How to bet on the Grand National for the first time! Your essential guide.

Beginner's guide to betting on the Grand National!

If you bet on horse racing just once a year, or you never have before, this is the time. The Grand National is here, and it’s time to bet. Here’s our guide how to bet on the Grand National for the first time!

So, you’ve never bet on sports before. Even if you’ve never seen a horse race in your life, all you need this guide on how to bet on the Grand National for the first time has everything you need to know.

When is the Grand National?

This is important. You want to make sure you’re in front of a television, preferably with a drink. It might get spilt in the excitement, but it’s all part of the fun. The Grand National is on Saturday 9th April at 17:15 (British Summer time.)

Choose a Sportsbook

You can go down to your local bookies, but betting online means you can look more carefully at the best odds and top deals. If you’ve never bet online in the UK, most sportsbooks have great bonuses when you sign up. For example, sign up to BetVictor, and they’ll match your first bet up to £25!

Find a Sportsbook with a good deal on each way places!

600 million TV viewers across the world are expected to see this year’s race!

Each way places are how you win money on the Grand National. It’s not easy to choose which horse will actually win, but you have a good chance of picking a horse to finish in the places. BetVictor are offering an incredible 6 places each way. That means if your horse finishes in the top 6, you get a quarter prize you would if it win. The longest odds available are 100.00 (99/1), so this can mean a lot of money!

beginner's guide to grand national

Bet now! (photo: Liverpool Echo)

Pick more than one horse!

Go for an outsider! The longest odds for a winner were 100/1! The shortest odds to win were 11/4

Since you want to bet on the Grand National for the first time, you’ll want to enjoy it. If you only make one bet, and your horse falls at the first fence, it’ll ruin your afternoon. You also want to pick a horse that’ll be competing when it comes to the final stages. That means you should pick more than one, preferably three or more.

Choose a favourite for your selection

Outsiders win sometime, but the best bets on the Grand National do tend to be fancied before. This year, Many Clouds (8/1), The Last Samurai (11/1), and Silvianiaco Conti (12/1) are the bookies picks. Pay attention to gambling news to see whose odds are dropping; maybe some punters have inside information!

Pick a slight outsider

The first Grand National first took place in 1839! 2016 is the 169th edition!

There are lots of horses just outside the favourites that could make a good bet on the Grand National. Shutthefrontdoor (18/1) is ridden by the legendary Tony Mccoy, while First Lieutenant (50/1) could be a good each-way bet thanks to a habit of finishing in second place!

Finally, pick a horse with a name you like!

The Grand National is famously unpredictable, so any horse could do well, especially if you just need a finish in the top 6! Form counts for nothing, so you might as well pick one you’ll enjoy cheering to the finish line. Teachers may well go for Morning Assembly (25/1), ambitious punters have a top pick thanks to Rule the World (50/1), and it’s Masters weekend, so why not go for Just A Par (40/1)! 

Gaming Zion Grand National Picks

The Last Samurai @ 11.00 (10/1)
Holywell @ 16.00 (15/1)
Onenightinvienna @ 40.00 (39/1)
Rocky Creek @100.00 (99/1)

All odds from BetVictor. To learn more, read out BetVictor Review.

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