The term ‘ante post’ relates traditionally to bets on horse racing. In fact, the term refers to the way in which punters can bet on a horse before it ‘goes to post’ (starts the race).

These days, more and more people are seeing the benefits of Ante Post bets in football. Of course, there are a few downsides too.

With this in mind, it would be wise to make sure you’re fully in-the-know when making this kind of bet. Here are the positives and some negatives of ante post bets in football.


Better odds

Take a World Cup that is due to happen at a fixed point in the future. You can place a bet on the winner, the tournament’s top scorer, and so on far in advance, potentially giving you greater odds than would be available when the event is about to happen (or has already kicked off).

More time

While it can be easy to get impatient, you should know that with time on their side, this can give you an advantage. After all, it gives you more time to calculate your next move.

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More chances to lose

The advantage of betting on a tournament that is already happening is that you’ll have more of an idea of the state of play. This is not something you tend to benefit from with ante post betting.

For example, say you bet on Robert Lewandowski to score a hat-trick for Poland at the World Cup in 2018. From now until then, Lewandowski could suffer an injury that you have no way of predicting this long before the event. In that case, you lose your stake money.

If you make such a bet on the day of the match and he drops out injured, the bookmaker will return your stake.

As you can see, there are a lot of positives to making ante post bets on the football. Just be patient and err on the side of caution, and you could well be in for a big win at some point in the future.