how to bet on football

New to NFL betting? Learn how do you bet on football

how to bet on footballNFL and college football in the United States is the biggest and most popular sports for Americans to watch, and bet on. Though the legality of sports gambling is only allowed only in the state of Nevada, still today countless Americans turn to offshore sportsbooks or local friendly wagers on NFL and college football.

Sports gambling with sports books is not the only way to enjoy the game. Numerous Americans enjoy football through office pool competitions and local friendly wagers. Regardless how you enjoy a football game, you’ll still find people trying to get every edge through their own research online, ESPN coverage, and even a sports prediction handicapper or service. But whatever way you plan to elevate the excitement of watching a football game, understanding how do you get on football is a fundamental requirement.

There are a number of ways to invest or bet on an NFL game, and in this post we’ll cover the basics of how to bet on football. The fundamentals of betting on football will apply to both NFL, college, CFL football and a number of major North American sports, including betting on European and international soccer. And just as important as understanding how to bet on football is also understanding betting strategies and bankroll management in football. Money management can be if not one of the most crucial aspects of succeeding in sports investing and where most gamblers ignore. So for those who are getting caught up to speed for their football office pool, or a newcomer to sports betting or seeking to make sports investing a piece of your investment portfolio, the basics of how you bet on football will give you fundamentals for any football game you throw down the benjamin’s.

Betting on football with a sportsbook

Placing a football bet at a Vegas casino sports book, or you’re legally betting with an online sportsbook, you’ll soon understand how the sportsbook make their money. The sports books make their money by collecting a commission on losing bets. There are a few names for this commission, but its commonly known as Vig (vigorish).

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lose at sports betting

Why most football and sports bettors lose?

lose at sports bettingThere’s a difference between gambling and investing, both in the equity markets and in the sports markets (just look at the sports investing performance of some of the expert handicappers and the intelligent tips model). Though you don’t have to look to far to see people throwing money down on a hot penny stock tip, or worse yet, the Facebook IPO (which was manipulated by corporate and investment banker hype). Similar in the sports market, most sports bettors throw money down to either to make more money, or for the simple sheer excitement and high, like a drug some may say. And over time, it becomes a weekly ritual to bet on the weekend NFL games, or others sports throughout the year.

Having spent some time on the inside of the online sports gambling world with two major brands, both in sports, poker and casino, their was always the inside joke about about how to make losing money fun. The same applied to the sportsbook and it was widely known on the inside that ‘over time’ most sports bettors are going to lose money. Even if you won, the sportsbooks would be watching your account, offering reload bonuses in the book, or cross channel you into the poker or casino. Whatever it took to get you coming back to bet on another game, or play in another product channel, because we all knew that over time, you would lose.

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how to tease a bet

What is a teaser bet, and how to handicap

how to tease a betEvery season – NFL, MLB, MBA, etc. online sports books have seen a growing trend towards sports bettors taking teaser bets.

Teaser bets have become a popular sports betting strategy that teaser bets can influence the oddsmakers to move lines. Expert handicappers, punters and investors can move a line in their favor after a key volume of teasers are placed pairing two or more teams together.

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Sports investing

Sports investing vs gambling, what’s the difference?

Sports investingAs a market investor over the last two decades, and a love for sports, the I found the philosophy of investing was a natural transition into my recreational betting. At first it never clicked, but after taking a serious look at my sports betting performance about a decade ago, I came to realize some of the fundamentals that did me very well in the equity markets could be applied to my sports betting.

While bankroll management was the most effective area I begun to change, there are a variety of other areas I changed in my sports betting to hone it into what today is considered sports investing.

Firstly and most importantly, the view of sports must be considered an investment that can offer good returns. For example, see our sports investment portfolio and the performance of expert handicappers and the intelligent tips algorithms. The psychology view of throwing money at a game has an emotional attachment that is different than investing. For anyone who is a prudent investor understand this, where when they see their investment drop in value, if their fundamentals are sound, they can view it as an opportunity vs. a red flag to run for the doors.

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NFL Preseason Betting

Reasons to not bet NFL preseason…sometimes

NFL Preseason BettingNFL preseason finally kicks off the second week of August which for many expert NFL handicappers and sports bettors is their lease favorite time of the NFL betting season. The statistics aren’t in, teams are figuring out how to build synergy and overall it can be an unpredictable time of year when investing in NFL football.

