There are plenty of betting options for punters as the Grand National takes place this afternoon, as many placing a bet on the National will look for each way value, picking up their tips and selecting horses with big odds, in order to make bigger winnings.
Of course, bookmakers do offer free bets for visitors, as Paddy Power report a free bet for punters to use on the race this afternoon.
One of the most popular questions around this time of year that tipsters get asked is “what’s your tip for the Grand National” – the regularity of the question is enough to drive a sane man completely off the rails.
Not only is it probably the hardest race of the entire season to predict, it is also has 40 runners – what chance do the so-called people in the know have?
If you are one of these tipster harassers then here are a couple of things to help you along the way of finding the winner and making sure you make a bet of the Grand National a profitable one.
Do not under circumstances bet each-way on the Grand National. The odds are so stacked against you it’s unbelievable. Most firms only pay the first four past the post which is scandalous for a handicap that contains 40 runners. They know they can push the odds in their favour and still drum up enough interest from casual punters to take advantage of.
Instead of backing each way, which is two-bets, split two different win bets on two selections.
So for example, if you was going to have £1 each-way (£2 bet in total) on say, Ballabriggs at 14/1 – change your tactic and pick another horse as well, say Neptune Collonges at 33-1, and lay down £1 win singles on each horse.
Then you will have a two runners running for you, which automatically gives a you a better chance of winning.
They may finish in the first four and you miss out on the each way money, but the returns from an each way bet are nowhere near fair enough to make it a worthwhile investment. Also, more importantly when you put the bet on, take the price.
Firms will shorten the price of every runner in the final ten minutes before the off to increase their profits.