Losing a bet is a terrible thing for the mind. When we lose, we feel like we ought to stop betting completely. But that wouldn’t be the best way to use our time. It makes more sense to turn things around and bet for the team that’s expected to lose, especially if the numbers work in your favor.
You see, a favorite team might be the fave for very superficial reasons. This is why using data to drive decisions can be extremely lucrative. Instead of it being just about getting your emotions connected with the team, you’re getting your passion for winning connected with the team that can deliver the most on your expectations.
There are a few classic tips that will help you along the way:
First and foremost, you need to have intimate knowledge of this team. Notice that we didn’t say insider knowledge, but intimate knowledge. You need to know who the players are, who the old players were, the coaches, the way they tend to play. Looking at past games will help you get an eye for the team’s playing style better than listening to all of those news shows. In fact, skip over any player interviews or coach interviews or commentator stories. The coaches aren’t going to really reveal too much on TV, where their competition could learn things. The players are also under the same pressure to keep quiet. So if you’re really trying to learn something, you’re going to have to look at other ways to get the information.
Next, you need to look around for the best odds. It’s not enough to place bets on the underdog somewhere, you have to place bets at the right place. An online sportsbook is a great idea, but a lot of people just pick whichever one has a few free bets and they call it a day. You need to go for ease of use and ability to place bets quickly and then move on. Bonus points if they have some live streams of the game, so you can watch no matter where you are. If they have a mobile interface, then that’s even better.
Finally, you need to track your underdog’s performance from the first match you bet on to the last match. How are they doing? Evaluating your underdog is important, because they might go from underdog to favorite before you can blink due to a strong uptick in performance. Keeping these tips in mind will make it a lot easier to get more consistent wins, but you still have to do your research and take action!