Betting is a multi-billion dollar industry with plenty of money to be made. But, as any sports fan will know, betting can also lead to a big loss if you don’t follow a few simple rules.
One of the biggest reasons for losing money is getting too emotional. By avoiding this, you can make better decisions that will help you win more money. It’s also worth remembering that it’s nearly impossible to win every single bet – even the best betting tipsters get cold streaks. So, it’s important to set yourself a budget and stick to it.
The other reason to be careful when betting is that the oddsmakers have a huge edge over you. This is reflected in the prices of bets and it’s why even the most successful “expert” bettors only break even on 52.4% of their bets.
Many who are good at making money from betting will specialize in certain leagues or divisions of a sport. By doing this, they can often beat the odds that the bookmakers offer and pick out some value bets. For example, they may know that a team or player is coming back from an injury and is likely to perform better than expected. They may also have a knowledge of a hoodoo or something else that the bookmakers haven’t picked up on. This can give them a leg up. In-play tips can also provide great value – for instance, you could wait a few minutes before backing an underdog team as their odds will usually have shortened by this point.