The total cards market is a popular market in play. As with goals markets as time elapses the odds on lots of bookings will lengthen, and when bookings take place the odds on less bookings will lengthen.
As with goals markets if bookings take place certain selections will no longer be offered as the market cannot settle as low.
Bookings markets are awarded as 10 points for a yellow card, and 25 for a red card (a player awarded two yellows receives 35 points). As with goals betting some markets give selections over or under and some group results together.
Image 1 shows an over/under market for bookings points in the Norwich Vs Sunderland Premier League Match.
In this case £20 is staked on over 30.5 points at odds of 2.10 (11/10). To win this bet 4 yellow cards would be required, or at least one yellow card with a red. The profit would be £22 and the total returns £42 as shown in the betslip in image 2.
At half time with one yellow card and 10 points awarded the market is about on track to settle at 30 points, with 30.5 point the over/under point as shown in image 3.
A greater proportion of bookings would be expected in the second half than a first half generally as the game is more open and stretched, and as players have used up verbal warnings. This means that in play there is no means of protecting any profit, this is because the bet is not ahead. In this case the in play bet may be ‘allowed to ride’.
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