Johnny Picks Football – Bet and Win Today!

If you are a genuine authority at making picks football can be a good sideline job for you! Odd as it maybe, but wagering football is gaining a stable ground at betting fields. It is one of the most sought after sports betting type and has given birth to careers of professional bettors.

Johnny who picks football can actually make himself an instant rag-to-riches story. If football is his life, betting can also be his salvation from unemployment. At these times when companies close down and downsize, betting football is not a bad option if you are focused at earning money for your family.

Spending too much time at the football field as a viewer will give you enough information about the tactics of teams, styles of players and the gossips in between. Because as you all know betting for sports does not only require knowledge on statistics. Having the inside scoops give you the emotional climate within a particular team. Are there other factors that may affect the outcomes of the game? Is the management having problems with their players? Are the players under any kind of pressure or scandals that are often associated with them because of their status and popularity? These factors can be major determinants in the long run.

If you want a future in football, you don’t need to be a player. You just need to be well-versed with any kind of football info, build a system of identifying winners and losers and you can launch your career as a professional bettor. It might not sound as encouraging as being called a professional football player, but once you get the payout for a big time bet, you can erase all doubts and apprehensions at having a gambling career.

On the average, bettors have 40-50% success rate. Those who offer 70% are simply pulling your legs. If you know the real deal, you are aware that you don’t necessarily need to bet every game. If you ask any handicapper, they’d tell you that in order for you to be successful at making football predictions, extensive research is still needed. A good strategy and well-balanced betting system makes a handicapper stand out.

Search online and you’ll even find expert tipsters and bettors offering their services. There is really no shame at this type of career because it is very profitable and having technology at the forefront makes it even easier for anyone to engage in such activity. There are even some betting simulations where you can test your betting instincts. Some agencies also offer free football picks. However you want to learn football betting one thing is crystal clear; handicapping football is a very tempting offer.

Online betting is another opportunity for anyone who picks football. There are services over the internet and betting tips are readily accessible. Johnny did not waste anymore time staring blankly at football fields and wonder how he could earn extra bucks. He found the answer right in front of him. The answer is wagering football.

Greyhound Dog Racing – How to Bet and Increase Your Chances of Winning

Greyhound dog racing has been around for many centuries and has now become a popular game that people can place their bets and win good money. However, like any other betting game, you have to study everything about it to increase your chances of winning.

Greyhound dog racing is an easy game to bet on but you have to be wise in placing your bets though as some people can also lose big money in this type of racing. The betting sure makes the race more enjoyable but make sure you have done your homework to avoid losing money.

There are different types of bets that you can do in greyhound dog racing. You can place a bet on the winning greyhound, which means you can collect if the greyhound you bet on reaches the finish line first. You can also bet on the second or third, which means you can collect if the greyhound you choose finishes first or second or if you have a ‘show’ bet, you can collect if your selected dog finishes first, second or third. There are also combination bets that you can do. You can place your bet on two, three or four greyhounds that can finish in the exact order that you chose.

Of course, choosing the dog you want to place your bet on is one of the important things in making wise bets on the greyhound races. You have to read carefully the form guide which will contain the different characteristics, weight, history of past races, the time they have finished in their past races and other relevant information that are useful in your selection.

You also have to find sportsbooks or bookmakers where you can place your bets. It is important also to scrutinize your chosen sportsbook so that your bet will be safe. Aside from finding them personally, you can also find these sportsbooks online. Then you can then start placing your bets on the selected greyhound. You can choose from the many types of bet but make sure you have examined closely your odds of winning before placing your bets. To help you decide and increase your chances of winning, learn a few tips on how to choose the best greyhound.

One of the best tools you can use in choosing your dog is the form guide. Check the age of the dog its past records and performances. Dogs usually are at its peak performance at age two and in the case of female dogs, it can be at its prime at three years, so make sure you have chosen a greyhound at its peak performance. Check closely its past races. It may be a good sign that a dog has been into recent races but not only that, you have to check its time during those past performances. Dogs that have been into recent races are most often active dogs in good shape and thus, are better choices than those who haven’t run for quite a time.

These days however, you can already make use of a software to help you determine which of the dogs has the higher probability of winning. This helps a lot especially that most greyhound dog racing events are carefully planned that the chances of winning is close and competition is tight. If you can get a hold of the software, you can then study everything about the race and make wise choice in betting without having too much effort.

Making a Guaranteed Sure Bet Profit From Soccer

If we want to find guaranteed profitable sports bets then soccer is a great sports to start with.

Soccer matches are priced up by all the big bookmakers and some nice guaranteed profitable bets are available if you know when and where to look. Sports bookmakers never miss a trick when thinking up new ways to extract your money from you and there are many inventive bets on offer.

Soccer can in many ways be about timing. The earlier the price appears the more likely there will be a sure-bet or arbitrage opportunity (arb).

Bookmakers clearly do a lot of research as soccer has now become a big earner for them. They need to do this as they are only too aware that the serious punters are becoming much shrewder in this market and will exploit any snippets of news that could give them an edge. They advertise heavily in the tabloids.

Whereas in some minor sports there may be only one odds compiler working for the bookmaker soccer is too lucrative for this any many odds compilers will work feverishly setting prices for the big bookmakers. Any European bookmaker worth its salt will offer odds on soccer, its a high revenue turnover sport.

Such is their turnover on the ever increasing soccer betting market that Ladbrokes and other such big bookmakers are willing to take a ‘big’ bet on the outcome of a match. This is clearly great news for the arb maker. This means that the maximum bets they will accept on a bet are a lot higher.

There are many types of soccer bets. Firstly there is the match winner. This is split into 3 results, win, lose or draw. Then there are the first goal scorer and the precise match score. The less obvious bets are half-time, full-time results, total corners, total throw-ins, total numbers of yellow and red cards and so on. In fact anything where odds can be set to will offer a betting opportunity.

So which are the best soccer bets to look for? Firstly forget about predicting the match score, there are too many outcomes. The first goal scorer is a waste of time too. Both these types of bets are heavily advertised but are for mug punters only, the odds consistently being offered are poor, the bookmakers regularly taking over 15% profit on the book. These bets have far too many possible outcomes. We are looking for bets with ideally 2 or 3 possible outcomes.

Other types of bet can throw up the odd arb but the main source of arbs is on the match result over 90 minutes. This is where we should concentrate most of our efforts. Clearly this falls into 3 results, win, lose or draw.

Here is an example:

Team A versus Team B.

Team A Draw Team B

Bet365 3/1

SpotingOdds 9/4

Victor Chandler 11/10

The way to play the soccer market is to open accounts with European bookmakers as the difference in opinion between UK and European bookmakers is a good source of sure bets. They both have strong opinions on this sport. They will price up the sport in their own country and the matches in foreign countries. Anything to make a profit.

Italy, for example is even more soccer crazy than the UK, with newspapers dedicated to the sport. Everyone thinks they know best on this subject and egos get in the way of sensible pricing. This is great news for us. The European bookmakers can be opinionated and where as they may well have greater detailed knowledge of the comings and goings in their own countries they are relying on third parties to collate information on their foreign counterparts.

One good starting point is in midweek games between teams of different nationalities. There is a tendency in punters to get patriotic when it comes to events where the opposition are ‘foreign’. The chances of the home team get talked up and the odds could get skewed in their favour as the weight of money is overly wagered in their direction.

Having said that the big bookmakers offer an early price, they will often advertise it in the national papers and by and large stick to it. This means that a bench mark has been set and subsequent bookmakers may take a different opinion or try to tempt money in their direction by offering different odds. If this were to happen the arb may be available for a considerable amount of time.