During the NFL preseason teams typically don’t play at full strength, key players hold back and coaches are getting a feel for new strategy. Expert handicappers, sharps, investors and your recreational sports bettor walk into an unpredictable time of year. Seasoned investors and many sharps though also see the investment value to minimize their bankroll investment during the NFL preseason until more ‘stars align’. Look at this similar to a new hot stock on the NASDAQ and its IPO, such as Facebook back in June. There was much hype leading up to their kick off, but the days following it just didn’t perform. Market conditions were the same, investor sentiment loosely changed, but overall like many IPO’s, and like the preseason of almost any sport, it can be quite unpredictable and simple chase the favorites based on the past season.

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NFL score statistics

NFL handicapping tips: Popular NFL statistics for betting on football

NFL score statisticsEvery year when NFL football season arrives, expert NFL handicappers, recreational sports bettors and sharps will begin to review their past NFL performance and prepare their prediction models in making their NFL picks for the season. They’re NFL prediction models will use various statistics and data points in an attempt to get an edge on predicting weekly NFL games and win their NFL picks.

Every nfl handicapper and sports bettor will use different formulas and look at different statistics in their nfl predictions. From the various odds offered by the online sportsbooks, to the bet types (ex. ATS) and the game performance of the favorites and underdogs, to player and team statistics. While there is no one perfect nfl prediction model, unless proven performance over time, the prediction model needs to win at specific percentage or greater, and diligent bankroll management. Read more

Sports investing and bankroll management

10% of sports bettors follow these bankroll management tips

Investors across the board, whether your an investor in market equities, or sports investor specific sports, both have common fundamental investment philosophies that apply.

Some of the most important factors and best tips to becoming a profitable investor  include:

  • Don’t let emotions dictate investment decisions.
  • Fundamental data analysis and research will show you the value who to invest in, and who to avoid, and at the very lease, give you an edge.
  • A lot of information is intangible and cannot be measured (ex. teams motivation and drive on game day). The quantifiable aspects of a company or team, such as profits and wins are easy enough to find and quantify, but always work into your formula considerations on qualitative factors, such as new coach, new quarterback, weather conditions, team emotions on game day, etc.  Use a combination of tangible and intangible aspects when making your investment picks.
  • Money management or bankroll management

The latter, bankroll management, is one of the most common areas sports bettors and punters ignore, yet its one of the most integral sports investing areas that makes the difference between a bettor and a profitable sports investors.

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Getting the edge in sports betting

Find the edge used by successful sports investors

Getting the edge in sports bettingThere are recreational sports bettors who both win and lose and put bragging rights behind it, and those quite types you see make betting on sports a professional and doing extremely well. There are a number of factors that makes the difference between a recreational sports bettor and sports investor, but the biggest one thing you find with successful sports investors is that they seem to find the edge on the games.

Blackjack players usually stick to the motto ‘the less you bet, the more you lose when you win’; betting $100 hand when their bankroll is only has $400. Although amateur bettors take to the casinos with this habit, every gambler will find something serious to explore related to this concept.

If you want to make the most, you’ll have to recognize the chance when this principle can benefit. Usually, you will find the opportunity in every kind of betting, where taking the full advantage from an opportunity pushes you to play such heavy hands.

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MLB key statistics for MLB handicapping

Key statistics in MLB handicapping

MLB key statistics for MLB handicappingIf you’re handicapping MLB, or a beginner MLB handicapper and looking for the advantage on the MLB season, then its integral you know the key stats in baseball.

Although everything in baseball is recorded as a measurement of some kind, yet savvy bettors and expert handicappers still manage to find out the most important stats in the piles of information to make their MLB picks or baseball bets. Knowing the key stats in baseball also can become a big advantage when betting on MLB doubleheaders. Handicapping MLB Doubleheaders offer its own betting strategies, and knowing the key stats in MLB, can offer an advantage on picking the underdog or favorite.

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What are units in sports betting?

For newcomers to betting on sports, and the average sports fan who aims to elevate their game to approach their weekly sports betting as an investment in sports, we’re often get similar questions about what are units when betting on sports.

When a sports better starts to evaluate units on a game, its typically one of the first steps down the path of a sports bettor getting an elevated view of investing in sports and how best to calculate profitability. Read more