Greyhound racing is a popular sport involving racing dogs around and oval circuit chasing a lure. The Sport is followed by many punters all over the world and is offered by a number of online betting sites. There are a number of different wagers which one can place on a greyhound race, to suit various degrees of experience in online betting.
The Sport of Greyhound Racing
Greyhound racing began over a thousand years ago in Europe and the Middle East. Greyhounds are sight hounds, which means that they were originally used as hunting dogs to chase down small prey such as rabbits and deer. The aim of the game when training a dog is too obviously make it faster than its competitors and also to have the urge to chase the lure. Not all greyhounds make it through the training process, and many of these become pets.
Betting On The Dogs
When placing a bet on a greyhound race obviously the main idea is to pick the winner. However there are in number of other bets that one can place, some of which can be quite complicated. Greyhounds, like horses, prefer certain tracks and their history and pedigrees can influence performance of individual dogs. Being up to date with your knowledge not only at the sport of greyhound racing competing in a race on which you wish to place a bet successful wager.
The first and most obvious way to which one can place on a greyhound race is betting on the winner. This is a single bet as to which dog will cross the line first. This wager is straight forward with no complications and is a good place to start for beginners to the world of greyhound betting sites. An each way bet is placed on a dog to come in the first or second. As this wager has higher chances of being successful, its payouts are lower than a win bet. In an each way wager your stake is usually doubled, which means that where you would place two dollars on a winning bet you will have to place four dollars on an each way bet
Knowing the Dogs
Knowing your dogs is imperative to making a successful wager in greyhound racing. Most information can be found online on a number of different sites.
Frontrunners are dogs that jump out of the boxes to take the lead position before coming to the first turn. Frontrunners exert a lot of energy early and are not likely to still be front of the pack at the end of the race, when they will be more tired than dogs have would have exerted less energy in the beginning of the race. Late speed or closers are dogs which tend to surge later on at end of the race, as they have exerted much less energy in the beginning. These dogs often tear past the dogs that were frontrunners at the beginning of the race.
The last thing to keep in mind at a dog race is the fact that many dogs come in trouble on the first turn. It doesn’t matter how fast your dog is, if he got stuck in the middle of the pack on the first turn while trying to get to the rail, he won’t cross the finish line anywhere near where he should. Pick a dog that doesn’t jump from the boxes too enthusiastically, and stays behind the pack until he can make his move.