Differences between markets in bookmakers


You've probably noticed that the outcomes in bookmakers are far from equal. Somewhere they give a huge limit, but somewhere the maximum rate is only a couple of thousand rubles. Somewhere there are good odds up to 2.00 at 1.99, and somewhere at 1.85 in both directions for equal chances. Why is this happening, and what is the difference? Let's figure it out today.

Types of markets in bookmaker

Depending on their popularity, outcome markets are divided into three types:

  1. Big markets;
  2. Middle markets;
  3. Small markets.

Each type has its own qualities and properties, which we will talk about below. In the meantime - in more detail about each type of markets.

Bigmarkets are all the TOP. The main tournaments in the most popular sports, which are on everyone's lips. Major football leagues in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England, as well as European cups and final tournaments of national teams (World Cup, Euro). North American leagues NHL, NFL, NBA, tennis Grand Slam tournaments, basketball Euroleague, ice hockey KHL, etc.

But with one important caveat - only the outcomes of the main line of these events refer to bigmarkets. That is, wins, handicaps, totals, double chances, in some cases some other popular markets like “Both teams will score”. In general, the most popular bettors' outcomes for the most popular tournaments in major sports are bigmarkets.

Middlemarkets are lower-level markets. It could be:

  1. Additional list in the TOP events described above. For example, bets on corners, individual totals, exact scores or half-time lines in major football matches. Or a list of additional handicaps and totals in TOP basketball.

  1. Main outcomes in minor competitions from major sports. For example, ATP / WTA 500 tournaments, major football championships in Portugal or Belgium, basketball Eurocup, hockey VHL, etc.

  1. Significant events in less popular sports - Euroleague volleyball, European Handball Championship, baseball MLB and the like.

Smallmarkets are the smallest, that is, the most unpopular markets. This can be an additional list in events related to middlemarkets. Or deep statistical markets in major sports. Or minor leagues in minor sports. Or the most exotic disciplines like squash, badminton and cricket.

What are the differences between the markets

In addition to their popularity among bettors, bigmarkets, middlemarkets and smallmarkets differ in several other parameters: margin, odds stability, bet limits, number of errors and bookmaker loyalty to players. Further details on each item.

Bookmaker margin. On big markets it is minimal, averaging about 2-3%, depending on the office. In professional offices, it is consistently the lowest - 1-1.5%. And sometimes bookmakers also have promotional offers on big markets with zero margin.

In medium-sized markets, the odds are worse and the margins are correspondingly higher. On average, it is about 4-6%, depending on the bookmaker. Smallmarkets have the worst ratios, their margins can be up to 10-15%.

Stability of ratios to money loading. Bigmarkets have the most stable coefficients. They may not sag for a long time or sag minimally even from a solid bettor load. In medium-sized markets, they are already less stable, and on small markets they can change by 10-20% from just one maximum bet.

Bet limits. Bigmarkets have traditionally the highest limits. Even average bookmakers accept hundreds of thousands of rubles for them, and professional bookmakers - up to several million. On middlemarkets, the average limits are already several tens of thousands of rubles, and on smalls - just a few thousand, and sometimes even less.

Number of mistakes. Modern bookmakers simply have a huge list - up to 2000 outcomes per match, thousands of matches every day, hundreds of leagues, dozens of sports...plus, live. Even a very large analytical department is simply not able to cope with such a volume of data, so a good half of the line is occupied by computer programs.

Bigmarkets, like the main middlemarkets, are formed by living people. Therefore, there are a minimum of mistakes and these markets are harder for the player to beat. It is much easier to find errors and high-value outcomes on small markets, because they are often regulated by computers, but due to low limits and high margins, there is not much to roam about in terms of earnings.

Bookmaker loyalty. Recreational bookmakers (which are the majority) do not like players trying to beat the lane on smallmarket mistakes, and often limit their already low betting limits, as if inviting them to the exit. They are ready to endure the players who beat big markets and middles for much longer, even if they win. And professional offices, a priori loyal to all players, do not provide smallmarkets at all, the list there is much more modest and consists of big and middle.

Which markets are better to play

It depends on your goals and capabilities. If you beat bigmarkets, especially on the line of professional bookmakers Pinnacle or SBObet, then you will beat any markets. There - even 1% ROI (Yield) - is a great success and, due to high limits on big markets, you can earn solid money. And due to the high stability of the coefficients, you can additionally sell a subscription to your forecasts.

Middlemarkets are less suitable for the purpose of selling forecasts, but you can also make good money there yourself. Even in “Pink” there are enough gorgeous middlemarket offers, and on their account with Yield 4-5% you can just get rich. In certain markets, for example, corners and yellow cards in TOP football, it is possible to build a capper mailing list with a limited number of subscribers.

Smalls can only be earned on your own; they are not suitable for selling forecasts. The odds leave there after the capper's own bet, the market itself follows, and then it just closes. It is quite possible for yourself to have an impressive ROI (Yield) of 20-30%, which will more than cover even a high margin. True, you will regularly have to create all new accounts, because the bookmakers will try their best to get rid of you. And the initial limits are quite low there, so in terms of money, the profit will not be so impressive.


In general, ideally, you need to learn how to beat bigmarkets, that is, the main line of TOP events. But not everyone succeeds in this, only 2-3% of all bettors are able to do this on an ongoing basis. If it doesn't work out, you can try your luck in the middlemarket markets, or start looking for values ​​at the lowest level of markets - smallmarkets.