Published Published: July 2, 2019 Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Betting on badminton

Badminton Background

Badminton is an excitingly fun sport to play, watch and even
place a bet on. It is not a very big betting market, like football, but it is
fairly popular particularly in Asia and the UK. Many bettors consider betting
on badminton to be high risk because of its many factors that can influence a
game, such as temperature and air currents inside a hall. However, with some
research and discipline, badminton betting can be profitable in the long run.

Badminton was invented by British military officers in India
around the 1860s. On the premises of a military factory in India, a British
army officer was having a drink when he packed some stray feathers in the cork
from the bottle. He then threw it to a fellow officer who threw it back at him.
And just like that, this entertaining activity that quickly became popular was
the beginning of the badminton we know today.

Today, badminton is an Olympic sport and it is widely played
in the UK, the Scandinavian countries and South-eastern Asia, in countries like
China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. There are numerous national and
international badminton tournaments and championships offering bettors
opportunities to make some money.

Understanding the Game

If you want to bet on badminton, the first thing you should
do is to understand the game. Most people are familiar with badminton in one
form or another. You’ve probably seen or even played some badminton in the
backyard or at a picnic. And while that is definitely a version of badminton,
it is not the badminton you will bet on. Badminton as a professional sport is
always played indoors.

Badminton Objective

The objective of the game is to hit the shuttlecock, or
birdie, over the net and make it land in the scoring area. If the opponent
successfully returns the shuttlecock, a rally begins until it finally lands or
gets struck into the net. To win a badminton match, a player has to win 2 out
of 3 sets. To win a badminton set, a player must get to 21 points first.

Facilities and Equipment

Indoor court
a rectangular shaped court divided into two halves by a 1.55 m tall net. The
court has two tramlines along its sides. Just like in tennis, the outward
tramline marks the scoring zone for doubles matches with the inside tramline
marking the singles scoring zone.

Racket – each
badminton player uses a stringed racket. Good quality badminton rackets weigh
only 70 – 100 grams and are made of carbon fiber.

it is to badminton what the ball is to many sports like football, basketball
and tennis, the scoring object. Shuttlecocks can be synthetic but most of them
are made from 16 feathers, usually from geese or ducks, fixed in a conically
shaped cork base. An aerodynamic masterpiece, the shuttlecock will turn to fly
cork first no matter its initial orientation. It is very light, weighs up to
5.50 grams but it can pack a punch, reaching speeds up to 200 miles per hour
during a match.   

Scoring and Winning

To win a badminton match, a player or team of players have to
win 2 out of 3 sets. A badminton match can have a maximum of three sets. To win a
set, a player must reach 21 points before the opponent. In the event the set
gets to be tied at 20-20, a player must win by a 2 point margin. For example, a
scoreline of 23-21 means the set was won while 23-22 means it keeps on playing.
The highest points a player can score during a set is 30. That means if the set
is tied 29-29, whoever scores the next point wins the set.

Badminton Rules

A badminton match can be a singles (one player against
another) or doubles (two players against another two). A doubles game can be
between either an all-male or female pair against an all-male or female pair,
or it can be mixed.

An official badminton game must be played in an indoors

Scoring is counted when the shuttlecock lands within
the scoring zone of the opponent’s court.

If the shuttlecock, or birdie, lands outside the
scoring zone or hits the net, the opponent is awarded a point.

Serving has to be underarm, below the waist of the
serving player.

If a player or their racket touches the net, it is
considered a fault and the opponent is awarded the point.

Lets can be called if a shuttlecock lands on the court from
an adjacent court, or if the shuttlecock hits the lights or railings of an
arena, or if the receiving player is not ready when the serve is delivered.
When a let is called, the play is stopped and started over with no impact on
the score. If the shuttlecock hits the tape in a serve, no let is called.

Like in tennis, each badminton game is refereed by an
umpire on a high chair who makes the calls.

Badminton Betting

Betting on badminton can be challenging, yet fun, enjoyable
and with the added potential to bring in some profit.  Some bettors will have beginners’ luck and
earn profit while others have to work long and hard to develop a profitable
betting technique.

Some of the main things that make badminton betting
particularly challenging are small things with a big influence:

The temperature,
altitude and humidity of a badminton court
: all of these affect the speed
of the shuttlecock, putting some players at an advantage while others at a
disadvantage. A court at a high altitude with high temperature and humidity
makes the shuttlecock reach higher speeds as opposed to a court at a low
altitude, temperature and humidity. A hard-hitting, attack-oriented player
obviously prefers to hit the shuttlecock as fast as possible. Inside a warm
badminton court, this type of player is at an advantage over a more defensive,
technical player.

