Top Tips for Bettors
I thought it would be a good idea to use the blog section to cover other gambling-related topics.
First up is sports betting! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner when it comes to betting, there are a number of things you need to know. Areas such as how to find the best places to bet, how to best spread your money to minimise losses, and knowing when to call it quits. We’re here today to give you some of our top tips to follow if you currently engage in betting activities, or are looking to start.
When the fun stops, stop!
This is an old slogan from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) that has been used for many years to address problem gambling. It makes an incredible point too, because gambling can be fun, but when you’re suddenly chasing losses and worrying about what your partner will say when she finds you spent your mortgage payments on a few rounds of Blackjack, that’s not fun. And the whole point of this campaign was to try and help people identify when they were getting to that place so they could stop before things got bad.
However, it wasn’t deemed effective enough, and so new campaigns have been brought in now, with the main one being “take time to think”. It’s all about trying to prevent people even getting to the point where it is no longer fun, and having them think “can I afford to place this bet?” and “am I in a position to gamble responsibly?”. By doing so, they’re hoping people will practice safer and more responsible gambling that can be done for enjoyment, and not ruin someone’s life financially.
So if you’re not in a position where you can really afford to bet, don’t. It doesn’t matter if you have a gut feeling, or someone gave you a tip, nothing is a dead cert in betting. Everything has a risk. So don’t risk more important things like your mental health over something like backing the wrong horse because Geoff down the pub told you his mate knows a guy who heard a stable boy saying a horse race was fixed.
Finding the best sites
Once you know that you’re in a position to bet safely and responsibly, you want to find the best sites possible. There are a number of ways you can do this, and a number of indicators to look for. One tip is to check out something like this bookmaker review, because reviews are great for finding out which sites are better for some things, but maybe not so great for others. A good example would be a site that offers good customer service and looks after their customers, as opposed to one that people often complain about because they can never speak to an operative when needed.
As well as reviews, you can also ask any friends who bet as well. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and it statistically takes three times longer for positive experiences to make it around than negative ones, because we all love to complain. So if someone is telling you of a positive experience they’ve had with a specific betting site or high street bookmaker/casino, then you know you can trust their word. You may even both get a thank you bonus if you tell certain sites who referred you.
And talking of bonuses, that’s another thing to keep your eyes out for. Some sites may offer the best welcome bonus, but after that, what do they offer? Do they have free bets available? Do they offer you free spins or have games they invite all their customers to play for a chance to claim a cash prize? Not all places do, but some are excellent for it because they know how important it is to keep hold of existing customers. So it’s not just about rewarding new players, but existing ones too. Again, you may find out about this in both reviews and by word of mouth as mentioned above.
Don’t just stick to one place
I know we just discussed how to find the best sites, but don’t necessarily just stick to one place. There are a number of reasons why, the biggest being because different places offer different odds. It may be someone like William Hill is sponsoring an event, so they will offer better odds than another rival. It could be that somewhere has their own little side games, such as how many casinos have a perfect pairs game when playing Blackjack where you’re rewarded if you are handed two cards of the same value, with odds increasing if they are identical cards.
The idea of different odds from different places also offers you a special chance to guarantee you won’t lose money. This is called Armitage Betting, and is basically when you utilise the best odds of different places, putting different amounts on every outcome, in the effort to guarantee you’ll make a profit. For this to be extremely successful, you need to use large amounts of money, and it also helps to take advantage of bonuses or free bets that may be available too. It’s not necessarily always possible to find odds that make it work, but using different websites increases your chances.
Have a strategy
Now strategies don’t always work, as many are just based on superstitious nonsense. However, that doesn’t mean all of them are a load of rubbish. You can easily find existing strategies for games like Keno with a quick search, then you can research them to see what works for you. One of the top strategies proven to increase odds is counting cards in Blackjack for example, but you have to be careful doing so because it is frowned upon, and in Las Vegas, there is a high chance you will be escorted off site by security, and not in the most friendly of manners.
Strategies can also be linked to knowing when to stop. You go in, you set your limits, you know when to say enough is enough. This way, you get to have some fun, enjoy the entertainment, but never go too far over the edge where fun turns into trouble. So yeah, always have a strategy, whether it be for how you play a game, or how you want you evening to plan out.
There you have it, some of our top tips for people both old and new to betting. Many of them may seem obvious to you now, but it’s easy to lose yourself when you’re caught up in the moment. And sometimes we overlook the most obvious solutions. Hopefully, these tips help some of you out, and if so, we’d love to hear what worked for you particularly. Even if you have some tips of your own, it’d be great to see what other tips other people follow to ensure for the best betting experiences.
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