The craze for betting pools and other gaming activities has made its way to the mainstream. Now that sports betting is legal in more than half of the U.S., more and more people are looking for ways to make money from betting. Unfortunately, not all sports betting sites are created equal. Some are much better than others in terms of providing a good return on investment to their users. Fortunately, you can easily identify the good sites from the bad ones using some simple metrics. Let’s take a look at how to work the square for betting.
Know Why You’re There
One of the main reasons why you’d venture into the world of sports betting is to better understand the game you’re playing. While some people view betting as purely a gaming activity and a way to make money, the truth is that it’s far more complex. The main reason people gamble is because they want to know more about something they consider to be interesting or exciting. If you can’t justify why you’re there, it’s often a good indication that you’re dealing with a sports betting website that’s not worth your time and effort.
Look At The Stats
If you’ve ever played a real-life slot machine, you’ll know how pointless it is to try and win big without any regard for how often you’ve actually won. The same goes for sports betting. It’s important to look at the stats before, during, and after each game you watch or participate in. This will help you decide whether or not you should continue betting on that sport or event. Remember, no one can predict the outcome of every game. This means you’ll never know for sure whether or not you’re going to win, which is why you should always be looking at the stats.
Know The Lingo
While it’s important to know why you’re there and what you’re doing, it’s also important to know the language. If you’ve ever worked in an office where a majority of the workers didn’t speak English as their first language, you know how difficult it is to communicate with people when there’s a language barrier. It would be nice if everything was written in English, but that’s rarely the case. Many books, blogs, and websites are now available in languages you may not be familiar with. If you’re not used to reading books or visiting websites in a different language, it can be tricky to catch up. Knowing the slang and vocabulary will make communicating with the people at the online sportsbook much easier. It might also even give you an edge when placing your bets. For example, if you know what a pickle in the bread basket means, you might decide to bet on that game expecting the opposing team to make a lot of errant passes. You’d essentially be committing seppuku (suicide by public humiliation) on the part of the football team you’re rooting for.
These are just a few tips on how to work the square for betting. For a more comprehensive overview, I recommend checking out the Betting Methodology series on How to Spot a Scammer, where I go over everything from how to select a sports betting site to identifying the various types of scams. Remember, you’re playing the odds, not against the house. So, if you want to keep winning, make sure you play at a legit sports betting site.