Best New Jersey Online Cricket Betting Guide

Most certainly not the most popular sport in the United States, but a global phenomenon nearly everywhere else, cricket is sports betting heaven.

With New Jersey opening up the sport betting market for everyone 18 years and older, this great game is becoming more and more prevalent in New Jersey online sportsbooks. Cricket on the highest level is played year-round all over the world, giving you almost daily opportunities to find a match worth betting.

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We at Betting Guide NJ, understand that to start betting on this sport can be quite daunting. The number of bets can quickly go into the hundreds, and its rules might be foreign to you. With this guide, you will be able to identify the four main betting routes. These four are:

  • Individual match betting
    • Team 
    • Player
  • Tournament betting
  • In-play betting

Through the different topics, you will learn about nearly all aspects of the game. To help you even more on your way to placing your first successful online cricket bet, you will find some useful tips at the very end of this article. 

What is Cricket?

Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport where teams are trying to score the most runs in a match. A bowler (similar to pitcher) will try bowl (throw) all 11 batsman out as quickly as possible by hitting the wicket (sticks) behind the batsman.

Points are awarded to batsman according to the number of runs made while the ball is in play. When they hit it outside of the barrier, 6 points are awarded for a groundless hit and 4 points when the ground is touched. The team with the most runs wins – it is as straightforward as can be.

There are three formats of cricket matches you will see in NJ sportsbooks. These are:

  • Test matches

The traditional form of the game takes five days in total and has hundreds and hundreds of In-game bets that spice up the viewing excitement significantly.

  • One-day Internationals

A one day format in which matches only last 50 overs (6 consecutive throws by a side’s bowler). Quicker and more enjoyable, you can find this format for the FCC World Cup, where online betting is at its peak.

  • Twenty20 Internationals

T20 internationals are the latest and greatest from the cricket organizations. This match format is gaining popularity with Cricket fans everywhere. Only 20 overs are required, which allows a game to finish within 3 hours. More tournaments in this format are popping up. Expert bettors can take advantage of the relatively inexperienced public who bet on this format.

With this small summary of the game, it is already enough to start enjoying a competition. Online betting on cricket is a whole other game. Let’s look at the types of bets you can make.

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Types of Online Cricket Bets

Like we mentioned before, cricket has three main categories of bets. Whether you are new to the betting side of cricket or are a veteran, who is looking to brush up his skills, here you will find all you need to know. To start, we show you the most popular of the three, the individual match bets.

Individual Match Betting

Seeing that cricket games can be so long and sometimes have hundreds of bets tied to them, most people stick to individual match betting. Match bets divide into two categories, team and player betting. Team bets only look at the outcomes and situations happening with one or both sides in a game. Player bets are limited to individual players and their achievements (or failures) during the contest.

Team betting in individual matches
  • Moneyline

Explained in all of our other betting guides on Betting Guide NJ, the money line bet is where you bet on the winner of the match. Note that cricket games can result in a draw. Most online sportsbooks will offer a push in these cases, but make sure to check the rules of your bookmaker.

  • Tied game

Yes, cricket draws are so frequent that there is a betting option for it. Draws will happen around 25% of the time, depending on the format used. In recent years, draws have become rarer. Online sportsbooks are updating their odds to correlate for that, but errors are possible. Look for favorable lines in tie bets for those extra profits.

  • Total and Over/Under bets

Total and over/under are similar type bets with a distinct difference. With total bets, you are predicting the exact number of runs, outs, etc. Wagers involving only one team or two teams are both optional. The same goes for the second category here, over/under bets. Over/under bets allows you to say if the total number of runs, outs, will go over or under the amount set by the bookie. 

Payouts for the over/under bets are lower, seeing as they are easier to predict than the complicated total bets. 

All the bets below are available in both over/under and total betting:

  • Match score – How many total runs a match will see.
  • First inning score – How many runs will happen in the first inning of the game.
  • Total fours – The number of fours scored
  • Total sixes – Same as with total fours.
  • Most run-outs – The objective here is to see which side will have more run-outs.
  • Total wides – Similar to a ball pitch in baseball, a wide occurs when the bowler throws the ball outside the hitting zone of the batter.
  • Total opening partnerships – In cricket, batters always come out in duos, which is called a partnership. A run is only valid when both hitters are in their respective zones.
  • Highest 1st 15 overs – Instead of betting on the entire game, you can bet on who will be ahead after the first 15 overs. 

That’s mostly it when it comes to team betting. Other bets you might find are prop bets, which we don’t recommend betting. Finding value in prop bets is difficult in any sport. Cricket is no exception here, and there are already plenty of other bets to choose from.

