How to Optimize Your Selection Process in Sports Betting

Posted by Joe Solari on May 10, 2016 in

Sports betting can be as simple and complicated as you want it to be, depending on the process in which you choose to select or optimize your bets. The good news is that you actually don’t need much knowledge to optimize your sports picks and bets, which makes it rather easy to have a lot of fun and make profits in your betting endeavors without having to learn a great deal.

The bad news, sadly, is that making good selections on a consistent basis or making money dependably in sports betting is not easy, meaning you have to put a lot of effort and learn a lot in order to become a professional gambler with consistent success. Here are some strategies to help change your selection process for the better…

How to Optimize Your Selection Process in Sports Betting



Professional Selectiveness

True as it may be that placing many wagers or betting huge amounts of money provides better opportunities to make huge profits, professional betting calls for you to be selective with the bets you place. Some of the areas that you can apply this selectivity include (but are not limited to):


  • The amount of money to bet over a given period
  • The number of sports and sporting events to bet on
  • The value of the odds/lines you should bet on
  • The types of bets to place (i.e. point spread, game totals, moneylines)


Avoiding Emotionality in Picks

It is one thing to love or support a team; it is another to bet your house on that team just because you hope or wish that they will win a game. We would tell you to avoid betting on the teams or players you love because the emotionality will cloud your judgment, but we know that the temptation is often too hard to resists, so we’ll just advise you to maintain objectivity if and when you do decide to pick such teams.

The other side of emotionality is to avoid getting complacent when you are on a winning run or letting losing skids lead you into bad betting decisions.

Always Seek for Value Bets

By value bets, we simply refer to assessing sportsbetting lines, and then going for the odds that offer the most value with lesser risks and opportunities for more profits. Betting $1000 dollar on a heavy favorite to win just $100 dollars is plain silly, just in the same way wagering on teams with underestimated odds is unadvisable. Do your research, make calculations, and always keep an eye out for lines that will offer most value to you. Mind you, value can also come by shopping for good sportsbooks rather than just good odds.


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Weighing between Rewards and Risks

Like any good business, a good cost-benefit analysis is essential if you are to make the right sportsbetting selections. The rule here is pretty simple; if the risks outweigh the rewards, keep off and vice versa.

Other Related Factors: Besides the above-mentioned elements, ensure that you observe other relevant selection process essentials like good money management, statistical and performance analysis, and betting trends, among others.