Choosing the Right Sporting Event & Bet

Intro to Online Betting Sites

There could be a hundred sporting events happening around the world in a single day, with thousands of different ways to bet on them. How do you know if you’re choosing the right sporting event to bet on? What makes one bet more appropriate than another? The answer to that question lies within the punter.

When faced with such decisions, the best bet is the one you are most familiar with. If you know more about basketball than international soccer, or more about the NFL than you do Tennis, basketball and NFL would be the better sporting events to look into. But if you’re looking to make just a single wager, you’ll need to narrow the field further, choosing basketball or American football.

If neither holds more interest for you than the other, which one do you know more about? Maybe you keep up with basketball scores, but little else, where you pay more attention to player stats, injuries and scoring trends in the NFL. Thus a wager on an NFL match-up would make more sense.

Now that we’ve narrowed down the sport, which contest should you place your bet on? Let’s take a typical Sunday in the NFL for instance. There will be at least a dozen match-ups around the league.

To make the right bet, you need to look closely at the teams who’ll be competing. First of all, it’s usually a good idea to eliminate your favorite team from the selection. When you are passionate about a team, it can cloud your judgment when it comes to betting real money on sports. In the back of your mind you may know that your team is at a slight disadvantage, but because you are so devoted, you may convince yourself that they have the upper hand. Unless the stats are truly in your team’s favor, never bet on your favorite team.

If you want to get an inside look at the upcoming games, try tuning into a sports network like ESPN. You can get a lot of detailed information on each contest, like who is favored and why. If a team is in a slump, or if injuries are expected to affect the outcome of a game, you’ll learn about it. You can also go on the internet and read up on the expectations of each team and match-up.

With the right information at your fingertips, it can be a lot easier to choose the right sports bet. You may even find that a bet on the winner of the game isn’t even the best bet. Maybe you’d be better off betting on the half-time scores. For example, in the 2009/2010 season, the New Orleans Saints almost always made a "second half comeback" to win their games. They bested nearly the entire season in this manner before going on to win the Super Bowl; another game in which they made a huge second half comeback.

When you see continuous trends like these, you may find better odds on less conventional sporting bets.

Quick Review of Sports Betting Tips

  • -Bet on sports you follow
  • -Stick to the sports you know the most about
  • -Avoid bets on your "favorite team"
  • -Watch in-depth sports shows like ESPN
  • -Look for unconventional betting trends

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