Deciding Which Sports to Bet On
Successful sports betting is essentially all about making the right decisions, mostly about what selections to put your money on. There are, however, a few other important decisions you need to make, particularly if you're taking your sports betting seriously and hoping to make any kind of consistent profits.
One such decision is about which sport, or sports, you are going to bet on. This is a really easy decision for some bettors, but it's also one that a lot of bettors struggle with.
There are some betting experts who will tell you certain sports are the best options, and they may well be able to make a case for their views. However, we feel that choosing which sports to bet on is very much a personal decision, and the right choice will not be the same for everyone.
We can't, therefore, tell you which sports you should be betting on. What we can do, though, is give you some advice on the two key factors that we believe you should consider when making this decision. This is exactly what we have done in this article.
Your Sports Knowledge
It's perfectly possible to make money from betting on sports that you aren't particularly knowledgeable about. If you bet primarily based on statistics or trends, for example, you may be able to find value bets in sports that you don't really understand or follow closely. If you're skilled enough at identifying trends or interpreting statistics, your level of sports knowledge may not actually be that important.
However, it's probably fair to say that most people are more likely to find value in sports that they are familiar with. If you follow a sport closely, you are naturally going to be up to date with the various factors that can affect the likely outcome of matches or events. You'll probably also be able to interpret how these factors will have an influence.
For example, let's say you're a big soccer fan who pays very close attention to a particular league and has a good fundamental understanding of the sport. If you regularly watch games, and read match reports, you will have a very good idea of how each team in the league plays. You'll also have a good idea about which players are particularly influential for their teams, and which players and teams are in form at any given time.
When it comes to picking the likely winner of an upcoming match, you should be able to make an informed judgment. If you're familiar with the styles the two opposing teams employ, you can potentially use your soccer knowledge to determine how effective these styles will be against each other. If you're aware of the form of the two teams, and their respective star players, you can take a view on what kind of effect this will have on the result.
Basically, you can use your knowledge and understanding to make an accurate assessment of how a match is likely to play out. This doesn't mean you'll always be able to predict the result correctly, but it does mean you'll have a good chance of finding opportunities where the odds of a possible result are higher than they should be. If you consistently place wagers at odds that are higher than they should be, you'll almost certainly win money in the long run.
Your Preferred Betting Style
Your preferred betting style will also have some impact on which sports are suitable for you to bet on. For example, you might like to bet heavily on favorites that have a very high chance of winning. If this is the case, it obviously makes sense to bet on sports where such opportunities present themselves reasonably regularly.
Tennis would potentially be a suitable sport for you, as the early rounds of tennis tournaments often feature matches where top players are up against players ranked much lower than them. The top players will be big favorites, and they can be expected to win these matches the vast majority of the time. Whether or not they win often enough to make up for the very low odds is something you'll have to work out for yourself of course.
Your betting style isn't only about the odds that you bet at, so there are other criteria you may want to consider too. If you like to make selections based heavily on the research and analysis of data, for example, then you should bet on sports where there's enough data readily available. If you like to make selections based on watching how the odds or lines move, and then following the money, then you should bet on sports that are popular and attract a lot of betting.
We should point out that these are just a few examples of how your betting style should influence which sports you choose to bet on. The main point is simply that you should ideally take your betting style into account. You're unlikely to consistently find good betting opportunities on sports which don't really fit your style.
Of course, you could do things the other way around if you preferred. If there are some sports that you absolutely want to bet on, you can always choose a betting style that's suitable for them.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing which sports you should bet on. It's ultimately a personal decision, and only you can decide what's right for you. If you want to just bet on the most popular sports, that's fine. If you want to simply bet on the sports which you enjoy watching the most, that's fine too.
With that being said, we do advise that you should take the two factors we have discussed here into consideration. We believe that you'll increase your overall chances of success if you choose to bet on sports that you are knowledgeable about, and that fit your preferred betting style.
Author: Brad Johnson
Updated: March 2015
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