Many sports bettors are familiar with the over/under betting market as it applies to the NFL. Simply put, bets are placed on the total number of points that will be scored by both teams in a particular game. If the over/under is set at, say, 48, then the bettor would expect the game to end up being close or in favor of the team scoring more points. If it’s 49-46, the bettor would expect the game to be a tight contest and maybe even go over the total number of points. The difference is that in most cases, the over/under in an NFL game is set before the first down is scored. In mixed martial arts (MMA) sports betting, however, the over/under is set after every single significant movement or attack, which makes for a much more exciting and dynamic betting environment. Here’s a quick run-down of how to make the most of your MMA over/under betting experience:
Get The Most Out Of Your Bankroll
In most cases, MMA over/under betting is not recommended for those new to betting or sports. If you’re just starting out, it’s advisable to build up your bankroll first before risking any real money. This is especially true if you are using money you’ve won from a previous bet as your bankroll. There’s nothing worse than betting with money you can’t afford to lose, and it makes you much more vulnerable to losing streak and/or bad luck. This is why it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve accumulated at least $1000 in savings before attempting to enter the world of over/under betting in MMA. Once you’ve reached this point, it’s time to start making more deliberate and confident wagers, knowing that if you do lose, you can afford to lose and won’t be ruined financially. Finally, it’s always a good idea to place the majority of your MMA wagers on the under side of the coin. Trying to predict the ups and downs of a battle royale between two mixed martial artists is a bit like trying to time the stock market: it’s almost impossible to do effectively, and often times, the result is quite unpredictable. What this means in practice is that if you’re getting the feeling that one fighter is constantly putting you on the wrong foot, it’s usually a good idea to simply back off and wait for the fight to resolve itself. Chances are, this is the smarter (albeit more boring) approach to adopt when betting on MMA fights. After all, nobody wants to watch a fight go the distance when they could be spending that time more productively doing…something else.
MMA Is All The Rage
It’s a fact: mixed martial arts is the rage these days. Nowadays, if you’ve never even heard of MMA, it’s probably because you’re living under a rock. This combat sport was first made famous in the ‘90s after the UFC emerged from the dark ages of cable television and went mainstream. For whatever reason, MMA just found a home in the mainstream media, with ESPN and FOX Sports often carrying matches featuring prominent names in the sports world. Furthermore, recent years have seen an explosion in popularity of the UFC and other MMA leagues, with fans often flooding social media with exciting news and stats regarding their favorite fighters. This is all very exciting to sports bettors who want to get in on the action, but it also makes for a whole lot of unpredictability when it comes to handicapping fights. It would be nice if there was some sort of pattern to follow, but in reality, things usually happen for a reason and there’s seldom any rhyme or reason to can figure out. This is part of the fun of betting on fights: you never know what’s going to happen, but you usually come away with a good feeling that you put your money on the right side of the odds and made the right guess. Of course, with any luck, you’ll also make some money off the deal!
The Confidence Menagerie
You might be familiar with the expression ‘full house’, which refers to a betting scenario in which you select three of the five games you’re predicting to go the distance. In a full house, each team will score, which results in a total of 15 points. It’s a popular wager due to the high likelihood of it coming in and being effective. However, there are times when it doesn’t work out as planned. What happens then is that the oddsmaker will adjust the over/under accordingly, either adding or taking away points from the total. The important thing to keep in mind is that in most cases, this is a good thing, as it means the bettor’s insight was on the money and the sport just got a little more exciting thanks to their expertise. Despite the unpredictability of the odds, it’s still possible to make effective predictions and take advantage of the under/over betting angle when carrying out MMA wagering. It just takes a bit of imagination and a pinch of discipline.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the trends when handicapping any sport, as this can often give you a good indication of how things are going to go. Trends can vary from season to season and matchup to matchup, but usually, they follow a pattern and it’s often possible to discern them. For example, NFL teams are often more successful when they feature a strong ground game and play safe, vanilla offenses. These two elements combine to form what is known as the ‘bend but don’t break’ strategy, which favors the defense and typically leads to more points being scored in the game. What this means for the bettor is that they should back off of teams that are prone to grinding games out, as this usually means there is little margin for error. Smaller, more inexperienced sportsbooks tend to offer more variance when it comes to betting, so it would probably be a good idea to avoid them if you’re looking for the most realistic odds. Otherwise, you might end up with a bad taste in your mouth when the match ends up being one of the close fights that you thought would end in an offensive explosion, leaving you feeling deflated and cheated. This is why it’s always a good idea to start out small and build up your bankroll before getting too deep into betting; you don’t want to ruin your entire vacation betting on fights, but you also don’t want to go through a losing streak, either, which could quickly turn your savings into a giant pile of useless pennies. Finally, don’t be afraid to walk away from a bad lay if the odds are not favorable enough; it’s better to walk away than it is to sit back and stew over a bad beat, especially if this happens frequently. It’s all about prioritizing what’s important to you and what makes you feel comfortable, which in turn helps you make better decisions regarding your money and gambling life overall. This is easier said than done, I know, but it’s important to keep in mind as you navigate your way through the confusing world of online gambling. Sometimes, the simplest approach is the best, and in this case, it’s all about knowing when to walk away and when to stick around. Good luck out there.