Myth of Sports Betting: Something for Nothing

Posted on: November 26th, 2019 by admin

Something for Nothing

There are those who think that sports gambling is the ultimate something-for-nothing action. But in fact, betting pro football to win is a business and must be treated like one to be prosperous.

The basics of earning money at this business are the lines set out by the oddsmakers are made not to forecast the real outcomes of games, nor to instruct the public about the relative strengths of teams, but to try to split the gambling public by making one team as appealing as the other. Considering that the public’s view of a match-up is occasionally incorrect, lines are occasionally incorrect concerning the real differences between two groups.

All these erroneous lines are looked for by A bettor. When he finds these lines he wagers about them–and that is the only time he wagers.

And how can a winning handicapper find those lines that are inaccurate?

By dispassionately viewing as many games as possible, as well as post-game coverage of match-ups you couldn’t tune into. By keeping records of game statistics and scores, lines, injuries for study. By investigation of sport stats as well as motivational factors’ tracking. By educating yourself on how oddsmakers set lines so you are able to detect real value. And most important, by shopping aggressively for the greatest possible lines on matches you’ve resolved to bet.

Virtually each of the sports bettors that I know work hard in the beginning. We don’t simply roll out of bed and make stakes. We do not go by”inside information” The advice I use is available to anyone who makes the effort to receive it. To profit from handicapping the NFL, you need to expect to generate a similar effort. ??

Dan Gordon is the author of a new book, Beat the Sports Books: An Insider’s Guide to Handicapping the NFL. He has a winning record as a professional sports bettor for over two decades. His sports betting columns have appeared in the New York Daily News, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, College and Pro Football Newsweekly, and a number of other magazines and papers. From 1984 to 1991 he served as handicapping consultant to Pete Axthelm of NBC, ESPN, and Inside Sports magazine, and more recently as an oddsmaking consultant for sportsbooks global.

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