There are always discrepancies in odds but clearly bookmakers tend to stick around the same price. They figure there is safety in numbers. But remember they are ‘guessing’ what the odds should be just like you and me. They are basing their opinion on past experience and they might utilise statistical formulae but they still need to form an opinion on the likely outcome.

They can get it wrong and other firms can take a totally different view of the outcome of a game. A totally different view will only result in a slight variation in the odds but this can be enough to offer a sure bet profit.

Another approach is to start with the more obscure games in eg. the Spanish, Italian or Norweigen lower divisions. They can have quite lucrative discrepancies. They will be covered by a number of different bookmakers all over Europe. This does however add a complication. Although quite easy for finding arbs, the mere fact that you concentrate on these obscure matches will throw up the possibility that you are going to get spotted by the bookmakers if you concentrate your action here.

Also they are going to be reluctant to accept high maximum bets on matches where they have done little research. On the other hand it is a training ground for arb spotting and may gain you valuable experience. You need to weigh up the pros and cons of this strategy.

This is a fairly obscure area of betting and if someone was to check your account over a number of months and found solely these obscure foreign matches on your account it could ring alarm bells. The motto here is to dilute the bets by betting on as many different type of sport and events as possible so that your accounts have varied bets on them. This shouldn’t be a problem as many different sports are great for sure bets.

The more prominent European ties will also produce arbs and they are less likely to attract attention to you and the maximum bets will be higher.

As before you cannot control whether the individual bets win or lose but soccer is a 3 way result and so 2 losing bets to one winning one can be useful on your account. The point here is that not many people are interested in the lower European divisions and it may become clear that the betting pattern is a little unusual. This is especially true if your bets towards the maximum permitted.

Injury news can be a lucrative area in soccer. Think about it. If a player fails a late fitness test on a Saturday and he is the teams star striker then this will greatly affect their chances. Recently Alan Shearer turned up to play a premiership game for Newcastle but was declared unfit to play at the last minute. Newcastle were soundly beaten. I am not saying this wouldn’t have happened, I don’t know. But the odds on the game clearly changed the minute this news broke.

Some bookmakers were alert to this and altered prices as the money poured in for the opposition. Some were slow to react or would not have reacted at all. Either way arbs were available. This type of last minute frantic activity is particularly keen on the betting exchanges like Betfair where you can act as the punter or the bookmaker (lay bets).

You can find injury news through one of the many soccer web sites. Alternatively satellite television channels always have comprehensive news coverage of all the games and are quick to offer any ‘off the press’ news. Slowly the bookmakers’ prices will all change, but not all at the same time, only one by one so creating sure bets.

In this scenario where prices are changing bet on the old price first. The new price is the one that wont change the old price is the one that is about to and so may be lost if you are not quick.

To re-emphasise, arb hunting can be all about timing. When the odds are first produced or have reason to change then the arbs are much more likely to appear.

Recently the English referees have become more lenient in the issuing of yellow cards. This had an effect on the prices for the total number of bookings in a game. Some of the bookmakers adjusted their prices accordingly and others did not. This will affect the bet ranges applied for total bookings.

Let’s look at the red and yellow card market. If you didn’t know the yellow and red cards bet is calculated as 10 points for a yellow card and 25 points for a red. A player can get a maximum of 35 points in a match (10 + 25).

The betting here is normally split into 3 ranges. Under 11 points at say odds of 100/30, 11 to 30 points, at 6/4 and over 30 points, the most likely outcome, at about 11/10. This doesn’t vary much unless there is a history of animosity between the teams in which case the odds are adjusted accordingly.

Here is an example:

Team A versus Team B – Total points for red and yellow cards during the match.

Less than 11 points 11 to 30 points Over 30 points

Ladbrokes 100/30

William Hill 6/4

Victor Chandler 11/10

Usually this type of bet will not figure strongly in your plans. Also it is unusual to find information being issued that will affect the total bookings bet. But a simple piece of news like the policy for issuing cards has just changed can affect prices and lead to one or more arb. The conclusion is not to expect too much sure betting activity from the issuing of red and yellow cards but it simple enough to check the odds.

