# The "ladder" strategy in sports betting: how to bet in football, pros and cons

Ladder, hog raising and tank attack are variations of one betting strategy. We analyze what a ladder is in football and other sports.

The ladder in sports betting allows you to climb from a small bank to the very top. Some people call the ladder hoar raising. But practical examples show that ladders are not a win-win strategy. Let's figure it out together how to place bets on the ladder at the bookmaker.

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## What is a ladder in sports betting

A ladder is a strategy for distributing a game bank, in which the size of each next bet, if it passes, includes the amount of the previous bet, together with the received winnings. The starting sum of the ladder is small - 1-5% of your bank. But if your bank is only a few hundred rubles, bet 50-100%.

## What ladder bets look like on football

Consider an example of a ladder bet on a football match.

Let's say 1% of your bank is 100 rubles. You bet the original pot on Barcelona to win at odds of 1.10. The bet wins. Now you have 110 rubles. You are looking for a new event with a coefficient of 1.10. Bet all 110 rubles. The bet wins again, and you already have 121 rubles. This is where you decide to stop.

This is an example of a two-rung ladder bet. In the first step, you increased the bank from 100 to 110 rubles. In the second step, you turned 110 into 121 rubles. The total prize was 21 rubles. After each win in the ladder, you put all-in all the money you won.

The number of steps, or steps, can be much larger.

Here's an example of a ten-step ladder.

Event no. Bet amount Coefficient Winnings
one 100 1.1 110
2 110 1,3 143
3 143 1.1 157
four 157 1,2 188
five 188 1.4 263
6 263 1,2 315
7 315 1,2 378
eight 378 1,3 491
nine 491 1,2 589
10 589 1.1 648

Step by step, we increased the size of the bank from 100 rubles to 648 rubles. And this is not the limit. There are ladders at twenty or one hundred steps. The basic principle is that the size of the bet is always the maximum and is the entire amount of money that you have won at the moment from the initial amount.

In ladder bets, players take events with a small coefficient, the probability of which is high. On average, these are odds of 1.10-1.50. This is not a rule. You can see the ladders, where the size of the coefficient is in the range of 1.50-2.00. But, as a rule, these ladders have few steps, and they end badly for the bettor.

Starting to play according to the ladder strategy, the player needs to determine the upper step of the ladder - the amount to which you need to reach. The more realistic the amount, the more likely you will reach your goal. Until the goal is achieved, you must continue to place bets.

## When to bet with a ladder

Most often, this strategy is used by players who do not have a solid bank on the deposit. To collect such a bank, they begin to set up a ladder.

Another option - the player has a solid pot for betting, but wants to collect the maximum winnings from a small amount. By placing a ladder, he risks only the initial amount, and in the future he can get much more than the amount of the first bet. At the same time, it is dangerous to bet a large pot - even bets with low odds lose.

## What to bet on the ladder at the bookmaker

When it became clear what the ladder strategy is, the question arises: what should you bet on so that your ladder is not interrupted?

Let's use the advice of experienced players and seasoned forest managers:

1. Bets on both will score in hockey . It's hard to imagine goalless matches in hockey - the pucks fly there with a bang. And they fly into the gates of one team, and into the gates of another. Experienced players are advised to bet on OZ in the NHL, AHL, VHL, Swedish, Austrian, Swiss, Italian leagues. The average coefficient for health care in hockey is 1.10-1.15.
2. Betting with a plus handicap on favorites. In the matches between the leaders and the middle peasants, you can "catch" a good odds for the positive handicap of the teams that the bookmakers put up as favorites. If you agree with the opinion of the bookmaker, choose the appropriate bet option. The coefficient for this is usually in the range of 1.11-1.20.
3. Betting on totals in niche tournaments . It's hard to imagine African Cup matches in mid-June, where teams score more than two goals in plus 40 matches. Or the matches of the Belgian, Dutch league, where they would have scored fewer goals per match. In such tournaments, it is easy for a ladder fan to find suitable events. For example, TM 3.5 for the first case and TB 1 for the second. These are safety options for totals in low-goal and multi-goal tournaments. Depending on the tournament, the odds for such events can be 1.20-1.50.
4. Live betting according to statistics . Watching live matches, tracking game statistics in real time helps players see reliable betting events. Teams are attacking a lot, but there are no goals yet: you can take the total total of one goal scored. The bookmaker is waiting for at least three goals, but the odds for TB 1 are ideal for a ladder. The game is coming to an end, the teams will not get to the goalkeeper's line in any way - we take TM for corners.

## Ladder betting strategy options

Experienced players have come up with their own options for the ladder:

1. Place a ladder until a certain amount is reached, most often equal to the initial rate. Then withdraw profit and set up a new ladder. For example, you start betting at \$ 100. Having earned one hundred rubles from above, you withdraw the cherished one hundred, and for the remaining one hundred you continue to put a ladder from the first step.
2. A strategy for growing wild boars or a tank attack. This approach divides the game bank into several hogs or tanks: the player places each mini-bank with separate ladders, growing hogs. The stakes on the ladder strategy in this variation should be different. The point is that it is difficult to lose several bets with a low odds at the same time. The disadvantages are distributed over different ladders, and the probability of "growing a hog" (one of the ladders) to the required amount increases.

But splitting the pot reduces the size of the initial bet in each ladder. At the same time, the number of events that need to be selected for bets in each ladder increases. Significant profit is possible only if several hogs or tanks survive to the intended goal, whereas in the original version of the strategy, all forces were concentrated on one ladder.

## Is a ladder a win-win strategy or not?

A ladder strategy is considered by many to be an excellent way to overclock the smallest bank. Experienced ladder strategy players consider a competent selection of sporting events to be the main condition for success. But in the line of bookmakers there are no concrete events either for the odds of 2.00 or for the odds of 1.00. Moreover, it is unprofitable to bet on the most anticipated events due to the underestimation of their coefficients. Any sports fan can easily name a dozen or two examples when the notorious coefficient of 1.01 did not come in.

Therefore, the ladder in betting on football and any other sport is an exclusively game strategy that cannot be called a win-win. If you are betting on a ladder or raising hogs, take it as entertainment, not a professional game.