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Ante Post Betting - What is it?

We guide you through the ins and outs of Ante Post Beting

Understanding Ante-post Betting

With Cheltenham Festival on the horizon its a perfect time to talk Ante Post betting.

Ante-post betting, also recognized as futures or outright betting, is a form of wagering on events prior to their occurrence. This guide delves into the essence of ante-post betting, highlighting its benefits, risks, and steps to place a bet, alongside illustrative examples for 2024.

What is Ante-post Betting?

Ante-post betting refers to the practice of placing bets on sporting events, such as horse racing or major sports competitions, well before they start. Originating from the Latin term meaning โ€œbefore the post,โ€ it signifies bets made before the starting point of a race. This betting type is appealing due to the potentially higher odds it offers, stemming from the uncertainties and lack of detailed information far ahead of the event. However, it carries the risk of losing the bet if the chosen participant withdraws before the event.

Advantages of Ante-post Betting

Higher Odds

The odds for ante-post bets are generally more favorable compared to those closer to the event date, attributed to the greater uncertainties at play, which in turn offer higher potential returns.

Value Betting

Ante-post betting is ideal for those who possess insightful knowledge or opinions about the outcomes long before they are widely recognized, allowing bettors to lock in high-value odds.

Long-Term Engagement

This betting form enables bettors to remain engaged with the event over a longer duration, enhancing the overall excitement and investment in the outcome.

Early Market Access

Knowledgeable individuals can benefit from early market access, taking advantage of shifting odds as new information emerges closer to the event.

How to Place an Ante-post Bet

  1. Navigate to the Sportsbook: Log in and proceed to the sportsbook section of the platform.
  2. Select the Event: Choose the event for your ante-post bet, such as a future horse race or sports event.
  3. Choose Your Selection: Pick the participant or outcome you wish to bet on.
  4. Click on the Odds: Add your selection to the bet slip by clicking on the associated odds.
  5. Review Your Bet Slip: Check your bet slip for accuracy and enter your stake.
  6. Place the Bet: Confirm your bet by clicking the โ€œPlace Betโ€ button.
  7. Confirmation: Look for a confirmation notice, which should include a bet reference number.

Ante-post Betting Examples for 2024

  • Hewick for the 2024 Grand National: An ante-post bet might involve backing Hewick to win the Grand National on April 13, 2024, at odds of 33/1, offering potential value before the odds potentially shorten.
  • See The Fire for the Epsom Oaks: Another example could be betting on See The Fire to win the Epsom Oaks on May 31, 2024, with current odds at 16/1, following a strong performance at the Filliesโ€™ Mile in Newmarket.

Ante-post betting offers a unique blend of risk and reward, catering to those who seek value and long-term engagement in their betting activities.