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Decimal Odds and Fractional Odds Explained

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Working out whether decimal odds or fractional odds are better for punters is regularly a topic of hot discussion, so for our next blog article, we’ll be taking a look at how the two compare.

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The key difference between the two that you need to take into consideration is that in fractional odds the stake is not included in your potential return, whereas in decimal odds it is.

fractional-to-hero

Fractional to hero

With fractional odds largely being used in the UK and large parts of the rest of the world using decimal odds, most of the time when it comes to determining which option to take it’s about what the punter is familiar with.

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Courtesy of Green Filly

Advocates of decimal odds believe it’s the best because it’s far more straightforward to calculate returns than fractional, which can be tougher to work out. This Bwin article explanation sums this up neatly, saying: “For example, many punters would have to think twice about whether 7/4 is better than 9/5, but when the same odds are expressed in decimal terms, 2.75 is clearly a lower return than 2.80.”

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Courtesy of Investopedia

Although decimal odds are easier to comprehend, the choice often comes down to personal preference and what you’re most comfortable using.

All in all, both options are fine as long as the gambler is happy and fully understands what they’re doing before placing any bets.

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1 Comment

  1. Wow, well-explained odds and their variations, previously I wan known to these things and many can get knowledge from this.

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