9 Proven Ways to Win at Sports Betting from Documented Handicappers

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If you are looking to try your luck at sports betting then know that you do have greater odds of winning in this game than you would in roulette or craps. While those are games of chance, sports betting is a game of predicting a foreseeable outcome. Here are some tips on how to win big at the big game.

9. Place Bets at the Right Sports Book
Statistics suggest that placing bets with the correct sports book will make a big difference, and increase the odds of winning by 3%.  We encourage all members to set up accounts with at least 3 different sports books to shop the best lines.  You never want to put all your eggs in one basket and it helps to diversify your sports bets.

8. Bet Against the Public
There are some that claim that fading the public can be profitable.  This has led many bettors to bet on the other team that the majority of the public favors for any sporting event.  This model pays more dividends in sports such as football and MLB. However, it bleeds into all sports and is very common to see the public favor the Yankees no matter who they play and you’ll have people favor Duke and the Patriots.  This is due to the misguided public perception that these elite teams win each and every year.  The fact is that teams such as the above have loyal fan bases all over the world and have rightfully earned their winning reputation.  But the top online sports handicappers always take the public favoritism into account because they know the sportsbooks are well aware that certain bettors will take their favorite teams no matter the odds.

7. Do Your Homework Before the Game
The best way to win in sports betting is to research all aspects of a game, especially circumstances and data that others would not consider.  Not even bookies will have time to research every sport and every game.  Therefore, if you can create a niche for yourself, you could become an expert on a smaller conferences and find yourself winning big money.  Don’t shy away from mid major schools and conferences because they always offer a great opportunity to cash in on soft lines.

6. Backing the Underdog at Home
Statistically speaking, it’s can be a good idea to bet on an underdog at home.  Most teams always play up to the competition at home and get a little extra motivation from the home crowd.  Using this strategy you may beat the odds too but don’t do this blindly and simply wager on every home dog.  Do research and make a compelling argument as to why a particular home dog deserves your hard earned money.

5.  Bet at Just the Right Time
Bettors who bet on underdogs usually bet early.  Therefore, if you are betting on an underdog try and bet late. If you are betting on the favorite then bet early.  Going against the grain in sports gambling can pay off depending on the sport.

4.  Make Arbitrage Bets
You can make money on sure bets regardless of the outcome of a game with arbitrage bets.  The advantage of these bets is that it doesn’t matter what the outcome of a game is, since the only bet you made was on a specific happening.  This type of bet is also known as prop bets and they are very common during the Super Bowl.

3.  Square or Sucker Lines
Many betters try to stay away from square lines (that is, lines that are designed to lure public opinion into betting a certain way) and in the end, can even make money off these phony wagers if they can closely monitor the betting percentages.  If you’re not familiar with the term “square” it means the general betting public.  The opposite of a square is a “sharp” and these are the professional sports bettors that bet for a living and make money off fading the public.  One way to tell whether sharps favor a total or spread is that when the majority of public money is backing a certain line, for example, a total of Over 48.  A typical response from a sportsbook is to adjust the line to Over 48.5 since the public is pounding the Over but if there is reverse line movement to Over 47.5 than this may indicate that sharps like the Under 48.

2.  Never Gamble While Drinking
This may be common knowledge to some, a great shock to others. However, if you are just gambling to have fun then have at it and get your money’s worth in the casino.  But if you are gambling to make money then stay away and don’t cloud your judgement or force yourself to make stupid decisions.  We have all made impulse bets to chase a loss or double down on a win.  Stick to the script.  Remember, casinos offer you free drinks for a reason and it’s not because alcohol makes you spend less.

1.  Manage Management
Another lesson in common sense that is often ignored when it comes time to put down a wager: never bet more than you can afford to lose.  In fact, it is recommended that you set aside a portion of your money for betting and to stick with it, regardless of your winnings or losses.  If you’re friend is a high roller and can afford to bet 5x your bankroll each game, let him.  Your job is to get to that level and you’ll never get there by betting more than you can afford to lose.  Lastly, try to spread your total among a few smaller bets rather than risk it all on one sure thing that may not be as predictable as everyone thinks.  It may not be wise to blow your wad on a game that 70% of the public favors.  Most bettors realize quickly that they don’t have the time or patience to handicap each game they bet on.  Most businessmen don’t do their own taxes, they hire accountants.  Your time and bankroll is valuable so leave your ego at home and hire a professional sports handicapper to help you make more informed decisions.

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Article written by RC Blevins

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