Merge the two greatest interests of modern man, gambling and sports, into one enthusiastic hobby and what have you got? The answer is sports gambling. Men (and now Women too) cheering loudly when their team scores may mean money was bet on the game.
What could be more ingenious? Visit a Sports Bar on a Saturday afternoon, anywhere across the USA, and the men cheering loudest in front of the flat screen tvs, in almost all instances, have placed their bets and are now making the most racket. Think about it. With every sport there are always certain games everyone talks about. These are the Headline games, when a number one team meets number two or three. This could be the instate game where the University OF meets So and So State. Never has the outcome of these games changed the course of history, or had lasting impact longer than a season or two.
We've been overwhelmed by Hype and Underwhelmed by game performance. We've all seen the three touchdown favorite end up losing to a "no name team" by three touchdowns, or more. In order to get some of the sports betting action, spectators try to guess who will win the upcoming games. My guess is as good as yours, their guess is as good as mine. As the clock runs out, this friendly little "game" called sports gambling may see a lot of money change hands.
It might sound addicting, but sports betting is really just a fun way to bond with friends. You can bet a little amount of money and have a good time. Sports online gambling promises the game will pack more punch if the outcome is suddenly meaningful. The entire duration of the game becomes more thrilling and exciting. Besides the obvious, no one will ever get rich betting sports, and very few of us has any real connection to the athletes piled up on the field. Sports gambling can be done on a budget and the kids will rarely have to wait for a new pair of shoes.
To place a bet, all you have to do is go to an online sportsbook casino, which is a place that accepts sports bets. In the United States, there is ONE major state where sports betting is legal. If you can't afford the airfare, and are willing to do it illegally, you can bet sports online through an Internet sportsbook.
As long as you are of legal age (over 21), and you better be because if you hit that five team parley, the Cashier will ask for a picture ID before sending a Courier, with a big fat cashiers check, to your address.
Many of the sports you can bet are professional Baseball, professional and college Football, Basketball, Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts, Golf, Tennis, and horse and dog racing. If it's a sport... even Presidential Elections or Academy Awards, you can bet on it!
At an online Sportsbook Casino, one can bet on anything that involves sports. After all... it is sports gambling. You can bet on the overall combined score of a game, on what round will the opponent be knocked out, and even whether a coin toss in a game lands heads or tails. All you have to do is place your bet depending on the statistical odds of winning or losing.
In major sports matchups, bookies rely on statistics to help them decide which team they think will win. There is also a nasty little thing called a "point spread," which is an advantage in the form of added points given to a weaker team that is expected to lose. If Oklahoma was scheduled to play Valdosta State Agricultural College, the point spread would probably be forty or more points. It would read: Oklahoma - 40 over Valdosta State. This is the oddsmaker's way of making bets as even as possible for a Sports Book, so that no matter which team wins, the Sportsbook will make money.
Do you still believe that nonsense? Without thinking a second thought, MOST sport bettors would embezzle their company cash funds, rob their kid's piggy banks, and bet everything, including the rent on Oklahoma minus 40, -41, -42 points. Eventually, the "spread" would move up, and by gameday, it would more likely be -47 points instead of -40. You can't fool the Public. They do a fine job of fooling themselves. Why?
People usually bet Favorites early, and Underdogs late. This game, on the surface, would SEEM to be a mismatch of gigantic proportions with only one outcome in sight! Everyone knows the Oklahoma Sooners love to run up the score against everyone they play.
Game time arrives, the Announcers in the booth introduce both teams and then tell us more about Valdosta State. The team itself is mostly all Seniors, ex-NFL tryouts who had to complete their Degree requirements somewhere because of new Federal laws which were passed... that no one knew about. The Valdosta QB has a 79% completion ratio, and his top 5 receivers are averaging 7 catches per game... each. Do you feel a headache coming on? Is it too late to call off your bet?
When someone bets a team that is expected to lose, that bet can become a winner so long as the team loses withen a given number of points. In Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey... it is better to receive than to give. It's not Christmas, but oddsmakers are human, computers are human too, (at least, computer programmers are human). Their guess is as good as mine. My guess is as good as yours. And your guess is as good as theirs.
You might be asked to bet a few notches higher than the money you may actually win. This is really just the bookie's way of making more money. When betting sports, there are many different kinds of bets. There are straight bets, parlays, teasers, and over/unders. In sports betting, the most common type bet is the straight bet. All you have to do is to pick the team which you think will win. Over/under sport bets are wagers on the combined number of points scored in the game by both sides.
Parlays are combined sport bets on several games. Teasers are similar to parlays, but you can add or subtract points from the spread to make your bets stronger. This is just to show you that sports betting can be made more interesting by the variety of bets that can be placed.
Here you have it... the very basics of sports gambling. One last piece of advice: have more than one online sportsbook account. Shop them for opening and closing lines. Look for middles. What's that?
One online sportsbook will have Your Team favored by 7 and a half, and the other will have Your Team favored by 6 and a half. Bet BOTH teams, equal amounts, to win. Go mow the lawn. All you can lose is the juice. If Your Team wins exactly by 7 points (14-7, or 21-14), you will cash in at minus 6 and a half. You will ALSO cash in the other bet at PLUS 7 and a half, because the Underdog lost by seven, and the half point saved you because the final score landed in the MIDDLE.
Want to know who is going to win the big game this week? Your guess is as good as mine. There's a lot of sports betting hype out there. Don't get carried away.
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