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Betting on the Masters at an Online Sportsbook

Updated: .March 29, 2017

Most sports bettors are probably zeroed in on college basketball’s Final Four and National Championship Game when the calendar turns the page to April, but close on the heels following that huge betting event is professional golf’s first Major of the year. The Masters at Augusta National in Georgia during the first full week of the month is one of the premier betting events of the year when it comes to golf and now is the time to find an online sportsbook that can provide all the action you are looking for.

A great starting point is always a sportsbook where you already have an online betting account in place, but given the magnitude of added betting options for an event like the Masters, it may pay to look around at what else might be out there.

Just about every top online book will post futures odds to win the Masters outright, but in reality this can be one of the hardest bets to cash in on for any golf tournament. You need betting options that expand the futures odds to include a Top 10 and Top 5 finish. While the overall payout on either of these two futures will not be nearly as high as for the betting on the correct outright winner, your chances of cashing in a winning ticket will go up dramatically if you are betting on the top favorites.

One of the best ways to bet on a tournament such as the Masters is through head-to-head matchups between the golfers themselves. With a betting event as big as this, you should be able to find these types of betting options on a round by round basis along with betting a head-to-head matchups for the tournament as a whole. Once again, picking winners on a day-to-day basis is far more manageable than trying to predict how any particular golfer is going to perform over the course of four rounds at one of the most pressure-packed tournaments of the entire season.

Some of the best online sportsbooks will take things even further with a grocery list of props for this year’s Masters. You can bet on player props such as the nationality of the winning golfer or which American or European will finish the highest in the field among their fellow countrymen. Often times there are betting odds posted for the top four golfers in the tournament as a group against the rest of the field.

There are also any number of other types of props released in conjunction with the action on the course. You can bet on whether or not there will be a ‘hole in one’ at some point in the four competitive rounds. You can bet on things such as actual margin of victory in terms of strokes or on low scores by round. The best thing about an event such as the Masters and the betting public’s infatuation with prop bets in general, is that the most innovative online sportbooks are always pushing the envelope to expand their betting options with each passing year.

The Masters is the type of sporting event where it pays to shop around for futures and prop bet odds in search of the best value. Everyone knows that golfers such as Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are going to open as two of the top favorites to win this event, but it might pay to shop their odds across a list of online books when it comes to things such as a Top 5 or Top 10 finish. You will be surprised at the difference in some of the numbers that are out there.

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