Timing is everything in any sport. From choosing exactly the right moment to make that precision pass to the substitution that utterly changes the tide of a game, big matches and games are won and lost by fractions of a second. But for those of us who, sadly, aren’t professional athletes or highly paid team coaches, timing is equally important. If you enjoy the spectacle of sports and enhance this by having a little wager or two on the big games, knowing when you should bet is a particular skill comparable to the timing an athlete will display. The timing of your flutter could mean the difference between a 16-ounce steak and no stake!
Early or Late?
When you bet the total in a clash between two big teams in a sport, keep in mind this rule used by successful bettors: bet the over early and the under late to maximize your winning potential. That’s because public betting tends to favour the ‘over’ (who doesn’t love a high-scoring game) so the number rises accordingly. Get in early for that and late if you’re leaning towards ‘under’. Of course, don’t bet blindly: take into account the many factors that will affect the score, like injuries and even the weather forecast. Due diligence will put money in your pocket.
For futures betting, there’s one rule of thumb for events in the long-term: get in early. The best time to bet on the Super Bowl or a Premier League fixture is as soon as the bookies reveal the odds. A lot can happen in the weeks and months leading up to big fixtures, so sometimes the outrageous long-shot pick will be on form by the time of the event and the odds much slimmer. The St Louis Cardinals’ amazing pick-up formto make and win the 2011 World Series, when all seemed lost, won one of their fans a cool $375,000 from a $500 stake. The timing of those bets, with his team in a slump of five games off from a playoff slot and with only 15 games left, was a masterstroke. Having faith is important, but having good timing is profitable!
Instead of placing your stake and then settling in to watch the big game, why not consider live betting instead? Growing in popularity, live betting is guaranteed to bring you closer to the action and, with some small successes, could make you a little richer too. This can all be done from the comfort of your favourite chair while you watch the game. During major events there are always a wide variety of prop bets to add to the buzz. Why not put a few quid on the coin toss or a spectacular turnover for some extra fun?
Should you need an extra shot of excitement in your sports spectacle, there is always the option of betting on the second half. That should guarantee to hold your interest right through the game, and if the NFL is your thing there are lots of chances to bet all the way down to a game’s fourth quarter. Good luck, and have a good time-ing!