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Making Money Betting on Sports with Increased Knowledge

Becoming a successful sports bettor, or even a professional, requires a substantial amount of knowledge. Since American football is one of the most wagered sporting events around the world, let’s use it as our first example. It’s important to realize this is much more than simply cheering for your favorite team or going with the “sexy” pick.

Studying the Wager

It all begins with understanding the rules of the wager. For instance, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos play Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in week 1 of the 2015 NFL season. Taking an educated guess, by the time the line comes out, it will most likely be somewhere around 7 1/2 points (DENVER -7 1/2 Baltimore). If you are just starting out as a sports bettor, taking Denver and giving the points means, they will need to win by 8 points in order for you to win the bet.

Betting on Sports

There are several ways to bet on a professional football game like:

a. Spreads
b. Teasers
c. Parlays
d. Money Lines
e. Props

If a sports bettor doesn’t understand how each one of these work, there is a good possibility he or she will lose money. I could break down each one of these down for you, but you can read the instructions on any online betting site before you get started.

Knowing more about the Teams

The next step is learning as much as possible about the teams, heading into the first game of the season (or whatever time of year you are betting). In our example, both of these teams have had several changes during the off-season. One if not more of these changes could make the difference in the upcoming wager. For instance, John Fox is no longer the coach of the Denver Broncos.

Anytime a new head coach comes in, there are bound to be changes. Whether it’s to each game’s plan of attack, the offensive and defensive playbooks, hiring in new coaches in other areas of the team, and the list goes on and on. I hate to admit it, but about twenty years ago I wagered on the San Francisco 49ers and lost big. Why? One of the biggest reasons is because their quarterback was hurt and couldn’t play (at the time the quarterback was Steve Young, so maybe even longer than 20 years). [Read more…]

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Why Ignoring the Underdog in Sports Betting is a Terrible Idea

No matter what sport you’re tuning in to watch right now, one thing is clear: there will be a favorite, and there will be an underdog. The natural inclination is to bet on the favorite, because that will lead to money in your pocket, right?

Wrong. There are favorites that lose all the time. Underestimating the underdog can actually cause you to lose a lot of money. We talk to people that wouldn’t even dream of having the underdog in the lineup for betting, and we can’t understand that perspective. You see, it makes complete sense to think about the underdog as more than just a lamb going to the slaughter.

There could be weaknesses with the favorite that no one is looking at. For example, if the favorite has had players with injuries, they might not fully be back to the same standard they were playing at before they got hurt. Getting hurt changes your mental focus a great deal. So it’s possible that the body is healed but the mind needs a little more time. There can be incredible pressure to perform. Even though a team gets paid whether they win or lose, some players worry about getting traded to other teams, or losing their contract altogether. So the stakes have never been higher.

Underdog

One other thing the underdog might have are new players. New players can be hit or miss. If they’re good, then they can raise up morale across the team very quickly. However, if they’re not doing so well, you might have to wait for future evaluation until you know that they’re a solid pick.

Everyone picks their teams differently. Sometimes the favorite really deserves to be the favorite, but often times you could make a lot of money by looking at the underdog a bit more closely. Some people just bet on what’s popular and never think any deeper than that. But if you’re trying to really stand out, then you have to go beyond what other people are doing at every turn.

If you already have a system that’s working for you and making you money, then this guide may not sound like much. But if you’re stressed out that you’re not making as much pocket money as you would like, then these tips may serve you better.

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Tennis, Golf, Football – It’s a Big Betting Season Right Now!

Watching sports is okay, but being able to bet on them is even better. We’re big sports fans who make different wagers depending on what’s happening in the sports world. Tennis? No problem. Golf? Too easy. Football? Always.

Why not join us? There’s a big betting field out there, and there’s always room to make a little more money. You don’t have to feel like you’re racing against every single person.

If you’re going to jump into the game, there are a few things that you might want to do.

