, but they all last long enough for fans to wager on in-game events. While traditional sports betting ends just before the start of an event, you can bet that there are fans debating what is likely to happen next after a big play or a missed opportunity up in the stands.

Can You Bet on Every Event in the Game?

No. The markets available for in-play betting are constrained by sportsbooks. They might only permit in-play betting on specific events, but they might not allow it on some games. Additionally, any fine or injury may result in the suspension of betting.

In fact, if you act quickly enough, you may be able to save unmatched bets from being voided by a game interruption. Although it is unlikely, it is always advisable to monitor your unmatched bets and withdraw those offers when the odds shift.

Each sportsbook specifies which of its markets is open to in-play betting. In actuality, in-play betting is controlled by a different screen than standard pre-game betting.

What Alters During In-Game Betting?

If one team starts off stronger than the other, the moneylines may change, especially if that goes against what the initial odds predicted.

In a fast-paced, high-scoring game like basketball, the point spreads can also change, and you can anticipate frequent changes to them.

Sport-specific proposition (prop) bets and odds vary, but they are subject to change during a game or match.

Each wager usually has a very small window of opportunity. The betting screen is frequently refreshed by in-game bettors to check for new promotions. As mentioned above, if a game is interrupted, sportsbooks may clear the board to safeguard unmatched offers. Old data cannot be used to make wise decisions, and the half-life of in-game data is much shorter than that of pre-game data.

Results of prop bets are typically known before the game is over. When the game is over, spread and moneyline wagers are settled.

Game periods like quarters or halves can be used to chart in-game wagering.


Following the start of the game, in-play betting continues where traditional sports betting leaves off. Although you cannot wager on every event that might have an impact on a game, you can take part in the action on the most well-liked betting points.

If there have been injuries, penalties, or other changes that were not taken into account in the pre-game odds, you can make a more informed choice about which side is likely to win with in-play wagering as opposed to placing a wager before the game starts. You can react to last-minute events that make pre-game bets appear to be poor decisions when you place wagers in-play.

And that is one benefit in-play betting has over conventional sports betting. Bets that initially looked good but are starting to look bad can be laid off by changing your position. Just wager a small amount on the opposing team if you placed a sizable wager on your favorite team prior to the game and they aren't performing as well as they should. In either case, you'll still win; at worst, you'll suffer a slight loss.

The greatest value appeal of in-play betting is that. Even if games aren't broadcast on television in your area, you might still be able to watch them online thanks to the sportsbooks' live game streaming services.

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