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Increase Your Odds With Ante Post Betting

Bigger odds results in bigger returns on winning bets and although you can compare the odds available at multiple bookies to find out which one is offering the greatest odds, there is another way - with ante post bets.

Ante post betting is placing a bet in advance of the event that you're betting on. An ante post bet usually refers to bets placed at least a day in advance of the event but often associated with bets placed weeks, months or years in advance.

Ante post bets are most commonly placed on horse racing but betting markets for several other sports such as football, golf, tennis, snooker and basketball can also be suitable for ante post bets.

For example, the Cheltenham Festival takes place in March each year but you may decide to place a bet on the winner in November of the year before. Similarly, you may place a bet on Harry Kane to be the Premier Leagues top scorer for next season. Both of these are classed as ante post bets as they are bets placed well in advance of the events starting.

Several online bookmakers such as the ones listed on offer ante post betting markets for various sports.

Risks & Rewards

So, what are the benefits of ante post betting and are there any downsides compared to placing bets closer to the time of the event?

The main advantage of ante post bets is that bookmakers generally offer bigger odds. For example, if you placed a bet on Roger Federer winning Wimbledon a year in advance, there is a good chance the odds you can get will be greater than if you backed him when the tournament began.

Bigger odds = bigger returns if your bet wins.

But why are you offered bigger odds with ante-post bets?

Bookies offer bigger odds on ante post bets as they come with a greater risk. A lot can change between the time of placing an ante post bet and the event that you’re betting on actually starting. This unknown period poses a risk to your bet and you are rewarded with greater odds as a result of it.

For example, Roger Federer could get injured in the weeks or months leading up to Wimbledon and he may not be able to compete which would mean that your bet has lost before it even got started. If you were betting on England winning the World Cup in advance, there is a chance that they may not qualify for the tournament which would again result in your bet losing.

Overall, you must weigh up the potential rewards of an ante post bet (bigger odds) against the potential risks.

Horse Racing Ante Post Bets

Ante post bets on horse racing are popular for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is possible that you can find a lot of value in them. You’re often able to get much greater odds on ante post racing bets as the risk of a horse getting injured may be much greater than say, England not qualifying for the World Cup. 

Ante post bets are common for big races and festivals such as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National with bookies usually opening up the market once the previous years races have concluded. The odds of each horse in the market will then fluctuate throughout the season based on their performances leading up to the race in question.

Another reason why many punters choose to place ante post bets on horse racing is that some bookmakers offer ‘Non Runner No Bet’ (NRNB). This is a betting offer that is perfectly suited to ante post bets and can result in your stake being refunded if your horse doesn’t run.

For example, if you placed an ante post bet on Tiger Roll to win the Grand National with a bookie offering NRNB and they suffered an injury in the week prior to the race, you would receive your stake back. Refunds can either be credited as free bets or cash but either way, it reduced the risk of ante post bets significantly.