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A scorecast bet is really two bets rolled into one – so essentially a double. It refers to predicting the first or last goal scorer in a football match as well as the correct score. Most scorecast bets relate to the first goal but there is no reason why bookmakers cannot offer the last goal market as well.
Scorecast betting is an increasingly popular way of betting on football – both for the bettors and for the bookmakers. Bettors are attracted to these kinds of markets as the odds are usually very long due to the nature of the bet. They may seem obvious but predicting the correct first goal scorer and the correct final score is actually pretty hard to do.
Bookmakers enjoy offering the scorecast option, as they are always likely to attract a lot of attention and publicity. Some bookies have also started to use the scorecast bet in promotions where a further free bet is offered on all losing selections.
One thing to remember when it comes to scorecast betting is that own goals don’t count so you can’t rely on defensive mistakes to get a winner.
One Sunderland fan thought he had won big on his 145/1 scorecast bet when Fabio Borini scored in his side’s 3-1 defeat in the 2014 League Cup final. But the bookie refused to pay claiming that they had mistakenly offered odds on Borini scoring in a 1-0 win. They did offer to pay out on their version of the bet – which was around £1,300 less than the punter was expecting.