other pages of this website you've learned everything
from playing the "don't pass" to asking
for "paint" from some of the most knowledgeable
players and gambling authorities in the world, but
no website on gambling would be complete without a
page about wagering on sports.
Every year in
Las Vegas literally thousands and thousands of people
walk right past what I think is the best wagering
opportunity in the casino. Perhaps they don't keep
up with sports-they're not sports fans. They may not
know the difference between a quarterback and a quarter
mile, but they have one thing in common with every
other person in the casino: they are gamblers. Even
if you think that Joe Montana is a small town somewhere
near Billings or Great Falls, you owe it to yourself
to investigate the possibilities of wagering on sports.
is unlike almost all other types of casino gaming,
in that you have an excellent chance of success, provided
you are well prepared, well disciplined, and well
informed. As opposed to most casino games, where the
outcome of your wager is based almost entirely on
chance and the odds are almost always in the house's
favor, the odds on sports betting are not inherently
in the websitemaker's favor because you can choose
either side of the bet, and you know the line before
you place the bet.
There is, however,
a right way and a wrong way to wager on sporting events.
The vast majority-let me say this again-the vast majority-lose
money wagering on sports because of three basic mistakes:
1. They lack the self-discipline required to follow
the "rules" which can make them successful.
2. They do not understand money management.
3. They are inadequately informed as to injuries,
line moves, weather conditions, and other ever-changing
pieces of the information puzzle.
to covering the basics of sports wagering, this page
will cover those three problem areas, and several
others, with basic guidelines that have proven to
guidelines will certainly not guarantee success. Just
as there is no such thing as a "lock," there
are also no systems, rules, or trends that guarantee
success every time. Following these guidelines will
guarantee you a much greater chance of success, and
will put you in control of the wagers you make instead
of being controlled by the losses most players incur.
Let's start with the basics:
was nothing spectacular about this hand. I didn't
have a particularly strong hand and nothing unusual
happened. But I built up the pot with routine aggression.
I had a good, solid hand. But it was far from the
nuts, and there where many hands that could beat it.
Most of the time, there aren't any monsters under
the bed, but if you aren't betting your routine hands
then you're leaving money on the table.
A check on the river probably would have been even
better, to entice a bluff. The one time that passive
play is often more profitable than direct aggression
is on the river, when it's like]., they won't call
with a worse band than yours but they might bluff
at the pot if given a chance.