If you fancy a bit of a gamble it is no longer necessary to jump into a car and drive down to the bookies; all you need to do nowadays is go online and with a few clicks of your mouse you could place your bets with such well-known companies as Coral, Ladbrokes or Bet365 from the comfort of your own armchair. Football betting is no longer limited to the final result of a match, be it a home win, away win or draw, and you can now bet on who scores the first goal, what the final score is, and the halftime result. You can even bet on which football manager is the next to get the sack! Some online bookies actually allow you to lay certain bets whilst the match is on, and a whole new industry of tips and guidance sites have grown up to help the punters try to beat the bookies. Competition amongst bookmakers for your custom is intense, and many of them will offer you free bets when you first join them and open an online account. Do you miss the social side of betting, the chats with the other punters, exchanging tips and rumours, moaning about the latest dead cert favourite that fell at the first fence? No problem, there is a whole host of chat rooms, forums, and social network websites where you can keep in touch with the latest gossip with like minded sportsmen.