Football Bets Explained – Bookings/Cards

Betting on Bookings and Cards Explained

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Football Bets Bookings

In the sameway that betting on Corners makes good sense, betting on Cards/Bookings Points can be a reliable money maker – because success often relies on the ‘character’ of a team, which often remains constant whether they win or lose.

Aggressive teams pick up lots of Bookings, regardless of form. This gives Booking Points/ Cards bets a degree of ‘shock-proof’ reliability – and that should music to every bettor’s ears.


Note: Most bookmakers use the same ‘points’ system for Bookings:

  • Yellow Card = 10 points
  • Red Card = 25 points
  • 2 Yellows resulting in an automatic Red = 35 points

Alternatively, Bet365 bet on ‘Cards’ – using the following distinction…

  • Yellow Card = 1 card
  • Red Card = 2 cards


Total Booking Points

Under 35 5/6
Over 35 5/6
(Exactly 35 6/1)
Bet Guide

This is a bet on the total number of Bookings Points accumulated by both teams. The marker will generally vary between 30 and 50. This is a straightforward bet on the total being Under or Over that marker.

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Under 21 11/5
21 – 45 2/1
Over 46 11/10
Bet Guide

Some bookies prefer to provide three ‘bands’ – restricting the options, but offering better odds.

There are five ways that you can win with this middle banding (21-45), if the total value of cards comes to any of the following: 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45.

And there are six card combinations that could produce those five totals…

  • 1 Red = 25
  • 3 Yellows = 30
  • 1 Yellow/Yellow Red = 35
  • 1 Red and 1 Yellow – 35
  • 4 Yellows = 40
  • 2 Yellows and 1 Red = 45

Alternatively, some bookmakers will offer markets on Cards…


Number of Cards in a Match

Under 3.5 5/6
Over 3.5 5/6
Bet Guide

Some bookmakers bet on purely the number of Cards – including both Yellow and Red. The marker will usually be set around 3.5 – 5.5 Cards and you can bet Under or Over that marker. (Of course, there is no such thing as 0.5 of a card, this simply means all bets have to go Under or Over.


First Card

Team A 21/20
Team B 4/5
No Cards 12/1
Bet Guide

Like Corners and Goals, you can bet on which team will get the First Card (Yellow or Red).


Booking Match Bet – who will get the most Cards

Team A 5/6
Team B 8/11
(Tie 4/1)
Bet Guide

You’re betting on which team will get the most Cards/Bookings Points.