Guide to Sports Betting

Our sports betting guide covers everything you could possibly want to know about this form of gambling. It has been compiled by seasoned bettors, and it's one of the most comprehensive sports betting resources you'll find anywhere on the internet.

If you have never placed a bet in your life we'll teach you everything you need to know to get started. We've got plenty of information and advice that those of you with more experience will find useful too, including strategy articles written by proven winners. We can even help you find the best places to bet online. We can't guarantee that we'll turn you into a successful bettor overnight, but we'll help you to develop your betting skills and improve your chances of winning.

We've divided this guide into four separate sections, making it easy for you to find the information and advice you need. If you want to jump straight to a section, please use one of the following links.

We have also compiled a comprehensive glossary of sports betting terms and a list of frequently asked questions. Additionally, we have provided a useful tool for converting odds from one format to another.

Below we have explained how this guide can help you, and detailed the contents of each of the four sections.

About Our Sports Betting Guide

Sports betting is one of the oldest forms of gambling in existence. It's also one of the most popular, and the percentage of people in the world who have placed a sports bet at some point in their life is probably quite high. However, the percentage of people that actually make money from sports betting is significantly lower. This isn't because it's impossible to do so, but rather because most people don't fully understand what it takes to be successful.

One of the fundamentally appealing aspects of sports betting is the fact that the basics are so easy to learn. This is mostly a good thing, but it does mean that some people start betting without really knowing what they are doing. The purpose of this guide is to make sure that you aren't one of those people.

Information for Beginners

We provide a wealth of information for beginners, explaining how sports betting works and what's involved. You can learn all about odds, the different bets you can place, the role of probability, and why bookmakers tend to make money. This is stuff you really should know, even if you plan on betting mostly for fun.

There are over 25 articles in our beginners' guide, including the following.

Getting Started Online

The best way to bet on sports, by quite a distance, is online. It's easy, convenient, and provides a number of advantages over traditional methods of betting. In our guide to getting started online we tell you everything you need to know about using the web for your betting.

Making Money From Sports Betting

With certain forms of gambling, such as playing casino games for example, it's chance that essentially determines whether you win or lose. No amount of strategy can overcome the fact that the odds are stacked against you. You may get lucky from time to time, but you are always likely to lose in the long run. Sports betting is different. Even though the bookmakers have an advantage, it's possible to beat them.

There are people that make a very good living from betting on sports, and there's no reason why you can't do the same. There are certain things you really need to know and do though. We've explained more about these in our sports betting essentials section, which includes the following articles.

We also have our strategy section, which covers a ton of different strategies you can use to improve your chances of winning. We explain a number of relatively basic strategies that are easy to learn and use, along with some more advanced strategies for more experienced bettors.

The following are some examples of the strategies we cover.

Legalities Of Sports Betting

Please note that the laws relating to sports betting, and in particular betting online, vary in different parts of the world. Gambling legislation tends to be targeted at those offering gambling services rather than those using them, but it's still a good idea to check what is legal in your jurisdiction.

You can find information on gambling legislation around the world in our guide to gambling laws.