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How to Shop for the Best Lines and Odds

Punters underestimate the importance of shopping for the best lines and odds. While these same individuals would never purchase anything else of significance without first comparing prices and shopping around, very few do so when it comes to betting. Thanks to the ease of access to the internet that all New Zealanders currently enjoy, however, it is now easier than ever to do so.

Price Comparison Sites do All the Work

Punters do not even have to do the rather wearying work of comparing hundreds of sites themselves these days, since there are sites devoted to doing so on their behalf. The popularity of these shows that this practice is being undergone far more frequently than it was in the past, and the thrill and excitement of getting hold of a good deal is sure to make these consumers return the next time they are looking to place a wager by means of their PCs, laptops, smartphones or tablets.

Not all bookmakers and betting sites offer the exact same odd and lines on betting markets, and, in the same way that prices can sometimes differ hugely for household appliances, the prices given for a football, rugby or other sporting market can vary significantly too. Over the course of a number of wagers, being able to get hold of even slightly better lines and odds will have a big impact on the overall betting results, and, for punters who wager frequently, this impact will be even larger.

Even Casual Bettors Should Shop Around

Shopping for the best lines and comparing odds is something that punters should all do, whether he or she is dead serious about betting or simply having fun. Payouts will be increased, and this could turn punters into big money winners in the long-term.

Comparing Odds and Shopping for Lines

Line shopping and comparing odds is in essence the exact same process as that for comparing prices for any other purchased item: research what is available, and then choose the best deal. Simply comparing the information available from a handful of bookmakers will quickly reveal how much of a difference can be made, and always selecting the best value for the market which a punter wishes to place a bet on is just common sense.

Even when the differences between the odds given are smaller, when these changes are totalled up over time, the difference becomes a lot bigger very quickly. Even winning just NZ$10 extra per wager, thanks to more competitive odds, quickly adds up when punters discover that that becomes NZ$100 when looked at over 10 bets.

A Very Straightforward Process

Comparing odds for Win wagers is very easy to do, and punters simply compare the odds from a handful of their favourite bookmakers and choose the one that offers the best value. Point Spread bets and those which take Totals into account can be trickier, but there is a host of information available online about how to do so, and, once again, price comparison sites can quickly pull up the information related to the market the prospective punter is most interested in.