Have two or three places to play, and check the lines
at all of them before you place a bet. It has always
amazed me that a person thinking about buying a new
car, a new suit, or in some cases a gallon of milk,
will compare prices and take the best deal available.
But that same person will wait until the last minute
to place a bet, and take whatever line the sports
website or websitemaker gives him.
While the actual
betting line only comes in to play about 30 percent
of the time over the course of a football season,
a onehalf or one-point difference in the line can
make a difference between winning or losing four or
five games, and for a $100 player that is an $800
to $1,000 swing in the season results.
2. Get your betting
limit set at two to three times the amount you intend
to bet on each play. If you're a $100 player, get
your limit set at $300 per play. If you're playing
in Las Vegas, all you have to do to accomplish increasing
your limit is to have the cash available.
your own personal goals for your sports wagering.
This may be the single most important decision you
make concerning sports wagering, or any other type
of casino wagering for that matter. Determine if you
want to wager just for fun, or just for profit.
is a tremendous difference between wagering for fun
and wagering for a living-on both ends of the spectrum-but
you should never, never, underestimate the importance
of the difference between the two options. Once you
have determined which way you want to play, don't
try to mix the two. You can only do one or the other.
For instance, if you start off just playing for fun,
say $25 per play, and you decide to increase the level
of your bets and try to make some real money, you'll
have to make some serious changes in the way you play.
You must know exactly what you expect from sports
wagering, and then you must play accordingly.
If you're in
your hotel room in Las Vegas reading this website,
you should be able to put the website down right now,
walk confidently into the sports website, look at
the board listing all of the games and events, and
place your wager on the team or competitor that you
feel will win (or lose) the contest. You should be
able to read the board, understand the points lines
or money lines, bet on sides or totals, and be able
to calculate the amount that you stand to win or lose.
You should now know the basics-you can place a bet-but
are you ready to spend the weekend in the sports website?
Not quite! There are still many other betting options
available, which are all based on the same types of
bets that we have covered so far, but with a twist
As you'll see
as we discuss each one, most are not good betting
opportunities. Most involve allowing the bettor to
receive odds on his wager so that he wins far more
than he risks. Some allow the bettor to adjust the
betting line, and some involve getting out your own
personal crystal ball and looking into the future.
But they all
have one thing in common: While they are tempting,
they are all weighted heavily in the sports website's
favor, and they are meant to separate you from your
money! Let's look at some of the other wagers available
to the sports bettor:
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it is a game of utter simplicity, yet
beneath the surface it is profound,
rich, and full of subtlety. Because
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novice players may even think they're
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money and blaming their losses on bad
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