What is Greyhound Racing?

Greyhound racing, or dog racing, is the practice of racing greyhounds around a track in pursuit of a mechanical hare. The fastest greyhound to finish the circuit is considered the winner.

It has had a long history that can be traced back to England in the 19th century. Like horse racing, it is one of the more popular sports to bet on in the UK. It’s also known as the English greyhound derby, a greyhound race, or the dog races.

Every year, bookmakers accept dog race bets numbering in the hundreds of thousands. These include bets that were made via betting shops and those made through online sports betting sites.


How to Place a Greyhound Bet?

There are a number of ways that you can place a greyhound racing bet. But if you want to do it officially and legally, you will have to go through a bookmaker or a sportsbook. This sportsbook can operate onsite, operate online, or they can accept greyhound bets either way.

Popular online sites for greyhound racing betting include sites like Betway, 22Bet, Casumo, and more. Places like William Hill, Bet365, and Paddy Power are extremely popular too.

In order to place bets on the greyhound races, you will have to first create an account on the betting site or betting shop of your choice. Once that is done, you can place your bets, watch the dog races, and see if your bet wins or not.

Most sports betting sites also offer mobile betting on their own mobile apps.

The Best Greyhound Betting Sites

Almost any sports betting site is great for betting on greyhound racing. But if you want a sportsbook that has an added focus on greyhound racing, including virtual greyhound racing, you can check out places like Unibet and MatchBook.

You can bet on their website or their mobile apps. You can also Google for the best greyhound betting site in your area.

If you are looking for better odds or if you don’t want to bet against online bookies, consider betting via online betting exchanges. Check out sites like Betfair, Matchbook, and Smarkets.

The difference between betting exchanges and traditional sports betting sites is that with betting exchanges, you don’t have to bet against online bookies.


Bet Types for Greyhound Racing

Like horse racing, dog racing is known for the wide variety of bet types available to its punters. Sure, you can still bet the straight single bet on which dog you think will win. You can also do place bets or either way bets.

But, you should also at least try out other bet types like the straight forecast or the reverse forecast. You can also do multiple and accumulator bets, and bet on two dogs, three dogs, or six dogs all at once. Or you can also place an accumulator bet on three races.

Other bet types you can try out include the full cover bets.

Betting FAQ

  • Can you use free bets to place greyhound racing bets?

    Yes. Free bets paid to your account are considered viable bets and you can use this to make your first bet. Bet credits stake made with free bets is accepted by the betting sites that granted them. In short, your free bet is just as good as a real money bet. You get free bets from sports betting sites usually as a part of a promotion. Many sites offer new customers a welcome bonus. Bet promotions are also common for regular places. This can include deposit bonuses or a bet 10 get free bets promo offer. The offers vary from one site to another. The main difference between a real money bet and a free bet is that with free bets, any winnings you have may be subject to a certain amount of wagering. Free bets may also be subjected to min odds.

  • Is greyhound racing betting legal in the UK?

    Yes. Greyhound racing is a form of gambling and since gambling is legal in the UK, so is greyhound racing. In the United Kingdom, gambling is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. All officially registered gambling sites are required to operate under the regulations of the UGC. This helps to protect the punters and helps to protect the gambling sites as well.

  • Finding the best greyhound racing odds?

    You can find greyhound racing odds on the betting sites themselves. Shop around other betting sites to find which ones offer the best odds. You can also check out blogs and vlogs for the current listings for the ads of any upcoming races. Don't limit your search to sports betting sites, check out betting exchange sites too. They usually have better odds.

  • How to withdraw earnings from greyhound racing?

    When you sign up for a betting site or a betting shop, you will be asked for your bank details. There are usually two reasons for this. The first one is so that the sportsbook knows where to withdraw your money from. The second one is for them to know where to deposit your winnings. As long as your bank account for withdrawals has been verified by the sportsbook, withdrawing is as easy as going into your account and selecting to withdraw the money that's on there.

  • Can you use a bet exchange for greyhound race betting?

    Yes. Betting exchanges are a valid option for betting on dog races. It is a popular option among punters because it usually has better odds than traditional betting sites. The reason for this is that with betting exchanges, you are betting against other sports punters and not against the bookmaker. There are many top betting exchanges in the UK including BetFair and Ladbrokes.