Great athletes know that the key to getting better over time is developing a set of habits that help build success. It’s no secret that sportsbooks make a lot of money over the course of a year and that revenue is only increasing as gambling becomes more accessible.
With that said, there are also a group of bettors who do come out ahead. These gamblers are able to put themselves in a position to win because they utilize all the sports betting tools available to them and make each bet in an educated, informed way. Most sports bettors are simply fans who are looking to make games more entertaining.
This strategy, or lack thereof, might be successful for a week or month at a time, but it’s unsustainable if you’re really trying to grow your bankroll.
Each game you bet on should be looked at on an individual basis, and there are a few steps you should take before making any play. Throughout your sports betting career, keep in mind that adding just 2% to 3% more wins could be the difference between becoming profitable and slowly draining your accounts.
In this article, I’ll lay out five habits you should get into if you’re serious about making money betting on sports.
I know, this seems so basic that it doesn’t feel like it’s worth including. Think about it a little deeper though, and you might find it to be the most important aspect to your gambling strategy.
On any given day, you can bet in KE on an endless amount of sporting events. You obviously aren’t betting on hundreds of games a day, so what compels you to wager on some but not others?
Most bettors will put money down on the major sports, but oftentimes, there’s not much that goes into deciding which games to play and which games to pass up. For instance, each Saturday during college football season, there are over 40 games you can put money on. But, realistically, you won’t bet on every game available.
If you’re like most people, you’ll select a handful of games to place your bets. Also, if you’re like most people, a couple of them will be quick decisions that are made without much thought. In short, you bet on certain games just to roll the dice.
For instance, you might be plugged into a specific small college football conference and feel like you’ve developed a good feel for a team.
Or perhaps you happened to watch a team the previous few weeks and know that they’re going into the current week’s game on a hot streak. So, you’re looking to ride the wave.
Whatever your reasoning is for selecting one game over another, just ask yourself why you’re choosing it. If you can’t come up with a good enough reason, it might be best to pass up that game and look for something else.
Simply put, line shopping is one of the easiest ways to give yourself the best chance to win.
Each sportsbook has a different formula for determining their money lines and spreads, and although they will usually be pretty similar to one another, they’re almost never the exact same.
If one sportsbook has a spread on a game of -4.5, it’s likely that you can find another that has the same game with a -4 or -5 number. You might not think these slight differences are going to have much impact on your overall success, but over time, it can definitely help you win a game here and there, and those add up.
If you’re taking a long-term approach to sports gambling (and you should), you’ll recognize that it’s absolutely crucial to get every little advantage you can.
Just by taking a few minutes to look around at the odds, you can improve the likelihood of winning your bet.
You don’t have to search dozens of sportsbooks, just find a handful that you feel comfortable with and look through them before making a play.
Think of it this way—if the same item was available at the store for two different prices, you’d always choose to buy the less expensive one. Think of line shopping in the same way and reap the benefits.