Sports Betting And The Square Rule

Note this is not about esoteric physics and the inverse square law. This is about what is often times referred to as the square rule, especially in terms of football betting.

Here’s what this is all about. The reality of just about any sports betting action is how it actually works in the real world for the average bettor. Consider how the standard bet pretty much requires the would-be gambler to shell out $11.00 for every $10.00 they want to win. As you can see with this sort of bet you are already starting out from behind (in terms of statistics, anyway).

As you probably know from the example above, the extra or the $1 difference in the two numbers represent the Juice. The juice is the bookmaker’s piece of the pie. Following the math all the way through, it totals up so that to win over the course of a year, the sports bettor must be able to pick 52.4% winners just to break even. Never mind even coming out ahead of the game.

But here’s the thing. Lots of sports betting fans know and understand the math about winning, they understand what the juice is and why it is there and yet they still engage in sports betting anyway. Why is this? Call it a love of the sport or perhaps just the adrenalin rush of pulling out some of that hard earned money and placing a bet.

Anyway, that’s the back story. Now on to the Square Rule. You may not know that the term “Square” is, shall we say, a somewhat derogatory term used for what can politely be referred to as unsophisticated bettors. These are the people that line up to pull out their wallet and place a sports betting choice on nothing more than a “hunch”, a rumor or other such nonsense.

In other words, the square rule is nothing more than a simple bit of sports betting wisdom that means don’t be one yourself. You know the thing about being the patsy around the poker table right? It goes something like this: if you look around the table and can’t figure out who the patsy is, the chances are pretty good its you.

So back to sports betting and the square rule. Don’t be one. If and when you are ready to place a sports bet, go ahead and take the trouble to at least learn a little bit about the ins and outs of sports betting. Yes, the bookmaker always starts out front, yet there are those out who can consistently come out ahead with their betting choices. As you might expect, these are not the ones you would call a “square”.

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