Many books are written about successful betting techniques and the psychology of betting. However, there is one area of betting that isn’t always covered in these books: teaser betting. What is teaser betting?
Simply put, teaser betting is when you place a bet on a sports event that is preceded by a shorter version of the game. You’re typically given a small amount of the full game to watch or listen to in order to determine the winner. For example, if you were betting on the Super Bowl, you’d be given the first half of the game to determine the winner. In other words, you’re getting a teaser of the game.
Why Should You Bet On Teasers?
Overtime is a pain no matter who you are or how much you want to watch a game. Whether you’re a hardcore fan of a particular team or a game is important to you, you inevitably find yourself watching endless hours of running plays and field goal attempts without anything particularly exciting happening. Plus, getting up at odd hours to watch a game you’re not particularly interested in isn’t how you want to live your life.
On the other hand, a teaser might be just the thing you’re looking for. You get to witness a game’s opening moments or listen to its conclusion in real time. There are no extra minutes of boring football in between. Plus, you can bet on a teaser, if it’s available on your chosen bookmaker, and then get back to whatever it is you were doing before the game started.
So, when might you want to bet on a teaser? One possibility could be if you find yourself in an area with no TV reception after the game starts. For example, if you were at a wedding or birthday party and the game was particularly late or important, you might consider betting on it so you could continue celebrating with your friends.
Another possibility is if you know the game will be close. If you think the game’s outcome is in doubt but you want to place a wager anyway, you may as well choose a teaser, which is more affordable than the full game.
How Does The Psychology Of Teaser Betting Differ From Regular NFL Betting?
When taking a regular NFL bet, you’re typically placing a wager on the outcome of a game that will last for approximately 80 minutes and then be over. You may have seen a game that goes for three hours or more but, even then, there will be a definite end point. Sure, there may be some drama along the way but, eventually, the game will come to its conclusion and you’ll be able to go about your business, or watching party, as usual.
On the other hand, a teaser is a shorter version of a regular game. You may be asked to watch or listen to only the opening few minutes of a football game before declaring a winner. This can make for some interesting psychology because, in many ways, it’s similar to watching a movie without subtitles. You get the gist of what’s going on but you don’t always understand every word.
In many cases, your reaction to the game will be completely different from how you’d react to a normal football game. For example, if you like to bet on sporting events as a way of life and you frequently go to the track to get your racing fix, you may not like teasers because you don’t have the opportunity to get into the mood of a typical NFL game. In other words, you can’t let your guard down and act naturally like you would if the game were a documentary or a movie. You have to be on your toes at all times because you don’t know how long the game will last or what could happen. This is similar to how you’d feel if you were gambling at a real-life casino. You can’t just go about your business as usual because anything can happen at any time.
Another interesting aspect of teaser betting is that you’re not really sure what to expect. With a regular NFL bet, you have the mindset that you’re familiar with and that you’ve seen enough to deem a winner. Naturally, this is going to be different when you’re wagering on a teaser because you don’t know what kind of game to expect. For example, if you love to see high school football games because they’re entertaining to watch and unpredictable, you may find that taking a tease is the way to go because you won’t know what kind of game you’re going to see. This is similar to how you feel about a sporting event that has no set time limit. You could end up seeing a completely different game than what you were expecting. Naturally, this makes for some thrilling moments but also leaves you wondering what happened because it went so quickly.
The other major difference between regular football betting and teaser betting is what to do after you place your bet. When you place a regular NFL bet, you have the option of walking away, calling it a day, or continuing to wager, as usual. When you place a teaser, you don’t have this option. Remember, you’re getting a small bite of the action before the game even starts, so it’s not like you’re committing a serious financial offence. However, once the game starts, you’re not going to be able to lay down your wager until the end because then it won’t be a teaser anymore. In many cases, this means you’re going to have to watch the rest of the game. Sure, you might be able to get away with ignoring the rest of the game but, eventually, your neighbors are going to notice that you didn’t pick up your dry cleaning and they’re going to call you out on it.
At the end of the day, when it comes to betting on sports, especially NFL football, there are a variety of variables that you have to consider. From the psychology of placing a bet to what to do after you’ve placed it, you have to find a way to make the process easy and fun, knowing that you’re safe and smart in doing so.