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Common Mistakes Sports Bettors Make

Common Sports Betting Mistakes

Last updated on December 27th, 2021


Mistakes are unavoidable especially when you’re new to sports betting. Sports betting is not something that can ever truly be mastered. You can’t always expect things to go where you want it to. Even if you follow all the advice in numerous sports betting guides, it’s still highly possible that you’ll commit even at least a few mistakes. It’s important not to let the worry of making one stress you out too much. It should be noted that mistakes are part of the learning process.

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However, don’t think that mistakes stop as soon as you’ve gained experiences though since even the most successful bettors still make one every now and then.

Common Mistakes Sports Bettors Make

Simply being aware of such mistakes means you’re less likely to make them in the future.

Not understanding the basics of sports betting

This is one of the most common mistakes we can see from rookie sports bettors. Beginners tend to jump into things without having proper knowledge and understanding of the basics, which can greatly limit the possibility of a successful bet. With a small amount of dedicated time and research, beginners, even experts, can make better-informed assessments when betting. It is also important to take note of the basic sports betting strategy to improve one’s opportunities in winning.

Placing too many wagers

This mistake is often disregarded. This important aspect when betting on sports is having the patience to wait for the right opportunities to earn some money down. Unfortunately, patience is not something all bettors possess, especially the beginners. Most beginners place too many wagers, which is not ideal. A much better approach when betting is to be selective. Try focusing in one or two sports instead of placing stakes on each and every competition or event. Try looking for occasions where it’s possible to make good decisions about what might happen.

Mismanaging your bankroll

This is the mistake we can often see from numerous sports bettors. Many people are betting without any bankroll management. Rather, they just bet as much as they think they should on their sports picks without any specific plan behind it. By doing this, you are increasing the chances of exhausting all your betting money.  To avoid this, you should set aside enough money that is intended for the purpose of sports betting. The money should come from extra funds and not from the cash needed to pay for necessities. Bettors should also be willing to accept the risk of losing this bankroll without it having a large effect on financial priorities.

Not choosing the right bookmaker

Bettors have access to an endless variety of bookmakers they can choose from. Just like any other industry, there are different tactics to bookmaking and everyone will claim to be the best. However, bettors should be careful in analysing which bookmaker offers a lot more than the other. Choosing a bookmaker can either make or break your sports bets. To make things easier for bettors, VOdds trading platform gives access to numerous top Asian sportsbooks that offers the best real-time odds and competitive prices to its clients which can also multiply one’s betting opportunities.

Chasing Losses

Something to also avoid is chasing losses. Many bettors are guilty of committing this mistake. It’s easy to lose a bet and then quickly want to make another one to make up for it. However, when you bet based on a previous loss, you are likely to create a less informed choice, making you prone to another mistake, which can also increase the probability of losing again. When you lost a bet, it’s a good thing to let it sink in and take a break to reflect on what happened. Don’t do the mistake of rushing out and make another bet when you just lost one. Rather, place your time and energy in exploring other value bets.

Keep these in mind when you bet on sports to minimize your errors. Log in to VOdds for the highest real-time odds and prices or simply register if you don’t have an account yet.

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