How To Win At Sports Betting: 12 Tips For Betting Safely Online

March 16, 2017 5 min to read

It is human nature to enjoy gambling, it gives us an enjoyable rush in our bodies that makes it addicting both on a physical and psychological basis.

Unfortunately, majority of gamblers lose their money hence the saying ‘the house always wins’.

In this article, I will be showing you what the profit-makers know and learn; how to win at sports betting, how to place bets sensibly and how to enjoy the profits that come with it.

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How To Win At Sports Betting

How To Win At Sports Betting: 12 Tips For Betting Safely Online

Bet On Sports You Follow

There is no substitute for passion as you will naturally be more willing to put in more time into research.

The sports you follow are the sports you are most likely capable of making sensible decisions as would be reading about it on a day to day basis.

As tempting as expanding your potential markets is and increasing your potential winnings, this is where you will lose money.

Do Not Stick To One Bookie

Different bookmakers have different advantages and disadvantages as they target different audiences.

Read this article for Winner Bookmakers. 

For example, BetFair it tends to have the highest odds while Bet365 focuses on in-play betting more than anyone therefore having more markets per game. Become knowledgeable in advantages of using each bookmaker and take advantage.

The Less Bets Per Slip, The Better

Focusing on what you are certain on is a must. Do not fall for adding more bets onto your slip for better odds as it often results in failure due to lack of research on the outcome.

Although more variables increase winnings, they also increase the risk that you end up with nothing.

Make Predication Then Check Odds, Not The Other Way Round

Too many people place bets based on how attractive the odds are rather than how likely they believe the outcome is.

First make your prediction based on your own gut feeling and then log on to the bookmakers’ website to check the odds.

Like this, your predictions remain unbiased and increase your chances of winning.

Do Not Let Your Emotions Decide The Bet

I support Arsenal and will do so till my final day. That’s why I will never bet on them as whether it me being overly optimistic or pessimistic, it is an influenced perspective.

Emotions do not mix well with logical thinking in the world of sports betting so make sure you are betting from a true and fair perspective.

Follow Popular Betting Pages And Blogs

Several individuals who have mastered the skill of sports betting often blog about their success. These pages are an opportunity to expose yourselves to people whom you wish to emulate their success and learn off them.

Follow their advice and see which pages work best for you.

You can see more betting tips here.

Do Your Homework On The Market You Are Betting On

As simple as it sounds, it is common to lose your bet based on misunderstanding the terms of the market you are betting on.

I have personal experience in this principle. Last summer I bet on Eder to be first goal scorer in the Euro final.

It happened, but in extra time and my bet was within 90 minutes. This thought me to always read the terms of my bet before placing.

Ignore Promotional Offers

A promotion in any business will always be of benefit to the business providing it in one way or another.

In sports betting, the bet they are offering you is most likely not a great as it sounds.

Also, linking to a previous principle, bet based on your gut not odds. The actual outcome is what makes money, no matter how small or large the winnings are.

Follow Less Popular Sports? Great.

Bookmakers are always considering expand their options and start opening betting markets in new sports. Like all new ventures, more mistakes happen at the start compared to the future. This creates the possibility for great value on certain odds whose markets are new.

An example would be MMA. In recent years mixed martial arts has exploded in terms of popularity and obviously, this resulted in more bets being placed.

At UFC193, although Rousey was favorite to beat Holm odds of 7 for Holm to win was still huge value. Holm didn’t only end up winning but won by Knockout within two rounds.

Maintain a Logbook Of Your Betting History (And Analyse)

Keeping a record of betting history gives you the opportunity to analyse where you are making the most profit and losing the most money. Using this information, one will be able to formulate a betting strategy and focus on the areas that are proving to be most profitable.

Know When To Call It A Day

Bad days happen to everyone in every environment. Be it at home, in the workplace or in sports betting.

Once you have had a bad run, call it a day and start again tomorrow. Markets will always be there to be taken advantage of and betting we a stressed mind is never a good move.

Set A Stake Cap

Set a limit to how much money you place per bet.

As exciting an opportunity can be, there is always a risk that it does not turn out the way you want it to. A stake cap will reduce potential loses and leave capital for you to bet with in the future without depositing more money.


12 Tips For Betting Safely Online

Following these principles, you will be on the right track in learning to how to win at sports betting.

If there was an unbeatable formula for all bookmakers we would all use it and happily retire.

Nevertheless, using these guidelines should dramatically improve your returns in sports betting. You will still have bad days but hopefully you will have more good ones.

One last word of advice, keep gambling as a hobby not a form of investment. Although it may look attractive on paper, relying your bills on a gamble is no way to live.

Read more about 5 Common Sports Betting Mistakes To Avoid.

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Adam is long time Manchester United fan but admits that he has a few international favourite teams which he looks forward to watching and betting on for international events like the World Cup


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