It all begins with the fundamentals, both in the playing of sports and sports betting. The fundamental articles in this section are designed to provide a solid foundation for anyone who wants to become a serious sports bettor. First, we must determine what “serious” means when we talk about sports betting.
The serious sports bettor is someone who engages in the activity on a daily basis, does plenty of preparation prior to placing their bets, and is in the betting game for the long run. They are not looking to make one big score and then quit. They are interested in learning every skillset needed to consistently make money by betting the money line, the spread, and the over/under. It’s that simple – and also that complex.
Sports Betting Strategy Articles
- Introduction to the Moneyline
- How Sports Betting Vig Works
- “If Bets” Betting Strategy
- Over-Under Betting Strategy
- Parlay Betting Strategy
- Pleaser and Teaser Betting Strategy
- Point Spread Betting Strategy
- Progressive Pleaser and Teaser Strategy
- Round Robin Betting Strategy
- Sports Betting and Record Keeping
Smart Betting Choices
The basic sports betting articles in this section endorse smart sports wagering practices and choices. Along with outlining the way in which each type of bet works, you’ll find plenty of discussion about which are the best to place. Professional bettors, however, tend to make only three types of bets.
The types of wagers that the pro like are money line (in MLB run line and NHL puck line), point spread, and over/under. Some bettors may play a two-game parlay, but parlays are notoriously hard to hit and tend to drain the bankroll.
The Business of Sports Betting
If you really want to make money through sports betting, then you’ll have to treat sports wagering as a business. That means keeping strict records regarding bets made, money won and lost, and your expenses.
As in any business, you’ll need to practice sound money management principles, parsing out bets in the proper manner and logically projecting your potential profit over the course of a year.
Although all of this may sound tedious, good management practices and sound record keeping will go a long way toward enabling you to realize a profit and to understand exactly how much you have really made during the year.
In the end, the cash that you choose to wager is yours to do with as you please. The articles in this section don’t give only one approach to sports betting or establish strict rules about how to do so. The only rules in sports betting are those governing the games and the wagers; otherwise, the world of sports betting is an open playing field. You may decide to take some of the advice and information in these articles while negating some of the suggestions and theories. Whatever you decide, it is a good idea to read the information contained on these pages, digest and consider it, and then make your decisions regarding what you use.
Once You’ve Got the Fundamentals
After you have the fundamentals under your belt, go on to read the other sections, as the articles in “Thinking like a Pro” and “Sports Specific Betting” will expand your scope of knowledge greatly. The more you know about sports betting, the more informed your choices will be, and making choices based on sound information will simply make you a smarter sports bettor.
It is always a good idea to go back to the basics every once in a while to review. A refresher course on the fundamentals can shed new light onto what you are doing. Good luck in making your picks.