Six Simple Betting Tips that Can Make You Win This Football Season
Thankfully, that’s where I come in with some expert betting advice that will help you maximize your chances of cashing in early and often.
Stick to the Script!
‘Sticking to the script’ is just a new-age way of saying that first and foremost, you need to stick to the sports you know best and only expand your betting repertoire once you have learned all there is to know about a sport you may be new to wagering on.
For instance, let’s say you’re a basketball junkie that knows all about the ins and outs of betting on both, college or NBA hoops, but you’re not really a golf enthusiast or tennis follower.
Well, it may sound like simple advice, but you probably don’t want to go around making all kinds of bets on the latest golf or tennis tournaments – or should I say – at least until you become knowledgeable about those sports.
Believe it or not, many online sports bettors wager on sports they know little to nothing about and it’s a classic mistake that can cost you in the long run.
Always Do Some Research
You can go ahead and place a wager on any sporting event you like without doing any research whatsoever, but that’s a sure-fire way to lose money – and believe it or not – some online sports betting enthusiasts do this quite often. I’m a huge believe in doing the necessary research that it takes to maximize your chances of cashing in and you’ll find it to be very helpful as well.
For example, let’s say you’re about to place a wager on the Philadelphia 76ers to cover the spread on the road against the Boston Celtics because Boston’s best player is less than 100 percent, but you don;t know that Philly hasn’t covered the spread in Beantown since Benedict Arnold was running around talking about ‘The British are coming.’
Well, you could cost yourself if you didn’t take the time to do a bit of legwork that shows Boston beats and cover the spread at home against their longtime rivals about 70 percent of the time they meet in Boston, no matter who’s playing.
Make sure you always take some time, even if it’s a bare minimum, to do a bit of research into the particulars of each and every sporting event you may be thinking about betting on. If you’re not doing the requisite research, it’s kind of like betting blindly or throwing darts at a board blindfolded.
Okay, now that you’ve got a couple of tips to help you maximize your chances of winning, here are a couple of ways to really cash in big!
A parlay bet, which, depending on where you’re betting, can also be called an accumulator or combo bet, is a wager on two or more selections that are linked together and is dependent on all wagers winning.
In today’s times, not only can you can combine multiple wagers on the same sport, but you can also wager on different sports in what is called cross-sport wagering.
The most basic types of parlay wagers are point spread and Moneyline wagers. Parlay wagers involving point spreads return a fixed payout while money line parlay returns are determined by the odds of each team. A Parlay wager on points spreads and totals could offer a return that looks similar to this one.
- 2 teams 14-5
- 3 teams 6-1
- 4 teams 10-1
- 5 teams 25-1
- 6 teams 40-1
- 7 teams 75-1
- 8 teams 150-1
- 9 teams 300-1
- 10 teams 600-1
In a parlay bet, your original wager and winnings are re-invested on the next game and all selections must be correct. To make sure you understand, remember, that one loss and your parlay wager loses.
In the event of a push (tie), game cancellation or a pitcher that you have specified not starting, the parlay, depending on the sportsbook you’re wagering with, reduces to the next lower number, e.g. a four-team parlay becomes a three-team parlay. A winning parlay wager will pay several times more than the original wager but you should know that cashing in on a parlay wager gets increasingly difficult with the more wagers you add to it.
A Teaser wager is my favorite wager to make and one that I just can’t live without, seeing as how you can really boost your annual betting bankroll by nailing a few teasers. A teaser wager is a bet on two or more teams or selections that is different from a parlay in the sense that you can adjust the odds in your favor! Let me repeat that. You get to adjust the line in your favor!
For example: Let’s say the Green Bay Packers are favored by seven points (-7) in one game and the Pittsburgh Steelers are favored by 10 points in a second game. A six-point, two-team teaser would adjust the point spread six points in your favor. For example, Green Bay would now be favored by one point (7 – 6 = 1) and Pittsburgh would now be favored by four points (10 – 6 = 4).
In this scenario, players are gambling that Pittsburgh will win by more than four points (10 – 6 = 4) and Green Bay will win by more than one point (7 – 6 = 1). In todays’ online sports betting world, you can generally make up to a 15-team teaser that could potentially bring you back thousands – if you nail each and every selection!
Props bets, (short for proposition) are always fun-filled wagers that you can make within a specific matchup. For example, here is a look at some hypothetical props wagers you could make.
- First Team to Score
- Aaron Rodgers Passing Yards
- Ezekiel Elliott Rushing Yards
- Total Number of Field Goals
Did you know that you can often bet on the first team to score in both, college and NFL betting? Or maybe you’d like to bet on Aaron Rodgers’ passing yards total for a single season-ending or maybe Ezekiel Elliott’s rushing total against the Washington Redskins. While props bets are often looked at as ‘fun’ wagers to make, there’s plenty of money to be made on them if you do your research and nail a few of these value-packed props odds picks.
Last but certainly not least, futures bets are another great way to increase your annual betting bankroll no matter the sport you’re wagering on. If you’ve done your research and you’ve got a really good idea of what lies ahead, then you could potentially cash in on some valuable NBA championship futures odds or U.S. Open tennis odds. These bets are made before a new season or specific sporting event like the Indy 500, begins.
For instance, as far as the quickly approaching college and pro football seasons approach. Did you know that you can make often, massively profitable futures odds wagers on the NFL MVP or Offensive Rookie of the Year awards? Or, for college football, you can make a wager on a longshot to win the national championship or a middle-of-the-pack kind of selection to pull off the Heisman trophy upset?