There are many different ways in which you can place a bet on a tennis game. Some of these involve narrowing the game down into a smaller segment, and that is exactly what happens with set betting. This is where you back a player to win a particular set, rather than the whole game. You can do this both in play and pre-match, and here is a guide on how to execute a winning set betting strategy.
Set Betting Pre-Match
Pre-match set betting is available for the first set. This is where you are backing a player to win the first set, rather than win the whole game. The first thing to look out for here when you are placing a bet on this market is who is serving first. These players will be able to get on the front foot if they can hold their serve, and will get the first chance to win the match.
It is worth noting that generally speaking when you compare the odds of players to win the first set and players to win the whole game, you will find they are often very similar. However, it makes more sense as a gambler to put your risk into a smaller time frame, just requiring your player to start well and win one set, rather than to win the whole game and rely on him keeping up his good play.
For those looking to get involved in tennis betting but don’t want the exposure of a bet on the entire game, set betting gives you a way to back someone to win the opening set and hopefully cash in on their win, rather than waiting for the full game to finish.
Set Betting In-Play
There is another way to bet on who will win a set and this is to do it in play. There are two advantages to this, although you must note here that the odds will change if things appear to be favouring your player and you will get smaller odds on their success.
The first advantage is that you can place a bet on any set, when the first set begins, in-play betting will be available on a player to win set two, and this will continue through the entire match, with a new set becoming available when players are playing in the set before.
The second advantage is that you can analyse the play and see who is on top of their game and who isn’t. This is one of the big advantages with in-play betting, and something you can use on any sport and on any market. Instead of looking back and reading the form book to make decisions about the game, you can watch real-time form unfold in front of your eyes, and use that to your advantage.
This is something that set betting punters can do, see where the momentum is going and who is on top in the game before placing a bet on that player to win the next set and keep things going the way they are.