Sports betting can be an intimidating proposition at first glance. A seemingly limitless number of factors can be analyzed, and deciding who to bet and why can feel almost totally random.
While there’s a lot to learn, several basic tips are by far the most important for beginners to grasp. Below are 10 tips that every sports betting beginner should know.
1. Understand the terminology
Part of what makes sports betting daunting to the beginner is some of the unfamiliar terms that get bandied about. Learning these terms is the first step to understanding sports betting and its intricacies.
2. Keep it simple 1
Don’t get caught up in all the different betting types right away. Stick to single game bets while you learn to handicap and recognize good wagers. Once you’ve mastered that, you can move on to other betting types if you desire.
3. Keep it simple 2
Beginning bettors tend to take themselves too seriously when they start out and want to become master handicappers immediately. Don’t try to learn everything at once; sports betting does not need to be that complicated. Take your time and slowly add new techniques and angles of handicapping to your repertoire as you go along.
4. Keep a cool head
One of the worst things bettors can do is chase their money after a loss, particularly a tough loss. Don’t let emotions get in the way of betting smart and lead to a disastrous run. You’re going to lose some bets, and some you’ll lose in heart-breaking fashion. Be ready to accept those losses and get them back when the time is right — not right away.
5. Find what you’re good at betting
We can’t be good at everything, but most of us are good at a few things. The same applies to sports betting. It may be that you’re particularly astute in a specific sport, and not so much on others. It may be that you can predict the over/under of games better than the results, or you’re better at props bets than at game bets. Experiment with different types of bets, learn what you’re good at, and take advantage of it.
6. Home vs. road
There are plenty of different factors you should consider when handicapping. The home/road angle is one of the most important. Some teams play like champs at home, and chumps on the road. For other teams, the reverse is the rule. You can often find bargain odds on bets when you consider this important factor.
7. Back-to-back games
Especially in hockey (basketball to a lesser extent), teams have considerably worse records in game that occur on the second of two nights — even more so if they had to travel the night before. This factor does not often get included in odds. Keep track of which teams are playing on two straight days and consider betting against them.
8. Betting systems
Some quality betting systems out there can teach beginners the important aspects of sports betting and get you off on the right foot. If a system sounds too good to be true, though, it probably is and should be avoided. There’s no magic system that will win every sports bet for you, but many will bring you a nice return over the long haul.
9. Sportbook bonuses
Sportsbooks mainly exist to take your bets, but they can provide you with all sorts of additional bonuses. Consider these bonuses when choosing which sportsbooks to sign up for, because they can have a profound impact on how well you fare.
10. Enjoy it!
Handicapping and watching sports should be a fun experience for every sports fan. Don’t get too caught up in the bottom line; enjoy the ride.
With these tips under your belt, you’re in a much better position to bet on sports and do so wisely with the right resources and sportsbook.