Player betting in individual matches

Each cricket side has 11 players to their disposal. All players will go at-bat, and some of them will be bowlers as well. Although any player can win the award for the best batter, it tends to only go to a few players.

Some players stand out from the rest with their exceptional skills. Winning player bets is all about identifying who the next big star will be or who might have an outstanding performance way above their average level. 

The question is, what markets are there for the player to excel in? We listed them below:

  • Man of the match – Same as an MVP, chosen by either the public or the organization
  • Top Batsman – The objective is to predict which batsman will score the most runs correctly. Choose which batsman will be the best in a series, best in a single match, or best for one side.
  • Top Bowler – Similar to the top batsman bet, but this award is for the player who performs the best in bowling.
  • Individual bowlers’ wickets – Correctly predict the number of wickets a bowler will make.
  • Batsman match-ups – Pitting one batsman against the other, who do you think will bat the best?
  • To score 50 runs – Predict the player(s) who will hit this fantastic score.
  • Century – A century is when you hit the magical number of 100 runs. The bet is a simple one, will the match see one, yes or no?

Data from all players are all over the internet nowadays. Once you get more familiar with the teams and competitions, finding value in these bets is the way to go. Look for the diamonds in the rough that you think will be the next superstar. Especially the ones the online bookmakers are not recognizing.

Tournament betting

Some tournaments can drag on for weeks on end, and even single matches, like test matches, might take five days. Future bets that involve betting on a series or an entire tournament are a way to make those long drawn out series a lot more fun to watch. Pick the outright winner of a tournament or the winner of a test series, like the Ashes. 

Great for the casual bettor, these bets rarely offer excellent value for the experienced punter. These bets are the perfect way to get started for you in cricket betting, low risk, but loads of fun.

In-play betting

Such long run times of the matches must mean in-play betting is available, right? 

That’s absolutely right; during a match, you can bet on all kinds of outcomes. Let’s look at some of the more popular ones.

  • Batsman runs – Before the next batsman comes up, you can take a gamble on how they will perform. Mostly in the shape of an over/under bet, you will bet on the number of runs. When the batsman is already in play, the betting window closes.
  • Runs out next ball – When one of the batsmen don’t have a part of their body or their bat on the line when the other team breaks the stumps, it is called a run-out. For each next throw, you can bet on whether this will happen.
  • Method of dismissal – In cricket, there are five ways for the batter to be dismissed; Bowled, Caught, LBW, Run Out, or Stumped. Choose the one you think the current batsman will be dismissed with. Risky, but payouts are enormous.
  • Over/Under Totals – The same bets as we talked about in the team section of our article. During the game, over/under totals are regularly updated according to what the score is. 

These are the most critical bets in all of cricket, and when understood, will give you a solid foundation to work with. Did you learn them all? Then let’s go to the next section, where we give you the best tips to make a profit.

Top 3 Tips for the Win

  1. Know the game inside and out

Knowledge is power, and with cricket, this rings true as well. The more you know about the sport, the more accurate your bets will be. Learn everything about the players, teams, playstyles, and all the unique rules that cricket has in the hold.

  1. Bankroll management

Coming up with a strategy on how to handle your bankroll is incredibly important with sports betting. You might get lucky with randomly guessing where to bet and how much to bet, even if you have all the information possible. When it comes to long term betting, you need to start thinking about bankroll management. Figure out what percentage you allow yourself to wager on a single bet and stick with that — allowing you to play safe no matter if your bankroll goes down for a bit or when it starts skyrocketing.

  1. It’s not a bad idea to bet on both teams!

A strategy often witnessed in T-20 cricket matches; this one involves tapping into how a game’s momentum can swing abruptly. A favorite can quickly turn into an underdog and vice versa. In such a scenario, if you’ve put your money on the underdog, and that team’s price gets shortened, it may be wise to bet on the favorite, to earn yourself a guaranteed return.

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Cricket Betting FAQ

  • What types of cricket matches can I bet on?

    In New Jersey, only the international matches and competitions around the world are available for betting. Each year it gets a little better, and smaller games like national competitions are offered as well.
  • What is the minimum bet for cricket?

    The minimum bet amount all depends on the online sportsbook you are using. Anything ranging from $1-2 is decent enough for you to get your feet wet with cricket betting.
  • Do I need to be a cricket expert to bet on this sport?

    You do not need to be a cricket expert to bet on cricket, but knowing the sport inside out will unmistakably improve your chances of winning.