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Tips For Successful Handicapping Sports Bets

Mar 29, 2008
To get the best return on investment in betting, professionals resort to what is called handicapping. Handicapping is the process of researching and analyzing a certain sport to the point where you should be able to make an educated guess on how they will perform. In that case, you have the upper hand when going to the sports bookie to place your money and better chance at winning the bet on average.

Basics of Sports Handicapping

Getting in on the handicapping business is tough for newcomers. The professionals of the industry either don't want to let their secrets to handicapping out, or want to charge a hefty fee for their method of attack.

There are, however, ways to get free handicapping guides. Scouring the Internet for such systems can usually turn up a healthy amount of results, but they aren't always legit or dependable. In that case, it is sometimes better to learn the process of sports handicapping through careful trial and error.

The only problem for most betting enthusiasts is that sports handicapping can be a full-time job. Careful analysis of numbers, trends, and correlations must be constantly studied to maintain a good return on investment and odds of winning. If the hours per bet required to make an educated decision isn't available, you may have to employ the use of a profession handicapper.

What to Look for In a Professional Handicapper

Sport handicapping is a full time job for most, meaning that the services of sport handicapping professionals don't always come cheap. It isn't uncommon to pay a few hundred dollars per month for advice and strategies professional handicappers provide.

The main goal in hiring a sports handicapper is to ensure their credibility. Ask to see any references or about any means of contacting their satisfied customers. Asking to see their past picks and analyzing their success rate is also a good way to verify trust within a sports handicapper.

But as the saying goes, there is no such thing as a sure thing. Likewise, sports handicappers will not be able to predict the outcome of every sport correctly each and every time. In fact, the majority of many sports handicappers might only have a 50%-60% success rate, depending on their specialization and skill set.

Free Alternatives to Sports Handicapping Services

As mentioned previously, the Internet has enabled some sports handicappers to offer their services for free. The problem is finding credible resources and experts in the industry that are willing to give up the information.

In exchange for free sports handicapping, most experts claim they can offer their services in exchange for displaying money-making ads or advertising premium sports picking services. Other services send out the picks in newsletters, which are slightly laced with advertisers and special offers.

The ads are a small price to pay, however, considering the normal going rate for a professional sports handicapper can be quite expensive. As one begins to learn from free services offered on the Internet, the ability of making educated guesses on sports matches becomes easier as time progresses meaning the need for a sports handicapping service is nonexistent in the first place.

Sports handicapping can still be a very risky and dangerous business. It is recommended that any betting be done with money that you can afford to lose. Certainly avoid going into gambling fits that addicts do all too often. After all betting should be a leisure activity, not an affliction.
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