It doesn’t seem that long ago that football fans couldn’t bet live. There used to be pre-game betting, halftime betting and occasionally quarter betting. Thanks to improvements in technology, live betting is one of the most popular ways to bet. Let’s take a closer look at the strategy behind it.


Get a Feel for the Game

Live betting is one of the smartest strategies an NFL bettor can employ. Handicapping an NFL game can be tricky. You never know when a team is going to surprise you. But live betting mitigates most of that risk. For example, you might like the Seattle Seahawks as a small road favourite, but instead of betting the line pre-game, you wait to see how they start, knowing that you can bet after the game begins. If the Seahawks come out strong, as you had envisioned, then you can bet live. If they come out half asleep, you can pass on them, or even bet against them.


Lots of In-Game Options

There are many options to bet in-game, ranging from the spread, moneyline, total, props and more. As the game transpires, you’ll see the lines come off the board during the play and then pop back up in between plays or during timeouts. If you’re watching the game closely, you can take advantage of these in-game options and find some good value.


Hedging Bets

Nobody likes to be wrong, but football is unpredictable, and sometimes the teams you back won’t perform. Before live betting, there was nothing you could do if your team looked sluggish. With live betting, you can hedge your bets (betting on both sides) to minimize loss. Let’s say you have money on the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady suffers a concussion in the first quarter. Before live betting, you’d be stuck with that bet and would hope for the best. With live betting, you can bet on the other side if you feel you’re going to lose due to the injury. It’s better to get something back instead of losing your bet entirely. This is a risk-management strategy that is available thanks to the technology advancements that come with live betting.