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Once upon a time the only form of betting on European football or soccer as we call it, was doing what was called the pools. This would typically be for all the league games played every Saturday in England and Scotland. You would have a coupon with all the games listed and have to accumulate 24 points for the top dividend. You would receive 3 points for a score draw and 2 points for a no score draw and you would mark an "x" in the grid alongside the game played. Thousands upon thousands of hopeful gamblers would mail their coupon in midweek to arrive before game time on Saturday, and all be glued to the TV or radio at 5pm Saturday for the reading of the football results in the hope of hitting the big time jackpot often around £2m.
It is no surprise, that although the pools still exists, it is no longer the game of choice when it comes to football and gaming. The online world has completely taken over the scene and today millions of dollars flood the football market every day, the game also enjoying a huge global viewing market that can watch their games live via satellite or online.
Today, we are going to take a look at online "Goalscorer Betting", which is just one of a multitude of football related bets that can be placed.
We will look at betting on the first goal scorer of a particular match that you fancy. As with anything, you need to know the rules, so here are a couple of things to be mindful of before you place your bet.#H Your Selected Player Doesn't Make the Line Up Or Is Substituted #/H
Simply put, if your player has not been selected to play and is sitting on the bench and a goal is scored, your bet is null and void. If however he comes off the bench with the score still 0-0, the bet is activated as soon as he comes on the field. This is the norm in goal scorers betting.
Betting On Each Way
The way this is applied to football is excluding own goals if the player you have selected is one of any of the players that scores a goal up to the 5th goal, you will be paid out 1/3 of the odds at the end of the match. If there is an own goal scored, it is not counted as one of the five for this bet. This means there could have been 5 goals scored including an own goal and if he was to score the 6th goal, you would be paid out on your each way bet.
First Goalscorer Insurebet
With this particular bet, your odds are slightly reduced compared to placing a win or each way bet. Here if your player doesn't get the first goal, yet still manages to score during the game, you will get your money back, this way as long as he scores you can't lose. Do note if he scores an own goal, this would not count and your stake would be forfeited.
In addition to the aforementioned, also be aware, these rules do not carry through to extra time, 90 mins only, no exceptions. Enjoy your game!