One of the big problems with sports betting is that once people are able to win a few bets, they start to think they can make a career out of the past time. The truth is that almost anyone can win a few sports bets here and there, just because of luck alone. Add a little bit of knowledge about a game to the sports betting action, and you have an even greater chance of coming out a short term winner.
Winning some money in the short term does not necessarily make one an expert when it comes to football betting, or any other type of sports betting, however. If you are truly ready to go from the beginning stages of betting on football to a higher level, you have to be sure that your bankroll and your ego can handle it. Even advanced sports bettors will tell you that they experience losing seasons, just because of the luck involved in the sports betting industry.
Of course, you can supplement that luck with some knowledge both of betting and of the sport in order to increase your chances of winning. In this article, we are going to take a look at some important information and tips for the intermediate football bettor to incorporate. UFA
Increasing your knowledge of the game
Odds are that if you don`t understand downs, special teams, and know the better teams in the leagues you would not be betting on football in the first place. Now that you are going to be risking more money, and more frequently, you have to think about expanding your knowledge base no matter what level you are betting at.
The first thing to do is to look at games that go deeper than the major teams in the league. While games between teams with losing records might not draw fan interest the way the big teams do, they often present good chances at high value bets for sports bettors.
High value bets are ones where you pay less in order to win more. Lines and spreads have less difference than in poor value games. For example, a game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers lists the Patriots at -220 and the 49ers at +180. Whether you put money on the favorites or the dogs, it`s a poor bet.
Why? Well, in order to get just $100 on a Patriots win, you have to bet more than double that amount. If they lose, which they might, you stand to lose a lot of money. On the other hand, there is every chance that the 49ers will lose, which means you STILL lose a lot of money.
Instead of games involving teams with very different levels of skill, look instead for games where the teams have a slight difference. Better yet, look for teams (such as the Washington Redskins) who have incredible fan backing even though they might not play very well. Lots of times, the fan betting skews the odds so that teams with lots of fans look like favorites even though skill wise, they are dogs.