Top 10 Spread Bets of 2015

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Spreadex’s Andy Mackenzie gives a run-down of some of the biggest and most dramatic spread betting events of last year – from surprises in Snooker to a victorious run in the Ashes.


  1. Darts: Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld, PDC World Championships

Michael van Gerwen had swept all before him coming into the PDC World Championships, claiming the Grand Slam of Darts, the Masters, UK Open, World Matchplay and European Championship.

But in the shock of all shocks, van Barneveld prevailed 4-3 in a thriller in the last 16 where Match Performance (spread based on 10 points per 180 and 2 points per each missed double) went through the roof.

  1. Baseball: Cincinnati v Milwaukee, Major League Baseball

Kansas City Royals were the World Series Winners in 2015, winning the series 4-1 against New York Mets.

However, spread betters may better remember this clash in April when a slug-fest saw Cincinnatti Reds beat Milwaukee Brewers 16-10 and send Cross-Runs (Team A runs multiplied by Team B runs) into orbit.

  1. Tennis: Ward v Isner, Great Britain v USA, Davis Cup World Group, 1st Round 2015

Novak Djokovic dominated the men’s scene again in 2015 (apart from losing to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final), but the big tennis story of the year was Great Britain’s first Davis Cup win in 79 years.

The journey started with a tough encounter against the USA, during which James Ward’s 15-13 final set win over John Isner helped Murray and co. to victory and saw Total Points make up at a whopping 438 for spread betters.

  1. Snooker: Shaun Murphy v Barry Hawkins, World Snooker Championship semi-finals

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s disappearance from the game after crashing out of the World Snooker Championships in the quarter-finals in April was the big talking point of the year for snooker.

For spread betters, Shaun Murphy’s 17-9 semi-final win over Barry Hawkins was arguably the highlight as the match produced eight centuries, equalling the Crucible record and sending 50-Ups (aggregate of all breaks over 50) sky high. Murphy went on to lose to Stuart Bingham in the final.

  1. Horse Racing: Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday

Annie Power’s dramatic fall at the last in the Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday was the big story of the Cheltenham Festival with reports suggesting it had cost punters £40m following a string of favourites winning earlier in the day.

For spread betters, the Wednesday was perhaps more memorable as Squared Numbers (racecard number of winner for each race squared, then aggregated) hit a huge make-up as Windsor Park (10), Don Poli (2), Aux Ptits Soins (22), Dodging Bullets (3), Rivage D’Or (10), Qualando (17) and Moon Racer (12) all came home.

  1. American Football: New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots were the 2015 Super Bowl winners and it was the champions who were involved in a big moment for NFL spread betters in their 40-32 win over Buffalo Bills during the current season.

Tom Brady threw for 466 yards – the second-most of his career – while Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns and Stephen Gostkowski hit a 25-yard field goal meaning New England Triplets (combined yardage of the three players) rocketed.

  1. Football: Norwich v Leicester, Premier League

Without question, Leicester City were the Premier League team of 2015 as their amazing end of season run avoided relegation in May before they surged to the top of the league in December.

The Foxes were involved in one of the big make-ups for football spread betters when a mammoth 25 corners were taken in total in their 2-1 win at Norwich, meaning Corners Squared ended at 625.

  1. Rugby League: Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors, Super League

Wigan Warriors went down 20-22 to Leeds Rhinos in the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October, but spread betters may better remember another defeat for the Warriors earlier in the season.

Catalan Dragons scored 34 points in the first half and 24 in the second in a 58-16 thrashing of Wigan, meaning their Multi-Points (first half points scored multiplied by second half points scored) hit a massive 816.

  1. Rugby Union: New Zealand v France, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

England’s dismal showing in the World Cup saw them become the first hosts not to make it past the group stage in the tournament’s history and resulted in Stuart Lancaster being replaced by Eddie Jones.

New Zealand won the tournament for the third time and their 62-13 quarter-final mauling of France saw the All Blacks score 29 points in the first half and 33 in the second meaning their Multi-Points settled at a whopping 957.

  1. Cricket: The Ashes

After England’s ODI series against New Zealand ended in runs galore, there was expectation that the Ashes may also follow suit.

However, the series was prominent mainly for some fairly dreadful batting displays from both sides as England ground out a 3-2 win to retain the Urn. Spread betters that sold Total Runs at the start of the series were left cheering not only England’s victory but a fairly hefty profit.

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Top 10 Retail Betting Events

1)     King George VI Chase, Kempton, Sat 26th Dec (Racing)
2)     PDC World Championships, Alexandra Palace, Thu 17th Dec – Sun 3rd Jan (Darts)
3)     Ladbroke Hurdle, Ascot, Sat 19th Dec (Racing)
4)     Man Utd v Chelsea, Premier League, Mon 28th Dec (Football)
5)     Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, Cheltenham, Sat 12th Dec (Racing)
6)     Wolfsburg v Man Utd, Champions League, Tue 8th Dec (Football)
7)     Arsenal v Man City, Premier League, Mon 21st Dec (Football)
8)     Betfred Becher Chase, Aintree, Sat 5th Dec (Racing)
9)     Olympiakos v Arsenal, Champions League, Wed 9th Dec (Football)
10)  South Africa v England, 1st Test, Durban, Sat 26th – Wed 30th Dec (Cricket)

Chart supplied by Betfred. Data for December.

