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A few do’s and don’ts when betting on football accumulators

Daisy Henry

Daisy Henry

This author is a HUGE fan of Sports Betting
Daisy Henry

I always pick a 4 team accumulator of 4 draws amongst my bets as the odds for a match finishing all square rarely goes below 2/1.

If you look through the paper and fancy a certain team then make sure you pick them. There are my top 10 tips for gambling on football accumulators. Don’t get sucked in by this as they are just as likely (or unlikely) as everyone else to pick a winning accumulator. If you feel the need to bet on quite a few teams then i’d suggest a low stake as the chances of winning are incredibly small.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

DON’T ADD TEAMS WHO’S ODDS ARE TOO SHORT

When picking your teams it is often easy to just go for a team to win and forget about the other result, a draw. The chances are that if you don’t they will win and the team you chose in their place at the last minute will let you down. Back your own judgement, nobody elses.

DON’T LET THE HEART RULE THE HEAD

DON’T IGNORE THE DRAW

KNOW YOUR BOOKMAKERS

It’s easy to get carried away when filling out your betting slip as you watch the odds rise, sometimes you almost convince yourself that you can’t lose. They add very little to your overall winnings and there is always the chance that they can let you down and not even win at all. You can often talk yourself around to the idea of betting on someone else, and in my experience it only leads to disappointment. A pointless bet in my opinion.

Now and again you will see ex footballers giving their advice on who to pick and who to stay clear of. What i pay attention to is their special offers when signing up and what they offer customers¬†on a regular basis. It’s easy to have have a blinkered view when it comes to your team.

Now let me start by telling you that this isn’t some great foolproof betting system that never fails as they simply don’t exist.

BET FOR ENJOYMENT

DON’T ADD TOO MANY TEAMS

Ok so this is an obvious one but it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment. I thank you for reading and i hope you found this hub helpful. Here’s my guide:

If you aren’t enjoying betting on sporting events then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. If you do lose your money then walkaway, it’s as simple as that. Also it’s good to scour the internet to see what people make of a certain bookmakers customer service help lines. What this is, is a few tips on what to do and what not to do when betting on football accumulators, no guarantees, no 99.9% accuracy nonsense, just things that in my opinion you NEED to know and realise before even attempting to place your bet. The cold, hard fact is that if you’re betting on accumulators then it’s pretty likely that you’re going to lose, however, if you follow the steps above then i believe you will eliminate some of the most common mistakes made when making your selections. When there is money at stake you want to know that you can get hold of the company in question and get the help you require.

DON’T LISTEN TO THE “EXPERTS”

If a team is 1/7 to win then i don’t even consider it as there is absolutely no value in them. Feel free to leave any comments below.

BET ON WHAT YOU KNOW. It’s pointless me betting on the Argentinian league or the Brazilian league as i wouldn’t have a clue what i was doing, So i just normally stick to the English leagues, as it’s easier for me to spot a bet that i think is good value.

So there it is. If you can’t walkaway then you shouldn’t be betting.

DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND

Now most online bookmakers will guarantee the best odds so i don’t pay too much attention when i read that. It’s not a way to make an extra income (although it does feel great when you win) If the enjoyment has gone then it only spells trouble.

When betting on football i only bet on teams and leagues that i know about. I tend to stick with 4 or 5 teams at the most, even then it’s hard enough. Looking back on it if i was a neutral then i probably wouldn’t have picked them. Set yourself a limit before you start betting, a figure that you know you can afford to lose. Go with your initial instinct.

I make a point of never including my beloved Stoke City in any of my accumulators. The reason for this is i have included them before and they have been the only team to let me down on more than one occasion. Also if you don’t fancy a team in the first place then don’t change your mind. Gambling to me is a form of entertainment, just like going to the cinema is for other people. Just because they used to play the game means nothing

Cantor Gaming Announces In-Running Wagering for The NFL Season

Daisy Henry

Daisy Henry

This author is a HUGE fan of Sports Betting
Daisy Henry

Amaitis said the bets that will be offered through In-Running are:

“In-Running is particularly well suited for football because of the

popularity of the game and the huge number of football fans interested

in sports betting. The NFL

season is immensely popular with sports betters and we’re excited to

extend our product offerings to The Venetian and Palazzo.”

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with Tennessee at Pittsburgh on September 10. Amaitis added, “In-Running is hugely successful at the M’s Race &

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The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas. With In-Running, customers can place bets during the

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Don’t Be a Square: 10 Tips for Betting on Football

Daisy Henry

Daisy Henry

This author is a HUGE fan of Sports Betting
Daisy Henry

Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns.

8. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. “Teams play inspired ball at home.

Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005). Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says.

“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says.

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

9. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor.

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

7. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses.

“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years.

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

2. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites.

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football.

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6. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game.

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says.

4. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”

Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker.

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says.

10. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books.

So, how much should you bet a game?

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

And where does all that money go?

1. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

5. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises