How To Win At Sports Betting


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Today we begin our series on how to win money at sports betting, and although we don't expect or claim that what we detail will be an exhaustive series of articles, the one thing they have in their favour is that each of the principles and methods we'll examine have been tested and refined over many years in front line battle with the bookmakers.

Rest assured that nothing here is an intellectual exercise, but was discovered, often painfully, by placing bets over a long period time using real money and standing or falling by the results.

Many of you as experienced bettors will already understand most of the principles involved, but we believe there will be much to be gained by another look at them and a little self-examination.

We liken this to car driving skills. To pass a driving test we do everything by the instruction book, and after passing the test add to this knowledge with experience of real-life driving conditions to make us better drivers.

But, if we're honest with ourselves, we also pick up many bad habits that become part of our technique almost unknowingly. We say 'almost' because we're convinced that most of us are actually aware of our bad habits, but tolerate them in the absence of any major disasters.

Our punting techniques are also subject to the gradual intrusion of bad habits and practices, and once again in the absence of a major wipe-out we tend to generally ignore them, thereby lessening our overall effectiveness as punters.

Even playing roulette needs to be taken seriously as we know to our cost that simply standing at the table being mesmerised by the spin of the wheel without giving some thought to our actions means we ruin our chances of actually enjoying what we're doing, and at the end of the day most people gamble because it is enjoyable ! 

Know Thine Enemy:
For anyone new to sports betting to even consider starting without first knowing how a bookmaker operates, is in our opinion suicidal.To get involved without first knowing the rules is simply crazy, as all eventualities should be weighed up as part of the process of determining the likely success of any particular bet.

Know Thyself:
It's essential to know our own strong points and weaknesses, and brutal honesty is what's required here. The kind of tongue in cheek statement that follows the accusation "you're drunk" with "I only had a couple," when we are clearly rat-arsed, is of no use to us in our quest to plunder the bookmakers.


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Most of us like to think we are a little better than we actually are in any field of endeavour, and sports betting is the same. The big difference is that telling a little lie about the size of your dong won't empty your bank account in the same way that misleading ourselves about our tipping skills will.

The only sure and certain way to get an unbiased and truthful picture of the facts is to keep records. Not only the winners, but the losers too. Complete, extensive, and accurate record keeping is a must for anyone with ambitions of rising above pin-sticking status. Do not trust to memory, it's fallible. Use spreadsheets or an old fashioned pen and paper.

If we're new to the arena, then the safest way to begin is by what's known as 'paper-trading.' This simply means that the bet selections are made, a stake is chosen, but no real money is used. 

Phoney money, fake-dollars, monopoly cash, imaginary loot, call it what you will, the point is how can you establish a pattern of strengths and weaknesses without first testing the water? And why risk real, hard-earned spondoolicks while we're finding out the big picture?

Yes of course the thought will spring to mind during this testing phase if we're lucky enough to show a profit that "if only I'd used real money....." but that's not the point. There will always be plenty of opportunities to profit for real once the basics are taken care of.

The number of sports being punted is also one worthy of careful consideration. We know of no successful sports bettor who can devote enough time and energy in the study of their chosen profession to cover more than 2 or 3 sports with any long-term success.

Yes, that's right, two or three maximum. It is simply not possible to cover all the information angles necessary to maintain a winning career if any more sports are tackled simultaneously.

In Part Two we'll detail exactly how we recommend our records should be kept, and separate the 'records just for the sake of it' from the kind of accurate facts and statistics that will actually be of any benefit.
Make sure you check back, you've nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.



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