Ante Post Betting
Ante post betting is a very popular way of betting. Originally derived from horse racing, the term ‘ante post’ is the action of placing a bet in advance of the race taking place, before all declarations are known. Some ante post markets are active up to 4 years before the events start (eg. the football World Cup). Once limited to horse racing, ante post bets can now be placed on a wide range of sporting events from all around the world.
Ante post horse racing
Horse racing is currently the most popular sport for ante post betting. With so many major horse races in a season, ante post markets are almost always available for both flat and jumps racing.
The Epsom Derby is one of the biggest races for ante post betting on the flat. Many form studiers are analysing this seasons best 2 year old colts, and will place a bet this year for next years Derby in the hope that the odds they take are much larger now than they are in the lead up to the big race.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a prime example of a huge Ante post betting market. The 2011 winner Long Run was backed at a massive 59/1 on Betfair’s ante post market before triumphing on the day at the odds of 7/2 favourite.
Ante post football
Football betting is also a very popular and rewarding form of ante post betting. The most common ante post football bets are to pick the winner of one of the major leagues, cups or other tournaments. These bets are very entertaining as you keep an eye on the action for the whole season, following the progress of your selection.
Not restricted to picking outright winners, you can now bet ante post on markets such as top goalscorer, relegation, to be promoted and a host of other outcomes.
Ante post markets can be found on most sporting events now, although coverage can be better at some online bookmakers than others. Some examples of the best ante post markets are : Wimbledon tennis winner, Six Nations rugby winner, British Open Golf winner, NFL Superbowl winner. There really is something for everyone!
Why bet Ante post?
There are two main reasons to bet ante post. The first is the fact that you can place a bet and have a vested interest for the duration of the event, adding excitement over an extended period. For instance if you placed an ante post bet on Manchester United to win the league your bet would run from August this year right until May next year. That’s 10 months of excitement following the action !
The second and most important reason is value. If you have knowledge of a certain sport you may well have seen something that others haven’t. Bookmakers may not yet know how good a 2 year old horse is, or that world record transfer deal is on the cards at your team, or the new coach is going to be a miracle maker !
The fact that you are pitting your wits against the bookmaker before the action has started is the main draw of the ante post bet. You are likely to get much better odds if your bet is placed early as there is no form to go on.
Both of these reasons put together make ante post betting very exciting and also the ingredients of a very lucrative return.