Gambling is, by its very nature, a risk-ridden way to fill your time or even to try and make money. But, when done sensibly, it can also be a fun and exciting addition to watching sport.
But how do you make the most of your bet? What’s the best way to get round the bookies’ tricks that try and pull you through their doors?
It’s all about finding the best value for money. Whether that’s the right prices, the right markets or even the best time to put your bet on, follow these tips from an ex-betting shop employee and see if you can make the most from your gambling experience.
1. Know your sport inside out
It’s not just about which football team has won their last six games but how well they have really played offensively and defensively. Were they good at keeping possession or were they lucky?
These are the kinds of details that will inform your betting and will better prepare you for spotting those good-value markets. It’ll take a while before you are confident enough in your own knowledge to make these decisions on your own. In the meantime you could always count on services that provide free nfl picks. Try to learn from them, and develop your own knowledge, however long it takes. It will be your strongest tool eventually, so give it the time and patience it requires.
2. The fewer selections, the better
This is something that, even though it seems like common sense, punters forget all the time. The fewer selections you include in your bet, the more chance you stand of winning.
If you’re betting to make money think small, not big. One team or selection if you can stake enough. Three or four maximum. Once you find yourself putting that 20-fold accumulator on, you really are on cloud cuckoo land.
Bookies lose most of their money from singles. An extreme example would be some high-roller coming into a shop and putting £10,000 on a 4/6 shot.
Just one single at an odds-on price but the shop would have to turnover £6,666 to cover that payout alone.
If you do enough research, you should feel relatively safe putting £5 or £10 on one selection. But trebles usually offer a decent return if you really do want a higher payout.
3. Avoid the temptation of odds-on prices
If you do find yourself desperately wanting that long-shot bet on a Saturday afternoon, do not pad out your accumulator with odds-on selections. You’re decreasing your chance of winning for next to no extra cash.
It would seem like a great idea to lump them altogether in a multiple to try and win some easy money. But this would be a mistake.
Is it really worth £10 to only treble your money when any single loss at a price of 1/8 (for example) would result in your entire bet going down? Probably not.
It would make more sense to do some research and find an up-and-coming team who has a favourable draw and back them at a better price.