In the material, we will name five basic principles that every bettor should remember when placing bets on sports events, and we will tell you in more detail about each of them.
Even over the years, betting strategies have not yet guaranteed ultimate success. At the same time, there are several basic principles, seemingly simple, however, if you strictly adhere to them, you can ultimately become a successful bettor.
Knowledge of these principles will be useful, of course, first of all for beginners, however, experienced players who “have eaten more than one pood of salt” may rediscover them for themselves, or understand what they previously made strategic mistakes.
Strive for the ultimate goal
At some stage, a number of players lose their bearings and no longer understand what they really want from betting. This may not be the case for those who place bets solely for fun, but everyone else is undoubtedly looking to make a profit in the end.
However, you should not measure your own success for each bet made, because even with the most accurate prediction, there is always a case when, for example, an absurd ricochet in the last seconds of a football or hockey match deprives you of a seemingly sure win. Therefore, every bettor should be aware that sports betting is a game in which it is important to stay at your best in the long term, despite the ups and downs.
Do not pay too much attention to individual bets. In practice, this means that, having lost, you should not immediately, as they say, on a hot head, make attempts to “recoup” the lost amount – on the contrary, you should carefully analyze the reasons for the defeat so as not to be mistaken next time.
On the other hand, if you win, you should not be overly enticed by the feeling of excitement – this leads to placing rash or unreasonable bets. Players must always understand the consequences of their decisions in a week, month or year.
Betting requires persistence, patience and dedication. Success never comes overnight. Yes, it happens that newbies are lucky, but remember that you can lose everything the very next day. Analyze each bet, whether it won or lost, do not stop there and remember the final goal.
Research your competitors
Newbies, placing bets at one of the bookmakers, believe that they need to beat the bookmaker. The logic here is simple: since the office accepts money from them, and then, in the event of a winning bet, returns it with a profit, it means that it is she who is the rival. Only over time comes the understanding that in fact the bettor is not fighting with the bookmaker, but with the market, more precisely, with other players on the market who have made the opposite bet.
At the same time, it is obvious that if you win, it means that some other player who lives, possibly, on the other side of the world, has lost. The bookmaker, for any outcome of a particular event, will be in the black due to the margin included in each coefficient; otherwise all “beeches” would have gone bankrupt long ago and ceased to exist.
After the publication of the initial coefficients (the so-called “opening line”), their further change is due, among other things, to the rates of other market participants – it is with them that you compete for the final reward. Moreover, such rivalry is relative: the best will always be the one whose predictions are most accurate.
Learn from mistakes
Even the most experienced professional bettors cannot win consistently. Perhaps they made the most accurate prediction, found the most ineffective coefficient, but they still lost due to chance. In this case, most likely, nine out of ten times their bet would have played, but not this one. Therefore, you shouldn’t be upset about every lost bet.
Someone thinks that the professionals in the world of betting have found a gold mine for themselves, and lead a carefree and luxurious life, enjoying the feeling of their own superiority over all other, less fortunate betters. In fact, their work is painstaking and far from the easiest work, and they gain an advantage over the market not due to the fact that they win almost all the time, but due to the fact that they are less likely to lose than others.
Losses must be learned to overcome, and this is best done in the following way. If your bet did not work, analyze it, “scroll” from all sides, and ask yourself if you did everything right, and you would place the exact same bet another time. If yes, don’t hesitate to move on. If the answer is no, you may need to reconsider your approach or your overall strategy.
Come to terms with the impossibility of controlling everything
It is important to remember that no matter how hard we try, we cannot fully control all the distortions associated with a particular sporting event, and, therefore, we can never be 100% sure of the success of our bet. This is difficult for many to come to terms with, and this sometimes provokes them to make inadequate betting decisions.
Meanwhile, such distortions can affect everything from selective memory and changing previous opinions to the reason why we make or do not make a certain bet. By their definition, they lead us to deviate from rational judgment, which does not bode well in a world of money-related risks.
Manage your game account
A bet of one thousand or one million rubles can have the same value for two different players. Regardless of its value, optimizing your gaming account is one of the main keys to long-term success. Money management plays an incredibly important role in betting. If you are betting to make money, the difference between a successful career and going broke lies in maintaining your pool by maximizing your potential winnings and limiting potential losses.
To get the most out of your bet, you need to not only optimize the amount of each individual bet, but also take into account the odds of their placement. The difference between the odds of 2.12 and 2.14 may seem tiny, but in the long run, even it matters. At the same time, an extra 10 rubles added to the amount of a potentially winning bet can bring a total profit of several tens of thousands per year, and these are completely different numbers.
We hope the principles outlined here will help you when placing your bets.