Our moms taught us not to make assumptions, but even so, we’re going to assume that
you’re probably here…and assume that you’re probably here because you are brand new to
sports betting and trying to figure out the best sports for you to bet on. If
we’re wrong, please don’t call our moms. But if we’re right, you’re in luck,
because we are going to walk you through everything that you need to know to
choose which sports you should be betting on.
By the time you get to the end of this guide, you’ll have a firm grasp on
which sports you should be betting on. Depending on your sports betting goals,
this could be a big decision, or at least one that is going to have a lasting
effect on your future sports betting endeavors. We highly recommend that you
take a few minutes to read this guide from top to bottom to make sure that you
don’t miss any vital information.
The First Decision – Profit vs. Entertainment
Before we can talk about what sports you should be betting, you need to have
an honest heart-to-heart with yourself. You are going to have to decide what
your end goal with sports betting is. The answer to that question will have a
profound effect on which sports you should choose to bet on.
When it comes to sports betting, there are two main reasons that people do
it. The first reason is for entertainment. People love to have a sweat on a game
to make things more exciting or to make a game they normally wouldn’t be into
more interesting. Many people use sports betting as a recreational hobby, and we
think that is great.
The other reason that people sports bet is to make money. But wait, doesn’t
everybody bet with the intention of making money? Yes, of course. But what we
are talking about here are people who want to use sports betting as a source of
income. These are people that are taking things very seriously and want to have
sports betting as an additional income source or potentially as their sole
source of income as a professional bettor. Everyone wants to make money when
they bet, but to these people, it’s important that they win.
Is either of these goals better than the other? Nope! Honestly, most of the
people who get into sports betting do it for entertainment purposes. Sure, the
idea of doing it for a living is appealing, but there’s only a small group who
have the aspirations to take things that far. That being said, there is nothing
wrong with having lofty goals for yourself when it comes to sports betting. What
you will see (including in this guide) is that betting with a profit goal in
mind requires additional work and effort that some people just aren’t interested
Before you go any further with this guide, take a minute to decide which
direction you want to go with your sports betting. Remember, just because you
choose entertainment as your main goal does not mean that you’re not betting
with the intention of making money. What we’re saying is that you’re okay with
sacrificing a little bit of an edge in the name of fun. You’re not making your
bets with the intention of paying your bills. That is the difference we are
trying to make.
Now that you know what your goal is, let’s talk about how that should be
applied to which sports you choose to bet on.
Betting What You Know
For those of you who decided profit was your main goal, you’re going to want
to stick to betting the sports that you know exclusively. Why? It’s simple.
Winning at sports betting is about making correct picks. You’re not going to be
able to consistently make correct picks on a sport that you don’t understand.
To take it a step further, you really should only be betting on sports that
you consider yourself an expert on. Beating the books is tough, and it’s a game
that operates on very tight margins. If you aren’t sticking to what you know,
you’re not going to have much luck turning a profit.
And to take things even one step further, you should make sure that you’re
only betting on the teams and players that you know.
Let’s say that
you’re going to be betting on MMA. You consider yourself an MMA expert. Does
this mean that you know every fighter out there? You probably don’t unless you
are fully immersed in the sport. In this example, we would recommend that unless
you are using some sort of mathematical strategy to bet based on statistics, you
should stick to betting the fighters that you know. Otherwise, it puts you in
the same boat of betting on things that you don’t fully understand.
Sticking to betting on what you know can be tough for a lot of sports bettors
for several reasons.
First It Requires You to be Honest With Yourself
Just because you casually watch a sport or think that you’re an expert doesn’t really
mean that you are.
You’ve got to be brutally honest with yourself on whether or
not you really are an expert on the sport. If you aren’t an expert, that’s okay.
Don’t bet at first and dedicate some time to learning the sport and becoming an
expert. Then, when you finally start making bets, you’re going to be cleaning up
Please, if you don’t take anything else from this guide, at least promise us
that you will be honest with yourself when it comes to deciding on whether or
not you are an expert on a sport.
Remember, none of these sports are going
anywhere for a long time, so there should be no hurry for you to start betting
immediately. With some dedicated study, it shouldn’t take you long to get
yourself up to par to start firing some bets.
The Second Reason That This Can be Hard for Sports Bettors…
Is that sports
bettors are known for loving action. You don’t get into sports betting if you’re
someone who is risk-averse and likes quiet and relaxing hobbies. You get into
sports betting initially because you love the action and you love the sweat that
the games and the bets bring. This is great from an entertainment standpoint but
can be your Achilles’ heel if you don’t get it under control.
If you want to make a long-term profit betting on sports, you need to stick
to the sports that you are an expert on. If you aren’t an expert on a sport, but
you want to bet it, take some time to put in the work to become an expert BEFORE
you start firing off bets.