Soccer and the English football league is the basis of a lot of arb opportunities. A Saturday morning is a very hectic time in the soccer season and if you only allocate 3 hours on each Saturday morning, up to half a dozen arbs could appear every week. Equally spending the same time researching prices when they are first issued earlier in the week can equally be rewarding. Have a game plan and concentrate on how you are going to organise your trading activity.

The obscure British matches are more likely to offer an arb than one of the premiership games. This is because there is less information available on team selection and injuries. Bookmakers will spend a lot of time gathering information on the likely result of the premiership games because they are high profile but are less likely to research the more minor games. They tend to try the ‘safety in numbers’ approach and all give a similar price for the games where they have little or no current information on the outcome.

This can lead to some more informed bookmakers, who have a stronger opinion, seeking out the money by offering differing prices. This inevitably leads to arbs appearing. Injury news is clearly a news event that will change a team’s chances, so keep informed of the injury news by looking at one of the many soccer websites that are running.

As mentioned previously foreign games produce arbs on a regular basis. Whether it’s the fundamental difference of opinion between the British and continental bookmakers or just the fact that the foreign ones are going to be better informed about their own matches matters not. Variations in prices occur regularly.

Here are some recent UEFA cup examples:

Celtic versus FK Teplice (Note the odds are in the decimal format).

Celtic Win(1) Draw(X) FK Teplice Lose(2)

Sportwetten 1.45

Canbet 5.50

Canbet 13.00

Here are the odds translated to percentages:

Celtic Win(1) Draw(X) FK Teplice Lose(2)

Sportwetten 68.97

Canbet 18.18

Canbet 7.69

This resulted in an arb of about 5%. If our total stake was £1,000 we would have bet about £690 on Celtic, £182 on the draw and £77 on FK Teplice.

The interesting thing here was that Canbet make up two sides of this arb. Their thoughts were that Celtic were overwhelming favourites to win this tie and priced the match accordingly. Sportwetten, along with other bookmakers, had the Celtic win at 1.45, favourites yes, but not as much as Canbet had thought. Maybe Canbet were trying to attract a lot of money. They were certainly offering what appeared to be generous prices on FK Treplice.

Another example: Benfica versus Rosenborg:

Benfica Win(1) Draw(X) Benfica Lose(2)

Canbet 1.95

SportOdds 3.50

SportOdds 5.50

Here are the odds translated to percentages:

Benfica Win(1) Draw(X) Benfica Lose(2)

Canbet 51.28

SportOdds 28.57

SportOdds 18.18

This resulted in an arb of 2.0%. If our total stake was £1,000 we would have bet about £513 on Benfica, £288 on the draw and £182 on Rosenborg.

Not as lucrative as the previous arb but again one bookmaker, SportOdds, making all the running in terms of two generous prices and Canbet being the make weight in the bet.

These days, the major clubs have big squads and participate in at least three different competitions. Tactical switches of personnel are more common and unpredictable than injury news which is normally known a day or two in advance of a match and will focus on only one player. Be wary of personnel changes, weaker teams being fielded to save the best players for the big games.

As always, the rule is the earlier you can get a price, hopefully by phoning up before the prices are on-line, the more likely a price differential will appear. Also the period before a match results in frantic trading and can lead to price movements. With so many bookmakers offering prices they will not all move as one.

There are so many bookmakers catering for soccer that you are spoilt for choice. Terrestrial and satellite TV. This is fast becoming the best place to pick up to the minute news on injuries and team selections. Satellite TV stations literally show wall to wall coverage of soccer on Saturdays and this can be invaluable when looking for sure bets.