Betting Season

First and foremost, you need to find a sportsbook that you can trust. We’ve written on the subject before, but this advice bears repeating. Playing at the wrong sportsbook is frankly going to make you pretty pissed off! We’re tired of seeing people waste money at the wrong ‘book, and it’s time to do your homework. Look at reviews to find a sportsbook that you’ll love coming back to over and over.

Here’s a hint: look at the bonuses too. No, we’re not true bonus hounds by any stretch of the imagination. What we are is simple: punters that love betting as much as watching all of the games. Getting a little incentive to make wagers isn’t a bad thing. If it’s wrong, well…we really don’t want to be right!

So, at this point, you have some options. You can always look at getting the biggest upfront bonus, or you can look at getting something that’s going to keep recurring over time. In our opinion, you want to look at promotions that will continue to accrue even if you aren’t a high roller. That would make the most sense, honestly.

Finally, look at the sports that you’re really interested in. Every sportsbook will do promotions based on something interesting, but if it’s not what you want bet on, what’s the point?

Some sportsbooks will do live feeds of the games, in case you want to watch from your computer. There are also mobile versions of sportsbooks that you can take the betting fun with you. We like those because we can chill at a friend’s house, watch the big games, and then make our wagers throughout the day.

It’s really that straightforward. Why not look into it today? You just never know how much you’re going to win until you play!

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How to Bet at the Sportsbook Like a Boss

Look, here’s something that you need to think about when it comes to online sports betting — you can either do it, or you can’t. There’s nothing wrong with knowing you need a little help, and that’s where we come in. We definitely want to make sure that you get the results that you’re looking for. If you can step back and have a good time placing your bets, it’ll heighten the pleasure that you get from the betting experience in the first place. What could really be better than that?

The first thing that you need to do is think about what type of bet that you want to make. You can get exotic and go with a parley bet, or you can just bet the spread. The spread gives you the most leeway, because you still make money back on your wager even if you’re not quite spot on with the score of the winning team.

How do you really know which team to put your money on? That’s the fun part — you don’t. You’re going to have to look at the way each team has been playing all season before you get better at making picks. This is actually a subject that people debate for a long time. They want to know all of the statistics around each game. It’s easy to feel like you can just bet from the gut, but that doesn’t really get you too terribly far.

Bet at the Sportsbook

Focus more on the experience — once you place your wagers, you can step back and watch the game unfold. There will be a deadline for getting in your wagers before the game progresses too far. If you miss that deadline? You’re just out of luck.

Most sportsbooks have forums where you can reach out to fans around the country, if not around the world. Don’t think that you’re going to be limited in terms of what you can put money on. NFL football is hot right now, but hockey is right around the corner.

Joining a sportsbook for the first time? Don’t forget that you’re going to be eligible for a deposit bonus. Some people look at bonus directories, where sites list the top sportsbooks paying out the best bonuses. But there’s really no need to go “bonus hunting” if you don’t want to. You can always just check out a sportsbook that catches your eye, read some reviews for the best online gambling sites, and check it out for yourself. If it’s not what you want, then that’s fine as well.

Now is the best time to get out there making your bets. But we’re not done – we have plenty of information to help you bet on sports this holiday season!

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Placing Your Bets in Basement Without Fear – Yes, Really!

Trying to bet on the big games in baseball might sound confusing at first, but you’re going to be just fine. It’s all about being able to read the basics. Over time, you’ll be placing bets like a natural.

The biggest thing that you can do in order to prepare would be to have a god idea of the teams playing. Don’t just go off of what the sports announcers talk about on TV. You want to know the teams of your choice inside and out. How strong are they really? What’s their pitcher like? Is there a player dealing with an injury but they’re playing anyway? All of these things affect the odds. In the world of sports betting, the odds are pretty important. The more likely something is to happen, the worse of a bet it really is. You make good money in baseball betting by looking for the quirks, things that might happen if conditions were right. Sure, you’ll win some money on the favorite, but the underdog is always a better bet in terms of winning big odds.

bet on baseball

The online sportsbook world allows you to place your bets with ease. If you don’t know where to play, there are plenty of sportsbook reviews online. We’re leery of recommending a specific sportsbook because everyone will have different tastes when it comes to this subject. Some people want a pure sportsbook, while others want a sportsbook-casino model that really makes sense.

