If you live on the beautiful Mediterranean islands of Malta or Gozo, or are lucky enough to visit on holiday, you will know that the kind climate means there are few excuses for staying cooped up indoors. For this reason, instead of using an internet sports betting service, it can make sense to amble down to your local betting outlet, be it on the high street or a shopping centre. But that doesn’t mean you need to go unprepared – U*Bet (found at https://ubet.com.mt/) is the unfailingly useful website put together by Maltco, the national lottery operator in Malta. While you can’t place bets on the site, it provides everything you need for a vital bit of homework before the action begins.
Simple But Effective
U*Bet has few bells and whistles, but it does provide everything you need to swot up ahead of a visit to a Maltco outlet. The pride of place on the home page’s top panel is a Live Events tab, where punters can eye the fixtures which are coming up in the next few hours, weigh up the prices, and keep track of those which have already started. Naturally, on this football-mad island, there is a large emphasis on the ‘beautiful game’. In terms of the odds themselves, the fixed odds which Maltco offers can be seen as an advantage to those who prefer settled prices, rather than those from bookies who are constantly changing theirs.
Straight To The Point
Ever fished around on well-known sports web pages for the results you want, but had trouble finding what it seems should be easily accessible results? U*Bet comes to the rescue with its no-frills Results page, allowing you to track scores from the past few days in a whole host of leagues from around the world. There are no flashy graphics here; just the results you want, when you need them.
See Where Things Stand
Moving along the tabs on the U*Bet homepage panel, you also have a Standings section in a similar vein to the Results page. The simple, categorised drop-down menus allow you to scour league tables from around the world – crucial when it comes to finding out who is ‘hot’, and who is not, ahead of making your picks.
Avoid The Saturday Rush
If you are a regular visitor to your local bookmakers, you might be familiar with the scenes which can characterise a Saturday afternoon prior to kick off. It is full of punters frantically marking down their picks on the pages or ‘programmes’ which list the football fixtures for the afternoon. With pens in short supply, sports betting fans are jostling for position as they look for a flat surface on which to fill out their ‘accas’. It can all be a bit of melee, and certainly not the kind of environment conducive to the clarity of thought necessary for making winning bets. That’s where the U*Bet website’s Downloads section comes in, giving you the printed sheets of fixtures in digital form. This means you can fill out your sheet in the comfort of your own home and can enter the bookies in a relaxed state, safe in the knowledge that your pics have already been made. There are four programmes to download in all, and they are the replicas of those which you would typically pick up in store.
In addition to four different programmes for weekend football, encompassing many different divisions from around the world, U*Bet also offers downloads of the other sheets it would usually hand out in its outlets – one for half time/full time prediction, another for correct score, and a useful sheet with the standings from various football tables, which can be a handy print out if you are planning on placing a bet in person.
The Inimitable In-Store Atmosphere
For all the convenience of web-based sports betting, placing your bets in-store offers a social element which is hard to find at home. Take the Maltco outlet in the Arkadia shopping centre, on Malta’s neighbouring island of Gozo – it offers punters the chance to place their bets, maybe grab a coffee from the McDonalds next door, and join their friends in the outlet to watch the live action unfold, before hopefully collect your winnings!
U*Bet is not a website which offers live betting, but it does the basics of providing key information very well, making it a betting shop punter’s best friend.