There is no doubt that football is the biggest and most popular sport in the world, having hundreds of thousands of players worldwide, and billions of fans across all nations. Most countries have their own local football league or team, aside from the big ones such as the English Premier League, The Champions League, La Liga, NFL, and many more. In the same way that people love the game itself, the players, and watching these high-intensity tournaments, people love betting on football, too.
This is why checking on the latest sports betting lines has already been a part of preparing for a game for most fans and bettors alike. But for newbies, football betting can be a confusing and daunting thing to do. However, it shouldn’t be–after all, there are always ways to make football betting even for newbies a smooth and easy experience.
With that in mind, here are some of the dos and don’ts you have to remember as a newbie to football betting.
Do sign up on multiple sites
Most people who are new to football betting do their research, pick from sites and apps that they have shortlisted themselves, and eventually choose one where they would sign up for an account. If they end up liking how this online bookie works, they would just stick to it for good. However, this way of wagering for football is not the ideal nor the strategic way to do it.
Rather, go shopping. In sports betting, shopping, or shopping for the odds and lines, refers to going to multiple bookies and spreading your bets across them. Don’t worry, as there is nothing foul about this and you are not bound in any way to bet exclusively on only one bookie. In fact, shopping for the lines would give you the opportunity to find better odds you can bet on and if you are lucky enough, you would end up making more profit than you normally would have you stayed only on one site.
Do make full use of bonuses given to you
One of the things that set apart online sports betting from the traditional way of doing it is that you are given bonuses and free plays by online bookies. Although these bonuses are not equal to free money and often come with strict playing conditions, they are still free chances to play. You may not make money out of these bonuses at the end, but the fun and the extra excitement it can give you are still valuable. After all, you are getting all of these for no cost at all.
Don’t chase your losses
The truth about football betting, as with all other types of gambling, is that you are more likely to lose than to win. Thus, expect to have longer streaks of losses rather than going on a roll of continuous wins. However, you should not try to chase your losses.
This is because progress in betting on football is not measured by how many times you have won a bet. Rather, it would be more appropriate to measure your progress, if you really want to, by hop much profit you have made. You may lose twenty times and lose $500 but win two bets and make a profit of $2000, outweighing your more frequent losses.
Don’t bet on your favorite team
This is one of the most common mistakes not only by newbies but even by people who have been placing bets for quite some time already. Still, this does not necessarily mean that you should never bet on your personal favorite. The point here is that you should not let your emotions and personal bias get in the way of a strategic and intelligent bet. After all, the odds and other factors may sometimes not be on the side of your favorite.