Why do we bet? Optimistically, the number one factor is to get more fun and passion out of the sport. There’s something about making the right bet, watching your team play out a miracle or hit the game-winner, and cheering. It’s a feeling that’s hard to define. It’s hard to put it in writing. If you have not seen it, it doesn’t make you feel like it. Nothing like this brings out the little kid inside us. But even without it? The raw passion in a game that would not be there without a bet is all that could be offered. Betting can bring raw, pure emotion into our lives in a way that is not possible for many other things in our lives.
So, here are a few tips to help take your sports betting game from beginner to all-star in an ever-evolving world of sports betting.
Bet What You Know
While avoiding the teams, you’re rooting for. It’s always a good idea to stick to the games and sports you recognize. If you don’t know anything about tennis, it’s probably a smart idea to stay away from betting on the French Open. Perhaps you’re a big Duke basketball fan, though, and you just witnessed the Blue Devils get stunned by Stetson in a non-conference game. Watch out for the lines for Stetson in their upcoming match before anyone else catches on. Use the sports you know and love watching to get information without having to do any extra work.
Understand the terminology of sports betting
If I was to ask you what hedging was, what vig is, what expected value is, and so on, and you couldn’t answer all of them, that’s an issue. You have to grasp the terminology to excel at something completely. Think of it this way. You’re planning to play golf with a new guy you’ve just met at work. You arrive at the first hole, get set to tee it up, and your new buddy asks you the driver’s club and which club is the putter. You’d better arranged a lot of ice-cold drinks because it’s going to be a long afternoon. Although this might be a bit exaggerated, you get the idea. To know all your choices in the world of sports betting, you need to understand the language and the terminology.
Don’t Get Too High
It’s simple to hit a winning streak and feel like you are standing at the top of the world. Bear in mind that even the best sports betting in the world usually just win an average of 53, 54, or 55percent of the time. A hot streak is fantastic, so ride it as far as you can. But a hot streak can never be a free pass to gamble foolishly, either, because it’s always come to an end.
Don’t Get Too Low, Either
Just like you’re going to go through hot streaks, you’re going to go through cold spells, too. This is even more of a time not to wager without first using your head. It’s convenient to get cold and try to throw big money at a game to cover for your losses. Please don’t do it. Attempting to double up or triple up, and so on after losing barely works and usually ends up losing more money. Cling to your firearms. The cold spell is not going to last long.
Bet At the Right Time
Anyone who has been betting long enough has fell prey to this. There’s nothing more frustrating when it comes to wagering than doing so, just to know that staying up an hour or a day would have made you a lot better odds or a lot more money. Paying attention to public betting patterns and merely using common sense will help you avoid betting at an untimely time. This not only applies to wagering before games start but also after games have already started. Moreover, in sports such as football, with most of its games being played on weekends, sharp bettors prefer to bet earlier in the week, while not so sharp bettors bet later, nearer to the weekend. Recognizing patterns such as this and making the necessary plays based on this information will help you make the most appropriate bets at the most appropriate times.
Ignore Personal Biases
A basic rule in the world of sports betting is not to stake on “your” teams. Yeah, it’s nice to have a little extra information about the teams we’re rooting for, but it isn’t easy to see that knowledge from an impartial viewpoint. Just think of when you ask somebody how they’re doing with their squad. Especially in the age of super teams and tanking, you usually either get a form of response, “my team is the best” or “my team is the worst.” Neither is a pleasant, emotion-free answer for betting.
Research, research, and research. When it comes to sports betting, you can never have too much detail. All the following can be excellent ways of researching:
- Research various betting systems.
- Use free websites to search patterns in public betting.
- Read the BettingPros articles and strategy guides, and other trusted sources.
- Research the expected value and use it to find quality bets.
And don’t stop right here. And if you make a bet, the research does not end until the result is officially determined. Hedging (the act of wagering on a different result than the original bet to establish a scenario where there is a decent profit) must always be on the agenda, and research must never stop.
Sports betting is intended to be fun, so make it that way. Don’t bet if you’re not having fun. Understanding the betting world’s vocabulary, doing research, and anything else that comes with becoming a sharp bettor should not be a challenge. It ought to be enjoyable. Besides, if you don’t like what you’re doing, the chances are, you’re not going to do it very well. Enjoy a sports bet and have fun!