Sports Gambling – How to Know How Much to Bet Per Event

The most common mistake amateur and professional sports gamblers make is betting too much on individual events. A simple hard and fast rule is to never bet more than 2.5% of your sports betting balance on any given sporting event. However, before we get to the details of how much to bet there are a few basic rules that any sports gambler must remember:

Rule 1: NEVER bet more than you can afford to lose. This is the one rule that too many people ignore before it is too late. Ignoring this the rule creates all the horror stories. In sports gambling you must remember that there will be hot streaks and cold streaks and you do not want to subject your rent money or mortgage payment to any risk what-so-ever. If the money you are using to gamble is earmarked for a necessity then you should not be gambling with it. Only gamble with discretionary income.

Rule 2: NEVER bet with your heart. This, again, is one simple rule that many gamblers seem to ignore. If the Dallas Cowboys are your favorite team, you must recognize (despite what you may think) that you WILL be biased in trying to determine the winner of any of their games. The common (mistaken) logic is that because they are your favorite team you know more about that team and therefore, you should be able to make a determination about the winner of their games. Nothing is further from the truth. The problem with this logic is that you listen to biased Sports Radio regarding your team, you read biased Newspaper articles regarding your team and most importantly, you are biased about your team. The best rule to follow is to avoid betting on any game that involves a team that you have ANY allegiance toward.

Rule 3: NEVER bet on a game because it is on Television. It is okay to bet on a game that is on Television, but do not bet on a game SOLELY because it is on television.

Rule 4: ALWAYS bet the same amount on every event that you bet. To state it differently, do not play $ 250 on Pittsburgh versus Dallas, $ 150 on New England versus Indianapolis and $ 500 on Oakland versus Chicago. The only reason Sports Gamblers do this is because they feel more confident about Oakland versus Chicago, less confident about Pittsburgh versus Dallas and slightly confident about New England versus Indianapolis. All too often, the "best" pick of the day, turns out wrong, a back door cover creates a loss or a late interception causes a change in the result of the game. DO NOT FALL FOR THE 5 STAR LOCK OF THE DAY. This is why: Say Steve bets $ 500 on Oakland +7 versus Chicago; $ 250 on Pittsburgh +4 versus Dallas and $ 150 on New England -3 versus Indianapolis. Further say Tom makes the EXACT three same picks, but bets $ 300 on each game. Both gamblers have bet $ 900.00. Assume Oakland does not cover but Pittsburgh and New England do cover. Steve won 2 games and lost 1, but has lost $ 100.00 ($ 250 + $ 150- $ 500). Tom on the other hand has won 2 games and lost 1, but has won $ 300.00 ($ 300 + $ 300- $ 300). There is nothing more frustrating than having a winning percentage, but losing money.

Rule 5: NEVER bet more than 2.5% of your bankroll on any single event. If your balance in your sports betting account is $ 1000.00 then you should bet $ 25.00 per game. The reason is very simple. If you bet $ 25.00 per game you would have to lose 40 straight games before your account busted. If you bet $ 100.00 per game (10% of your balance) you would only have to lose 10 straight before your account busted. In other words, by betting 2.5% of your account balance on any given game, you INSURE yourself that you will be able to withstand even the worst losing streak. Make sure that you follow Rule # 4 as well … Do Not bet more money on one game and less on another.

Rule 6: Once you increase the amount you bet per game, DO NOT reduce the amount you bet per game. Further, you should only increase the amount you bet per game once you have increased your bankroll by 25%. Taking our example above further. If the bankroll is $ 1,000.00 then the bet is $ 25.00 per game UNTIL the original balance is increased to $ 1,250.00. At this point, the amount bet per game is increased to $ 31.25 per game (or 2.5% of $ 1,250.00). You would continue at this amount until the balance is increased against by 25% (to $ 1,560). If you would begin to lose and you fall below the last benchmark YOU DO NOT REDUCE the amount bet per game. If you do, you will find yourself in a never ending cycle.

Following these 6 simple and rather basic rules you will find that sports gambling will become less stressful and more fun.