Betting What You Don’t Know
If entertainment is your main goal, you’re free to bet on absolutely anything
that your heart desires. This doesn’t mean that you should make wildly silly
bets, but if you want to, go for it! The point is that when you’re betting for
entertainment, you should be doing whatever makes you happy and brings you that
entertainment. If you want to bet on an obscure sport that you know nothing
about, go for it! If you want to bet on teams you’ve never heard of because you
want something exciting to watch, go for it!
Remember, your main goal should still be to try to make some money, but as
long as you’re having fun and not losing an arm and a leg, you’re winning.
Betting for recreational purposes is probably the most popular form of betting
and is the real end goal of most bettors. There’s nothing wrong with making a
little extra cash, though, while you’re having fun.
Learning a New Sport
There is one exception where betting on a sport that you don’t know is okay
if your end goal is profit or a professional sports betting career. This is
going to be less of a strategic tip for your bottom line, but more of a tip to
help you keep focus. Learning a new sport with the intentions of betting on it
in the future can be a grueling task. You may find yourself bored and less
interested than you probably should be.
Betting can help. What we recommend doing is making a few smaller bets on
some of these new sport games or matches to help keep you interested during the
learning process. There are a few key “rules” that you need to pay attention to,
though. First, we said small bets. You should not be firing off the same sized
bets you would on a sport that you are an expert on. Bet much, much smaller
where it really isn’t going to have an effect on your bottom line but is enough
to keep you interested.
You can consider this a cost of doing business. It’s much like an investment
in your education. By putting up a few bets that you very well may lose, you
allow yourself to focus more on learning and paying attention to the games. This
will help you to get more out of your research and get to the point where you
can start making profitable bets sooner. You also open yourself up to be able to
catch mistakes that could be made, but for a much smaller price. You may end up
seeing something that you messed up, but it only will end up costing you a small
bet instead of a normal-sized bet.
If you don’t need to do this to stay interested in learning a new sport, then
don’t do it. This is only for people who need a little bit of sweat to keep
their minds interested in what they are doing. Eventually, you’ll be an expert
on the sport and will be making bets more in line with your regular sizing, and
this won’t be an issue. We only wanted to mention it in case you are here
looking to expand your array of sports that you bet on.
One Additional Exception
Okay, we lied. There is actually one other exception when we think it’s okay
to bet on sports that you might not be that knowledgeable on, even if your goal
is profit or a professional betting career. Before we tell you the exception, we
want to put out a disclaimer. This is a tip that is NOT going to help your
bottom line. This tip will most likely have a negative impact on your bottom
But we understand that people are human, and we want to try to give you a
plan that you realistically can stick with. This is like when you start a diet
and you plan to run twenty miles a day, and then the next thing you know you are
running zero miles because you chose an unrealistic workout plan that you
couldn’t stick to. We’re trying to give you that “workout plan” that gets the
job done but still lets you be a normal human being.
The exceptions we are talking about are the major sporting events for each
We’re talking about the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup,
and any other once-a-year championship event that you love to watch.
While we are advocates of only betting the sports that you’re an expert on, we know that
it would kill the heart of a sports bettor if they didn’t have at least
something riding on the biggest moments of the sports calendar.
So you have our “permission” to place some bets on these major events, as
long as you are aware that it is probably going to be counterproductive to your
overall bottom line. If you can get by without placing them or with placing
smaller bets, then go for it. We’re only introducing this exception in case you
need it to make it through the year. This is like the diet cheat meal. If you
can get by without the cheeseburger once a week, you’re going to end up better
for it. But if you have to get some 100% Grade-A Angus beef in your belly once a
week, we aren’t going to frown upon it.
This only applies to the once-a-year championship of a sport, and
we are only referring to one bet. Why are we reiterating that? Well, here are a
few examples we know some of you are going to use to try to bend the rules. Just
because the UFC has the word “championship” in its name, it doesn’t mean we are
giving you the okay to bet every single one of those cards if UFC is not your
specialty. This also doesn’t mean that you should be betting every single title
fight in the UFC or boxing or any other combat sport with a bunch of different
divisions and weight classes.
Secondly, just because March Madness is once a year, this doesn’t mean that
we want you betting every single basketball game in the bracket and destroying
your yearly profits you’ve gained from the sports that you know. We’re referring
to placing one bet on the championship game of the bracket, and that’s it.
We aren’t here to sound like your mothers; we just want you to succeed. If
your end-of-the-day goal is to be a long-term winner at sports betting, then you
are going to need to exercise some discipline to get yourself over the finish
The Final Word
By now, you should have a pretty strong idea of which sports you should be
choosing to bet on. If you’re in it solely for the money, you’re going to want
to stick to what you know. Bet only the sports you honestly are an expert at and
only bet the teams/fighters/games that you understand and know the best. If
you’re in it for fun and entertainment, the world is your oyster. Feel free to
bet on whatever sports you’d like, and have a ball. You’re a winner as long as
you’re having fun, and any money you win is just an added bonus.
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