How do these winners do it? What’s the secret? Is there a science (or the art) behind success in betting?
First of all, as previously mentioned, it can take some time to master the skill of making money on betting. If you’re a beginner, don’t be in a rush. As easy and simple as sports betting looks, you aren’t likely to get things right at the start. If you do it the wrong way, you won’t enjoy sports betting and you won’t make money. Take your time to learn.
Here are the top tips for beginners
1. Understand as much as you can about the sport that you’re betting on
An experienced player will tell you that it isn’t just about how many wins the team has had during their last six or eight games. Rather, it’s about how well they’ve been playing offensively or defensively. Have there been fights internally? Has the coach been replaced? Is the team good at home or away?
These details will help you place a good bet and predict an outcome that is as accurate as possible.
2. The one that’s favorite doesn’t always win
An unwritten rule that is worth considering. It however can be difficult to ignore because of the odds given.
A good example is was when Leicester City won the Premier League during the 2015/16 season. The odds of them doing it were 5000 / 1 and the favorites were Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs.
Leicester City did it against all odds and yes, a lot of Kenyans made good money betting on Leicester’s games, especially when they played at home during that season. The odds weren’t always in their favor until towards the end of the season. They did so simply because of how Leicester was playing.
3. Don’t bet emotionally. Don’t bet with your heart
You love your team. You want them to win. It makes sense that they should. They are up against strong opposition but then you are convinced that because you love them, they must win. You go ahead and put a huge amount of money on them to win. Then they lose. You are depressed or even angry at yourself.
This has been the scenario of many Kenyans who didn’t take their time to do their homework. Avoid betting with your heart. Use your head. You’ve got the Internet so have no excuse about searching for as much information as possible about the teams playing. It’s all out there and it’s free. Basically yours for the taking.
If you can master this, then you’ll be careful and purposeful about your betting. This also includes tricky fixtures such as derby games where people tend to place bets passionately without having a wholesome look at the possible outcomes.
4. Bet with what you can afford to lose
Betting should be fun. Don’t make it a matter of life and death. It’s not a good idea to play with your rent or your children’s school fees or other people’s money. That’s another sign of someone who hasn’t done their homework.
Once you’ve sorted your expenses and aligned your budget, then you can have some fun and place your bet. This also ensures that you won’t be chasing your losses.