Horse racing betting has changed in recent years with advancements in technology bringing the pleasure of a wager to the wider public. Indeed, technology has brought significant changes to a variety of sports, and horse racing has not been left out of the mix. In many places, gone are the days when players were required to transport themselves to a major horse racing track, spending an afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of the sport.

In those places, a bet can be done at the click of a button. Use a desktop computer to punt on your favorite horse from home or work. Download a mobile betting app and gamble from trackside, on public transport, while out for lunch or just about anywhere you fancy. The future has landed and it’s no surprise the industry has gone from strength-to-strength in recent times.

Up close and personal

Where online betting is available, bettors have a few options when it comes to betting on the outcome of a top race or, indeed, any contest that catches their eye. They can make the effort to visit the venue and place their stake money down at one of the on-course bookmakers. Simply hand cash across and receive a betting slip confirmation as receipt of the bet.

This could, in today’s world of modern betting, be described as the traditional or even old-fashioned way to bet on horse racing, but some prefer betting in person because they can deal in cash, staking and collecting any winnings due as soon as the result has been confirmed. It also offers an opportunity to enjoy the thrills and spills of a visit to the racetrack, seeing the horses and jockeys from a unique perspective.

Convenience is king

For those who prefer a more modern approach, betting online is king. When placing bets on a bookmaker’s betting site or mobile app you can wager from home. It’s easy to find a great site to use by exploring comparison websites, and you can also find a wealth of information on the types of bets available – such as ‘to win’ or ‘each way’ – as well as the factors that might influence the outcome of a race. Then, you can bet on a major race at whilst sat on the sofa using your laptop computer or in the garden. It puts the bettor in complete control and a generation of punters have come to expect this.

Betting on a mobile app cuts the chord that tethers you to a personal computer or laptop. Download a betting app to your handheld device in seconds, such as a phone or tablet, and you can turn everyday scenarios into a pulsating live sports betting experience. Bettors on horse racing and sport adore the convenience and simplicity of online betting.

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Some also prefer betting online because there is no need to handle cash. Bets are paid for through a debit/credit card or e-wallet service, with many sites offering a variety of well-known, safe payment options. Click the runner you want to back in a race to add it to your bet slip. Input the intended stake and click to confirm. It is as easy as that. Your bet will now be on and cannot be changed.

So, as major horse races such the Kentucky Derby go ahead later on in the year, will you be placing a bet and if so, how will you be doing that?

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