Air currents:
imagine something as simple as leaving a door open in the court arena can
possibly change the outcome of a badminton match. Weighing only 5 grams, a
shuttlecock’s trajectory is affected even by the smallest Airstream.

Even in football, the condition and temperature of a pitch
has some level of say in the result of the match. A respected football bettor
will look up and take into consideration the condition of the football pitch
before placing a bet. The same principle applies to badminton betting, even to
a higher degree. Badminton is a very fast sport played in a small court,
measuring 6.1 m wide by 13.4 m in length, where even the smallest change can
have a huge impact.

Even so, armed with some knowledge, tips and a little luck,
you can make profit betting on badminton in the long run.

Badminton Betting Markets

Most bookmakers offer similar markets to bet on badminton as
on other major sports, as well as some individual markets. Some of the bet
types you can place on badminton include:

Straight bet – the most popular bet in badminton, where
you back who the winner of the match will be. This offers some good value,
particularly in live badminton betting where the favourite player may lose the
first set only to win the next two.

Handicap betting – as the only possible result of a
badminton match can be either 2-0 or 2-1, the badminton handicap market is
fixed at -1.5 to the first player and +1.5 to the second player. If you back
the player with the -1.5 line, he would have to win the match 2-0 for your bet
to be settled as winner. Accordingly, backing the player with +1.5 means he can
lose the match as long as he wins a set and you have a winner. This market also
has value especially in the matches where the odds are set in favour of a clear
winner. It is not uncommon for a clearly favourite player to lose a set yet win
the match.

Over/Under – you can also bet on the total number of
points in a match, with the betting line usually set between over/under 72.5 to
78.5 total points. You should back the over market if you think the match will
go to three sets, or back the under market if you think it will be a two
straight sets win.

Correct score – there can only be two possible winning
score lines in a badminton match: 2-0 or 2-1. As such, you have odds available
for each player to win or lose the match with 2-0 or 2-1.

Set betting – this offers the other markets only at a
set level as opposed to a match level. You can place a straight bet on who will
win a set. You can also bet on over/under total points in a set. Last but not
least, you can bet on what the difference of points in a set will be. The
difference of points is usually given as a range such as 2-4 points, 4-6 points
and so on.

Leader after – some bookies, especially in badminton
live betting, offer betting markets for which player will be the leader after
5, 10, 15, 20 or more points in a set.

Player to score the next point in a set – more like a
coin toss bet but some bookies do offer you the choice to bet on which player
will score the next or a certain point number in a set.

Odds/even total match/set points – this is a primary
example of blind betting. It is impossible to determine if the total point in a
set or the whole match will be an odd or even number. If you back this type of
bet, do so only for fun and stake accordingly.

Badminton Tricks to Win

There are two main factors one should take into
consideration before betting on badminton:

  1. Head to head stats
    – when most bookmakers set the odds in a badminton match, they look mainly
    at the players’ standings. Most bettors do the same as well, but if you want to actually earn money from betting on badminton, you should take
    things to the next level: head to head stats. There will always be that
    top ranked player that for whatever reason, cannot win against a lower
    ranked player. You might find a top 5 player who has played six times
    against the 34th ranked player and lost five of those matches. As bookies
    rely mostly on standings, some value can be found when betting in such
  2. Tournament
    – some tournaments and competitions are more important than
    others in their financial and ranking rewards. It is worthwhile to look up
    the importance of the tournament being held before placing a bet. The
    tournaments that have more at stake will often have the best players
    competing at their best levels. Similarly, in lower level tournaments more
    upsets are likely since top players may prefer to serve their energy for a major event. In badminton, there are seven major events:

Olympic Games

World Championships

World Junior Championships

Thomas Cup

Uber Cup

Sudirman Cup

Para-Badminton World Championships

  1. Analyse recent
    events and individual players
    – badminton is not a mainstream sport so
    you have to do some research to be up-to-date on a player’s recent form
    and any injury reports. You will probably not have a TV coverage if the
    number one ranked badminton player in the world had a bad fall. Therefore,
    it is important to stay up-to-date on players by checking their social
    media profiles, reading badminton magazines, websites and forums.
  2. Choose best odds – most bookies in the UK offer betting markets on
    the major badminton events. As mentioned before, some bookmakers who most
    rely on players’ ranking might put out great value odds for the keen-eyed
    bettor. So, you should shop compare odds among bookies to find the best value for your bet.
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