What are booking points in football betting

published on 16 January 2022

In football betting, "booking points" is a term used to describe the number of yellow and red cards a player has received during a match.

There are a few different ways to bet on this market. One way is to bet on whether the total number of bookings will be over or under a certain number. Another way is to bet on which team will receive the most bookings. A final way is to bet on which player will be shown the most bookings.

Booking points
Booking points

How many booking points for a yellow card?

One yellow card = 10 points

How many booking points for a red card?

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points. This is not 45 points as you would expect from 2 yellow cards (20 points) and one red card (25 points).

What to Consider When Betting on Booking Points

When betting on booking points, there are a few things to consider:

  •  Who is the referee and what are the stats for this season?
  • Which team will receive the most bookings?
  • Which players will receive the most bookings?
  • Will the total number of bookings have an impact on how you bet on this market?

Referee cards stats

When betting on booking points, it can be helpful to look at referee cards stats. This is the number of cards a referee has shown in a given match. By taking a look at these stats, you can get an idea of which referees are more likely to show cards and which teams are more likely to receive cards.

On Makeyourstats game page you can find stats for the referee of a game. Under stats -> referee you can find stats about average yellow cards shown per game, total yellow cards shown in a season, total red cards shown in a season, and the number of games for the referee in the current season. Stats are split by competition, this is helpful if you are betting on cup games for example.

Referee stats on MakeYourStats app
Referee stats on MakeYourStats app

Player cards stats

Looking at player cards stats can also be helpful when betting on booking points. This is the number of cards a player has received during a match. By taking a look at these stats, you can get an idea of which players are more likely to receive cards.

In Makeyourstats app, on every game page under lineups, you can view total number of yellow cards and total number of red cards received by a player in the domestic season. The same information can be found on every team page, have a look at Real Madrid team page inside the squad tab.

Players stats on MakeYourStats app
Players stats on MakeYourStats app

Team cards stats

Another thing that you need to take into account is how many yellow cards or red cards a team received during the current season.

Yellow cards stats that we offer for every game inside Makeyourstats app:

  • Average yellow cards in the game, split on first half yellow cards and second half yellow cards stats
  • Over / Under yellow cards in the game, both for first half and second half
  • Average yellow cards for a team
  • Average yellow cards against a team
  • Over / Under yellow cards in the game for a team, both for first half and second half
Team cards stats on MakeYourStats app
Team cards stats on MakeYourStats app

All the above pieces of information can help you make more informed decisions when betting on booking points.

Do all bookmakers have booking points?

Several bookmakers offer a market for betting on booking points. Other bookmakers offer card markets based on the number of cards shown in a game.

SkyBet booking points

One yellow card = 10 points

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points

SkyBet booking points rules

LadBrokes booking points

One yellow card = 10 points

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points

Coral booking points

One yellow card = 10 points

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points

Betfair booking points

One yellow card = 10 points

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points

Betfair booking points rules

William Hill booking points

One yellow card = 10 points

One red card = 25 points

2 yellow card => One red card = 35 points

Bet365 booking points

Bet365 is one of the biggest bookmakers that don't offer booking points markets, they offer markets based on numbers of cards instead.

One yellow card = 1 card

One red card = 2 cards

2 yellow card => One red card = 3 cards

Booking points bookmakers rules

  • Only cards shown for players on pitch count towards the total.
  • Only cards shown in regular time are taken into account unless you don't bet on a specific market for extra time.
  • Cards shown to managers don't count towards the total.

Booking points can be a great way to make some extra money while betting on football matches. However, there are a few things you need to consider before placing your bet. In this article, we’ve outlined what booking points are and how they work, as well as the factors you should take into account when betting on them. So, whether you’re new to betting or an experienced punter, read on for all the information you need to make informed decisions when it comes to booking points bets.

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