IPL Betting 2012
The Indian Premier League is one of the biggest cricket tournaments in the world as it is the perfect illustration of why Twenty20 cricket is so popular at the moment. The IPL will start on April 4 and will run for well over a month with the final being played on May 27 in front of a sell out crowd in Chennai.
IPL betting 2012 is a good way for cricket lovers to make some money out of the sport because there are so many matches, so many players and so many markets to take advantage of. The teams will be out to oust current champions Chennai, and the action will be fierce with the best players from countries all over the world involved.
IPL Group Stage
The IPL group stage will be the bread and butter diet of any cricket betting fan watching the tournament. The IPL group stage starts on April 4 and runs until May 20 with a staggering 72 group matches in total. This represents 72 chances to make money from normal T20 cricket betting markets.
Naturally the IPL group stage will involve all nine teams competing for a final place. The nine teams involved in the IPL group stage are; Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors India.
The IPL group stage will see the fixtures spread out across India with some of the best cricket stadiums in the world given the chance to show off and impress. All of the teams have a home ground with the biggest capacity at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) being 90,000. Chennai will defend their crown at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in front of 50,000.
IPL Play-Off Stage
The IPL play-off stage may appear a little confusing to anyone who doesn't normally follow cricket but fancies a bet on the tournament. The IPL play-off stage is not the same as a quarter-final, semi-final and then final situation. The first four ranked teams from the group stage qualify for the IPL play-off stage.
The teams in positions first and second play qualifier one, a match to determine which of the two teams go into the final. The third and fourth placed teams play each other in an eliminator to determine which of the sides is knocked out and which of the sides plays the losing team from the first match. The winner of that match takes the second place in the final.
IPL betting is no different to any other T20 cricket betting market. All of the normal and popular markets will be available for punters to take advantage of such as match winner, chance of a century, tournament winner, highest run corer and highest wicket taker in the tournament and many more.
Also bear in mind that some of the best players in the world are playing in this tournament. These are players that will make long priced markets seem like a solid possibility such as the chance of a century in a match. Good examples of this are England batsman Kevin Pietersen and Kiwi Ross Taylor playing for Delhi or West Indies great Chris Gayle playing for Bangalore.
IPL betting also represents a great chance to bet in-play with plenty of variety available because there are so many matches to watch. All of the 72 matches will have run chases, falling wickets and other in-play events that can sometimes produce some great betting value.