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Dos and Don’ts of Online Sports Betting

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Sports betting has been a part of live sports viewing tradition for many years. It reached new heights of popularity since it crossed over to the internet, with many bookers and websites managing and procuring sportsbooks that consist of sporting events worldwide.

The purpose of placing wagers in sports is to have a more exciting experience and to earn money while watching your favorite athletic competition. Hence, analysis and some thinking are required to win a bet. Particularly now with how sports betting has evolved, with the many different odds and events that you can place wagers on, it’ll take experience to win just one bet.

If it’s just an ordinary friendly wager between you and your friends, you have more leeway to just wing it. But if you’re doing it online where there can be so much to win, then you might want to learn a thing or two before placing your wager finding a reliable betting app. To learn more about the sports betting scene online, here are the dos and don’ts of online sports betting.


Choose a suitable site

The first thing you need to do is to search for a safe, secure, and legal site to gamble in. This can be quite a difficult task because of the overwhelming number of sites that have a rich sportsbook of sporting events. You can choose to do this at random, but in doing so you might not be able to have a satisfactory experience. Here are some of the questions that a website has to answer before you decide to bet online:

  • Does it cover all the sports you want to bet on?
  • Can you bet on your mobile device?
  • Does their minimum/maximum stakes suit your bankroll?
  • Is live betting available?

These are only some of the factors that you might want to take into account. Not all will apply due to your preferences but most of them are worth considering.

Set a budget

This applies to all forms of gambling, whether offline or online. Setting your budget or creating your bankroll is vital because it’s possible that you might easily get carried away with betting online. This is to ensure that you will avoid financial issues down the road.

Make sure that you’ll only put in money that you can afford to lose, as that is what gambling entails. This also helps in setting aside your normal-life budget to your bankroll for online sports betting.

Try live betting

One of the advantages of online sports betting is the option to try in-play betting or live betting. This is where you can place bets on events as it’s taking place in real-time, rather than pre-game. It offers more chances of making money and you can analyze the situation better before placing your bets, so the risks that you can take is more calculated.

Take a long-term approach

Focus on developing a strategy that helps you to be profitable in the long term. Losing streaks that may happen to you can make you feel like you’re only giving your money away. This is why sticking to a budget is crucial, as it gives you a realistic look of where you actually stand financially.


Never assume that lines/odds/spreads are the same everywhere

As a bettor, you’re leaving points on the board if you aren’t trying to find lines that are favorable for the plays you want to make. Not every sportsbook will have the same numbers because books adjust lines based on the bets that they’re receiving. Be on the lookout if you can make the same play you want to elsewhere.

Chase losses

Chasing your losses is irrational. You’re going to go through rough stretches, but you should not make up for the losses that you absorbed in just one bet. That’s a slippery slope that you don’t want to be in. The best way is still to make up ground, one bet at a time.

Betting emotionally

Sometimes we subconsciously bet with our hearts rather than thinking about it first. Emotional bets have taken down even the most level-headed gamblers. Always place logical bets to ensure a higher winning rate.

Wrapping up

Now you’re aware of what to do and what not to do when betting on sporting events online, you should be bound to make positive choices. Remember to consider the important stuff so you can protect your money while having fun earning more. 

About the author

Luther Abrams

Luther Abrams is an online game and sports enthusiast who spent his younger years playing and watching basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and badminton games, among the many others. Today, as an early retiree, he continues to write about his love and passion for sports. On most days, he also loves to play ball with his two kids.