Top 10 Betting Tips
Whether you are a serious or casual sports betting enthusiast, it goes without saying that you will prefer winning to losing – so here are our favourite tips for ensuring that you enjoy the greatest possible enjoyment and success whenever you fancy a flutter.
Don't overcomplicate things
Those more advanced wagers are always tempting given the considerable winnings that they promise, but they also bring a lot of risk – especially when you're an inexperienced better. There's therefore a great amount to be said for a simple, 'easy does it' approach.
Maintain your discipline
One of the cardinal rules of betting is to only gamble money that you are comfortable with losing. If you are betting money that you can't afford to lose, you aren't likely to be in the state of mind needed to make the right decisions. Set aside a certain amount of money for betting, and don't exceed that budget.
Never place a huge betting stake
Yep – not even if you're hugely confident of success! Even the best-judged betting decisions can easily go wrong, so it might not take many big losses for you to end up in serious debt.
There's no such thing as a 'sure-fire' way to win
There will always be sources out there claiming that if you do this, followed by this, followed by that, you will definitely win. The reality of betting is that there is always a percentage chance – however small – of losing.
Bet on what you know
Your chances of success will certainly be much higher if you bet on a sport or event that you are already familiar with, and higher still if you combine your pre-existing knowledge with additional research into such factors as the latest runners and riders, the prevailing weather conditions and so on. It's true what they say – knowledge really is power.
Sign up to multiple sportsbooks
Different bookies offer different odds, and also have different free bet offers and other promotions designed to encourage you to join. Bear in mind, too, that different bookmakers tend to excel in different sports, so it pays to join at least a couple of bookies for comparison purposes each time you come to make a bet.
Give in-play betting a try
As the name suggests, in-play betting involves betting on the outcome of a sporting event that is already taking place, therefore giving you a great advantage if you are good at predicting how ongoing events will unfold.
Keep records of your betting activity
Few betters bother with actually making notes on what they have wagered, but it could give you an edge to be able to analyse what has and hasn't worked for you previously. After all, there may be certain types of bet or categories of sporting competition that are especially profitable for you.
Swot up on the applicable rules and regulations
Each sports betting site also has its own terms and conditions that could greatly impact on your experience there. What is the minimum stake that you can place, for instance? What about the maximum amount that you can win on a single wager, or the wagering requirements that must be met before you can withdraw any of your winnings?
Beware forking out for betting advice
Individuals promising betting tips and tricks if you pay a fee should probably be given a wide berth – sure, there are a few great ones out there, but there are many more con-men and disreputable sites. Your money and time will almost certainly be better spent on trying to improve your betting skills through first-hand experience, instead of depending on someone else to give you 'shortcuts' to success.
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