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Board prices are the odds listed on the bookmakers’ boards at a horse or greyhound racetrack. These prices usually appear around 15 minutes before the race starts, and take over from the early prices offered earlier in the day. The starting prices are then derived from these board prices.
Although bettors can make their selections well in advance of races by taking the early prices offered by bookmakers, it is not until just before a race that the board price is revealed. These are the prices that are offered by the racetrack bookies and are seen as more relevant to the ongoing developments in the run up to the off.
These board prices are fixed odds and will be constantly updated and changed in the 10 or 15 minutes leading up to the race. Alternatively bettors can opt to go for the SP – or starting price – which is the odds offered at the start of the race. Choosing which odds to go for is a skill in itself as even the slightest change in price can make a huge difference in the amount of winning returns.
Due to the intense competition between online bookmakers, bettors can get an even better deal much of the time by using the best odds guaranteed promotions on offer. Here, the best price is paid out even if the bettor selected an early price. If the starting price is better value then they will receive more winning returns. This option has unsurprisingly proved very popular with online customers looking to get the most out of their horse and greyhound betting.