Tennis Betting Techniques: Multis and Over/Under Total Games

November 3, 2022

Tennis competitions frequently feature matches that, at least on paper, seem one-sided in the opening rounds.

Targeting the over/under game market, where you can wager on the maximum number of games in a tennis match, is another tennis betting strategy.

Multi betting

Tennis Multi-betting performs just as advertised. You select a number of players, and they must all win their respective matches for you to win the multi-bet.

For instance, they finished five matches on the first day of the ATP 500 in Eastbourne in 2019. The odds for the favorites were 2/5, 4/5, 33/50, 6/10, and 3/10, with 15/2 being the price for a multi-bet on all five favorites.

The wager was unsuccessful since James Millman, the player whose odds were 4/5, fell to Fernando Verdasco in three sets. Although there wasn’t much difference between them in that match, a safer tactic of simply backing players with odds of 3/5 or lower provided you with a triple paying out at multi odds of 19/10. (which did win).

Naturally, you may adjust your tennis multiple bet to include players you believe are overvalued and omit those in poor shape or dubious on the court. However, like with all multis, there is a chance that one participant will let you down. Accumulator insurance is available on multiple tennis wagers at some of the top Australian betting sites. Although your multi typically needs to have a minimum of four or five legs and combined odds of at least 3/1, they will refund the value of your deposit as a free bet if 1 leg lets you down.

Over/Under Market for Tennis Betting

Many online betting firms also refer to total games as “tennis betting over/under.” You wager on whether a match will consist of more or fewer games than a predetermined number. Unless the set is a decider in a particular Grand Slam event, in which case a margin of two clear games is necessary to clinch victory, each set can only have a maximum of 13 games (the tiebreak being the 13th game).

A match between two reasonably equal-matched players will have a threshold of 23.5 or 24.5 for a best-of-three match since service holds are simpler and more frequent in the men’s game. This number drops to 20.5 or 21.5 in the women’s game, where breaks are more frequent. Typically, the odds for overs and unders are set initially at 17/20 for each side, and they will fluctuate based on the number of bets placed.

Some new betting providers will offer the alternative under/over game tennis thresholds with greater price differences. A match with 17/20 on either side for 23.5 games may be offered at 33/100 over 20.5 games and 2/1 for less than 20.5 games.

At the start of the game, in-play betting begins, and more threshold selections typically become available. These odds fluctuate as the game progresses, and you can easily modify your staking strategy based on how you think the game will pan out. It could be lucrative to wager “Unders” if a player is gaining ground and appears to be headed for a swift victory. Similar to how it will be ‘Overs’ if it seems to be a close match.

Three-set matches are typically doomed for “Unders” wagers. Additionally, theoretically, fewer games should be necessary to determine the result of the match, the more lopsided it appears to be on paper.

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