How to win at sports betting?
- Master the art of patience, discipline and money management
- Control your emotions and bet only when you have found a real edge
- Learn the advanced methods of handicapping to find real edge
- Avoid filling your mind, consciously and unconsciously, with nonsense you read in any gambling communities
First and foremost, patience and discipline are the two most important things that you must master in order to find edge and succeed in sports betting. Yes, these two are more important than money management itself because, without them you wouldn't be able to successfully employ an efficient money management plan. In sports betting, patience and discipline are special abilities that are very difficult to master. It is like climbing a steep icy slope--you can lose control and slip anytime. For most bettors it is virtually impossible to maintain patience and discipline in the long run. They might do everything perfectly for 1 week, 1 month or even a year but eventually they will momentarily lose that special ability and that moment is enough to destroy the bankroll. For most bettors, this happens rapidly and often, especially those who start with short deposit/bankroll.
Applying a good money management strategy to a short bankroll means very small bets and most bettors don't have the patience for small bets. As a result they will add to their lifetime losses by losing the bankroll each time they reload. These bettors turn few hundred dollar losses into few thousand dollars in a matter of few weeks while dreaming of turning few hundred dollars into thousands of dollars. Without patience and discipline your dream will never come true. If you fall into this category of bettors, we highly recommend that you try our starter plan from our picks page that will help you double your starting bankroll. Our picks and money management are perfect exercise to practice patience and discipline.
Secondly, controlling the emotions on a day to day basis after winning or losing bets is something that all bettors should master. Avoid impulsive or compulsive betting just because you won a big bet or lost a big bet. Bet only when you have found real edge. Emotion is what affects most bettors patience and discipline. Don't let your emotions get in your betting plan. To do this effectively you must learn to separate your betting from your personal life. Once you spend the allocated time for research and place the bet, don't waste anymore time on that bet. This means, not refreshing your score screen every minute or watching the games you bet--this adds to stress and has proven to negatively affect the bettor regardless of the outcome of the game. Once you place the bets for the day, call it a day and focus on other important things such as family, friends and yourself.
Thirdly, try to learn the advanced methods of handicapping a game. Common injury reports, statistics, weather reports, trends from past games etc that are widely available on the internet to everyone is not real edge for long term success. You must learn to avoid those pitfalls regardless of how convincing they may seem because the line and odds already reflect all those widely available information. To find real edge, you have to look past the many variables that are not obvious or easily accessible on the internet. If you don't have the time, data or resources, we recommend using our picks where all the hard work is already done for you. If you are wondering why this is listed third, it is important to note that many good handicappers still lose long term because they lack patience, discipline and good money management.
Finally, avoid filling your mind with nonsense that you read on gambling communities. Keep in mind that gambling communities like betting forums are filled with very poor bettors. There may be a few decent handicappers out there but majority of them are life long losers who are making the same mistakes again and again. Everything you read will consciously or unconsciously affect your future decision making, often negatively, when it comes to picking a side because most of the things you read are getting spewed by life time losing bettors. The more information you gather from these communities to handicap games, the more likely that you will become a poor bettor/handicapper and the more you will lose.
If you are consistently losing by breaking everything explained in this article, try exercises to control yourself. Try this: For one month limit yourself to betting only our picks with our money management (if you cannot afford our subscription fees, you can try our free picks google group.) and nothing else--if you can successfully complete this exercise, it would be a step in the right direction to win at sports betting long term.
If you are a bettor with large bankroll and struggling to master the concepts mentioned in this article, we strongly recommend that you try our consistently winning full stake 10/10 unit picks. If you are a small bettor, you can try our regular picks package. By following our picks with our money management plan, you would master these concepts while building wealth.