As well as this, their sportsbook also caters for customers with different interests, with their current and Politics markets meaning that Betfair are one of the only bookmakers to provide such offerings to Nigerian punters. In terms of odds, our review found that Betfair are a little disappointing in this area, especially when compared to other bookmakers within the industry. Whilst they certainly do not have the worst odds around, they rarely standout in this area, with better prices generally being found on their betting exchange. However, Betfair do offer a best odds guarantee on all horse racing meetings, a promotion that is also offered by many of the major online bookmakers.
However, on closer analysis, we were able to make valuable distinctions between the various live streaming platforms, particularly when it came to horse racing.
The top bookies for horse racing live streams To determine which bookmaker we believe offers the best live streaming platform, we assigned each bookmaker a ranking and points value across each of the eight criteria. Of the 15 bookmakers in our analysis, Betfair was found to provide the best live streaming platform for horse racing.
Why did Betfair rank so highly? Firstly, the number of events streamed live at Betfair exceeds every bookmaker in our analysis, and in many cases, by a substantial margin.
Secondly, in common with other bookmakers, Betfair ranks well in terms of these streams being easy to access. To regularly view sporting events, a bettor only needs to have a funded account, while to view horse racing events you need only to have placed a bet on the race you want to watch.
Betfair also ranks highly when it comes to horse racing coverage with nine countries covered, and also offers upwards of nine sports to watch via their live streaming platform.
While Paddy Power may not broadcast a similar volume of sporting and racing events as Betfair, it ranks highly in terms of access requirements and minimum bet requirements. Paddy Power also ranked highly for horse racing coverage.
In third we have Coral.
Coral also ranks highly when it comes to the minimum deposit required to access its live streaming platform. Most streamed events Before we declare which bookmakers ranked highly in this category, it has to be said that the majority of bookmakers are, to put it mildly, reluctant to provide precise figures on the number of live streaming events they broadcast each week, month or year.
Having said that, Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes and bet all ranked highest among the bookmakers subjected to our analysis, offering the highest number of sporting and racing events for viewing.
While some bookmakers offer live streaming across a broad range of sporting events, others, such as Paddy Power and Coral, retain a horse racing focus. Access requirements The majority of bookmakers offer two options when it comes to accessing their live streaming platform.
Firstly, users can place a minimum bet within the previous 24 hours or secondly, they can simply have an account with a positive balance. It should be noted however that a number of bookmakers have a minimum balance requirement.
When it comes to horse racing, each bookmaker in our study requires customers to have placed a bet on the race that they wish to watch. Minimum stakes and minimum deposits While the positive account balance may be the preferred requirement among the majority of bettors, a minority prefer to have simply placed a bet within the previous 24 hours.
Of course, for any punter wishing to watch live racing will in the majority of instances be required to have placed a bet on the race they want to watch.
Many people accessing bookmaker live streams have no interest in placing bets, but are simply interested in watching live streams of their favourite football leagues, basketball and ice hockey tournaments not to mention of course, major horse racing events such as Cheltenham.
So which bookmakers demand the lowest minimum first deposit? This is particularly good news for casual punters just wanting to watch their favourite sporting leagues or a once-a-year punter wanting to watch live streams of major racing events such as the Cheltenham Festival.
Horse racing coverage So which bookmakers in our study offer the broadest range of racing events?
With the Cheltenham Festival approaching, many racing fans will be keen to access live streaming of the great event.
Most of the big online bookmakers will be providing live broadcasts of the Cheltenham Festival such as Betfair, bet, Paddy Power and Coral, with standard access requirements, meaning in most cases, punters will only need to have a positive balance in their accounts or have placed a bet on the Cheltenham Festival race that they want to watch.
Sports coverage While many punters access bookmaker live streams simply to enjoy the live racing coverage, a growing number also use the platforms to view live sports events from around the world, at little expense.
Bookmaker live streams offer punters access to sporting leagues and tournaments that are not available via alternative online subscription streaming services or via local satellite television providers. In our study, bet led the way with a minimum of 20 sports available, while Betsafe, Betfair and Marathonbet also exceed the average number of sports offered across the bookmakers in our study.
Conclusion While the majority of bookmakers are reluctant to provide precise figures when it comes to their live streaming service, a comparative analysis can still glean insights.
Our analysis across 15 leading bookies found Betfair to have the strongest offering, followed by Paddy Power and Coral. About bettingexpert.
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