In next to no time, the IPL has developed into one of the highlights of the cricket calendar, a furious 40-over slog by some of the world’s greatest players.
This year’s IPL winners, the Chennai Super Kings dominated Twenty20 betting. So well fancied were they that online bookmakers made a point of quoting odds which notionally excluded them from the field, a feature only available via the internet.
In India and the UK, T20 cricket betting has become a staple form of wagering. From Mumbai to Manchester, punters now mull over each team’s form as they consider their T20 bet. This is a massive change for cricket betting was traditionally an early summer activity, during which folk would tend to place their bets and forget about them until the final days of September. Nowadays, punters stake their T20 bet (or bets) and then get together to discuss the finer points of IPL T20 betting.
The advent of the internet has powered IPL T20 betting and predictions of which side will dominate T20 cricket betting. Furthermore, with most odds determined by online bookmakers, the offer of free bets is an ongoing attraction.
Apart from the ease with which T20 bets can be staked online, the range of IPL T20 betting markets available to punters has widened enormously. The most welcome development has been the introduction of live T20 betting, a feature which gives bettors the chance to consider factors such as current form and conditions for a longer period of time before staking their bet.
In addition, the free bet offers available at most online bookmakers are enthusiastically accepted by many who enjoy betting on T20.
With the competition now three years old, IPL betting is expected to reach new peaks in 2011, no doubt much to the surprise of any predictor of the sport’s imminent demise.
Only a few years ago, no-one thought T20 betting would take off to the extent it has and misplaced predictions that the sport and its thousands of avid followers would simply migrate to some other form of cricket betting have proved wide of the mark.
T20 betting odds, generous free bets offers and the ready availability of publications telling readers how to win at Twenty 20 betting has succeeded in capturing punters’ imagination. This is great news for cricket betting in general as some of the game’s established fixtures were showing signs of becoming less attractive to cricket lovers.
The arrival of the IPL and with it a plethora of T20 betting odds, combined with unexpected results (and exciting fixtures) has ensured that Twenty20 betting has become an integral part of the cricketing season. One final point: a bet on T20 is not simply a two-dimensional win/lose wager – the number of markets available for punters is almost as varied and as colourful as the competition itself. How refreshing.