Sports betting is one of those human activities which seems to attract a whole host of myths, stories, supposed events and apocryphal tales, most of which have little basis in fact. While many people may well feel that some kind of mysterious conspiracy, or other unknown factors, control their betting on sports, the truth about the activity is actually fairly mundane.
One of the more common myths that surround betting on sports is that games are habitually fixed. While there have been some high profile cases of match fixing across the world, in Italian soccer for example, as well as some high profile cases in cricket, corruption of this kind is relatively rare. This is for one good reason. Fixing results, especially in team sports, is exceptionally difficult.
While some sports have key positions, like quarterback in American football or halfback in rugby league, who can influence a game, they can rarely lose it on their own. Corrupting every player involved in a game would be a mammoth undertaking, especially in American sports, with its huge rosters.
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Secondly, many inexperienced Bodog sports gamblers might well bet on teams who are ‘due’ a victory or defeat. This is especially common when teams go on a long winning streak. The problem with betting on teams who are on streaks is that there is no real way of knowing when, or how the streak will end. The best sportsbook bettors therefore take little account of long streaks, and instead weigh up a wider consideration of both the individual and collective form of teams in games. It is far more useful to gamblers to take a closer look at the actual details of a team or player’s performance, rather than rely on some kind of instinct that a pattern is likely to change suddenly.
Another myth about online sports gambling is that the bookies have some kind of secret knowledge of injuries. Injuries to key players, in any sport, do, of course, make a difference to how odds are set. Sometimes, the real state of a player’s health is not revealed by the club, for their own tactical reasons, before a game. Bookmakers, however, tend to know about injuries such as this, as well as more public ones, and set their odds and lines accordingly. Most injuries are accounted for in the points spread, and bookmakers will set odds which take full account of the injury state of a team’s squad or roster. There is in actual fact very rarely an injury which is entirely secret, and teams adjust tactically to cope with them. Someone will always know about an injury, and the odds will nearly always reflect that. Last minute injuries can have more of an effect, but ‘secret knowledge’ is actually almost non-existent when it comes to injury.
One more myth which concerns sports betting, and sports in general, is that the media pundits supposedly know best. Many punters who are unfamiliar with the way in which the sports media works may well feel that the television or radio analysts have some kind of expert knowledge which makes them able to predict games. While many pundits are very good an analyzing what has already occurred, predicting what is about to happen is a different thing entirely. Pundits in a studio also have access to a massive range of ready prepared information, and a team of people on hand who can fill any gaps in that information very quickly indeed. So while a wise Bodog sportsbook fan takes notice of what the ‘experts’ have said, trusting them entirely is unlikely to bring much success.
The best online sportsbook gamblers should therefore have no illusions about their betting. There are no mysteries and myths out there waiting to be discovered by lucky punters. Successful sports gambling comes down to the punter’s own knowledge and expertise, along with a huge slice of good luck. These are but some tips on how to be successful at online sports betting. Unfortunately, much gambling success, like many other things in life, can be a mixture of both graft and good fortune.