Back To Basics: Sports Betting Focus

Like it or not, and chances are that you do, sports betting really is a game of skill and perseverance. Sure everyone gets lucky occasionally. Yet as you probably know, those that are successful (meaning ending the year with more money in their pocket than when they started) at sports betting take the time and effort to master the basics of sports betting.

Of course to even begin to become successful at sports betting, the first thing you must get a handle on is yourself. You must look at yourself squarely in the mirror and ask yourself what your sports betting is all about. Do you just randomly throw some money at your bookmaker every week and hope you are lucky? In that case, you may as well head down to the local 7-11 and buy yourself a lottery ticket. Your chances of winning are dismal at best.

On the other hand, perhaps you are into sports betting because you are passionate about that particular sport, because you know the ins and the outs and you are willing to do your homework. You are willing to invest the time and energy to learn how to place an intelligent sports bet. In that case you stand a very good chance of emerging a winner at the end of the year.

Keep in mind that sports betting for the most part is a marathon, not a sprint. You must focus on the end goal for the year, not the outcome of any one game. Win, lose or draw as a professional you know and understand that staying in for the long haul with intelligently placed wagers is the way to come out ahead.

For example, just like the house edge at an online casino, you only have to win about 53 percent of the time to come out ahead. Try this example. Given odds of 10-11, you only need to win 52.4% to break even. Then anything above that is money in your pocket. That is where being in it for the long haul plays in your favor. Sure you may win the next 3 sports bet you place, yet you may just as well lose the next three bets. As long as you know and understand you are in it for the long haul you just keep playing along. In other words, keep your focus.

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