There is no shortage of betting information available to the public, and for beginners it can be hard to know where to even begin when it comes to developing a sports betting strategy that will lead to long term success. Therefore we decided to make this list of simple and easy strategies that beginners can follow when they are still trying to find their feet in the business of sports betting, while still creating profit for them as well.
1. BETTING AGAINST THE PUBLIC
Betting ticket percentages are now readily available all over the internet for free. Sites like Sports Insights provide percentages for all US Sports, while sites like oddshark offer a consensus page (consensus is which side the public are on) across a variety of sports across the world. Betting against the public is a great way to get your toes wet into the world of sports betting and the theory behind it is quite simple: The majority of bettors lose money long term and therefore going contrarian and betting against heavily backed sides gives you a much better chance of putting your money in profitable and valuable spots over time.
2. FOLLOWING LINE MOVEMENT
The best way to follow this strategy is with sofascore’s dropping odds page. What you want to do is look for teams that you’d expect less people to be betting on, teams with worse records than their opponents etc, and when you see the odds falling for the “worse” side in the contest, that usually is a tell tell sign that wagers coming in on that team are from more respected and sharp bettors, meaning you’d be putting your money on the same side as the people that bet for a living which for obvious reasons is a very good thing. One thing you want to look out for though when following line movement is whether there have been any team changes or injuries that might be the responsible for the line movement rather than it being from any large bets.
3. FOCUSING ON A COUPLE OF TEAMS
When starting out it can be a great strategy to do a deep dive into just 1 or 2 teams. Study up on them, follow all their social media, learn about recent trends of the team, find out who they generally play well and do badly against, learn about their home and away split. Just become an expert in a couple of teams and make sure its in a sport you enjoy so that it will keep your interest, and when you know a lot about a teams situation going into every game it can lead to you finding some clear betting edges in certain fixtures that you can capitalize on long term. One thing to make sure of when following this strategy is not to do it with a team you support as this could lead to cloudy judgement as you will tend to be biased towards your team in your decision making.
4. SPECIALIZE IN A CERTAIN BETTING MARKET
This strategy is similar to the last one except instead of focusing on a team you’ll be putting your time into gaining knowledge on a betting market. This can be done on widely bet markets like handicaps and over/unders or you can go more obscure like quarter betting or 1st/2nd half betting. Find as much information as you can on teams performances in a certain betting market and become and expert in finding clear edges that teams have in certain parts/periods of a game. This can become a highly profitable strategy if you dedicate your time to learning the ins and outs of a market as the bookies are less likely to adjust their odds with a much lower volume of bets coming in on these different types of betting markets.
So there you have it. 4 simple sports betting strategies that are perfect for beginners looking to get started in the world of sports betting. They’re all very easy to follow/understand and if you apply proper bankroll management to any of the above strategies, then there is no reason you should ever have to make another deposit to your bookie again.