Top 10 Betting Exchange Events

  1. Fixtures 23 December / Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers; Match Odds £31,012,119.68
  2. Fixtures 22 December / Hobart v Brisbane; Match Odds £27,714,444.66
  3. Test Series / India v South Africa (4th Test); Match Odds £27,062,258.42
  4. Fixtures 21 December / Perth v Adelaide; Match Odds        £26,177,379.60
  5. Fixtures 02 December / Comilla v Dhaka; Match Odds £26,076,920.72
  6. Fixtures 10 December / Barisal v Dhaka; Match Odds        £25,056,424.18
  7. Fixtures 09 December / Sylhet v Dhaka; Match Odds        £24,320,136.18
  8. Fixtures 12 December / Barisal v Dhaka; Match Odds        £23,115,372.44
  9. Fixtures 08 December / Comilla v Rangpur; Match Odds £22,669,580.64
  10. Fixtures 27 December / Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars; Match Odds £22,178,799.86

Chart supplied by Betfair. Data for September.

Top 10 Betting Websites

  1. Bet365  20.69%
  2. Betfair (Exchange + Sportsbook)               12.24% (7.92% + 4.32%)
  3. Bet Victor            11.18%
  4. Paddy Power     10.50%
  5. William Hill          9.71%
  6. Sky Bet 8.07%
  7. Coral      6.16%
  8. Ladbrokes           5.40%
  9. Betway 2.71%
  10. BetFred                2.32%

Chart supplied by Oddschecker. Calculated on market share. Data for December.

Top 10 Football Betting Websites

  1. Bet Victor            16.16%
  2. Bet365  16.05%
  3. Betfair (Exchange + Sportsbook)               10.96% (7.52% + 3.44%)
  4. Sky Bet 10.25%
  5. Paddy Power     8.41%
  6. William Hill          7.70%
  7. Coral      6.88%
  8. Ladbrokes           5.33%
  9. BetFred                3.24%
  10. Betway 2.14%

Chart supplied by Oddschecker. Calculated on market share. Data for December.

Top 10 Horse Racing Betting Websites

  1. Bet365  26.12%
  2. Betfair (Exchange + Sportsbook)               15.84%
  3. William Hill          11.55%
  4. Paddy Power     11.52%
  5. Bet Victor            7.55%
  6. Sky Bet 6.27%
  7. Coral      5.13%
  8. Ladbrokes           4.81%
  9. Betway 2.55%
  10. BetFred                1.99%

Chart supplied by Oddschecker. Calculated on market share. Data for December.

Top 10 X Factor Betting Websites

  1. Bet365  26.68%
  2. Coral      14.36%
  3. Betfair (Exchange + Sportsbook)               12.98% (8.74% + 4.24%)
  4. Sky Bet 9.44%
  5. William Hill          6.44%
  6. Betway 4.40%
  7. Stan James         3.01%
  8. Bet Victor            2.91%
  9. BetFred                2.71%
  10. Paddy Power     2.10%

Chart supplied by Oddschecker. Calculated on market share. Data for December.

Top 10 Football Specials Betting Websites

  1. Bet Victor            23.24%
  2. Sky Bet 20.79%
  3. Betfair (Exchange + Sportsbook)               18.16%
  4. Paddy Power     12.75%
  5. Ladbrokes           5.33%
  6. William Hill          4.95%
  7. Coral      4.66%
  8. Bet365  3.39%
  9. Betway 1.95%
  10. Winner 1.19%

Chart supplied by Oddschecker. Calculated on market share. Data for December.

Top 10 Financials Spread Betting Markets

1        Germany 30, Daily

2        Wall Street, Daily

3        UK 100, Daily

4        Spot, EUR/USD

5        Spot, GBP/USD

6        UK 100, Mar

7        SPX 500, Daily

8        UK 100, Dec

9        Wall Street, Mar

10        SPX 500, Mar

Chart supplied by Spreadex. Data for December.

Top 10 Sports Spread Betting Markets

1        South Africa v England 1st Test

2        New Zealand v Sri Lanka 1st Test

3        Arsenal v Man City

4        Australia v West Indies 2nd Test

5        New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2nd Test

6        India v South Africa 4th Test

7        Leicester v Chelsea

8        Newcastle v Liverpool

9        Southampton v Arsenal

10        Leicester v Man City

Chart supplied by Spreadex. Data for December.


Top 10 UK Horseracing Pools

Ascot          The Ladbroke (Handicap Hurdle) (Grade 3)

Cheltenham          Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (A Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)

Ascot            Sodexo Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race)

Kempton Park         William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1)

Aintree               Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Sandown Park          Betfair London National (A Handicap Chase)

Ascot                   JLT Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1)

Cheltenham        British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

Ascot                    Neptune Investment Management Championship NH Flat Race (Listed Race)

Cheltenham               CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Handicap Hurdle

Chart supplied by Totepool. Data for December.

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