The time to really get things in gear is definitely today. If you want to bet on baseball, you can do it. The nice thing about baseball is the lack of a point spread. You’re not going to have to play the over / under game and worry about how you’re doing. You pick the winner and that’s about that.

Now, you can do totals if you feel that’s going to be more profitable for you, but it’s not necessary.

There’s a lot of fancy bets that you can do, but since you’re new to baseball you want to make sure that you take it slowly. We have plenty of other guides on baseball betting for you, so stay tuned. Good luck!

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Don’t Get Sucked Into Short Term Losses!

If there’s one thing that we could warn newbies about, it would be the lure of short term losses. When you’re beginning to get some bad bets, you might feel that it’s time to get out of the world of sports betting. You might feel like you’re just never going to get any profit. Both of these feelings is generated by the fact that you’re only looking at the short term losses. There are usually long term profits to be made if you would just stick it out.

Confused? Lost? Worried? You need to go back to basics. If you’re looking at baseball, then you need to get into the data of baseball. This is where the smart handicappers go. Only newbies and those with money to burn are going to bet from the gut. You just can’t do it and expect to make solid profits from your wagers. It just doesn’t work.

If you’re going to feel better about long term outcomes, you’re going to need to bet on more games. Day to day swings aren’t going to take away from your profits if you learn how to make those consistent plays.

short term losses

You have to eliminate the emotion out of it. If you’re in a circle of punters, chances are good that they’re going to be telling you where to place your money. They just can’t help themselves. But only you will know where to really put your money. It’s yours — not theirs. They can only tell you what they would do. You have to think about the hardcore numbers over the long term rather than getting too invested in short term nonsense.

Last thing — don’t beat yourself up. Yes, losses will come and go but you know what? Nobody has a losing streak forever. Be ready to act when you start turning things around. Good luck!

Sports betting picks come and go — but consistent systems last a lifetime. Now, we’re not going to say that everyone is clueless. There are a lot of veterans out there that really know what they’re doing. Why not look into it now, while it’s on your mind?

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Why Yes, You Can Get Into the World of Golf Betting

It’s not just about Tiger Woods anymore — golf betting has turned into a pretty serious thing. If you’re a fan of golf and you have a thing for following all of the hot golf news, then you can definitely turn a very nice profit. It’s going to be up to you to figure things out, of course. You want to look at all of the different golf markets that could be profitable for you. We’re all about profit, and it’s possible to get great profit. Just check out this guide first 🙂

Moving on!

The first type of golf bet that might interest you is the European Order of Merit. This is a lengthy bet, as your money can be tied up for up to a year. Choose your bets wisely if you’re going to do this, and make sure that you’re betting with money that you can afford to lose for a little while.

There’s also group betting, which isn’t as long term as those European Order of Merit bets. This is all about betting on which player out of a group will perform the best during a tournament. Let’s say that you have Tiger Woods in a group of other players. If you back Woods and he beats the other four players in the group, then your bet wins — but if any of them beat him, the bet is a loser.

You have the outright betting, which is figuring out what player will win the tournament. It’s not the best bet in the world, but it can be interesting.

You have top 5 finish betting, which is exactly what it says it is.

Golf Betting

There’s the US PGA Money List, which is another long term bet — it can have your money tied up for as long as a year! This is about which golfer will top the US PGA Money List at the end of the golfing season.

You have some spread betting opportunities in golf markets. If you missed our guide on spread betting, go check it out.

Overall, there’s plenty of different ways to make profits in golf betting. These are just a few popular bets, but there are some really interesting ones out there. Check them out today at a good online sportsbook. Might we recommend a few for you? 🙂